Javier Irigoyen-García

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Research Interests

Early Modern Iberian Literature and Culture

Professional Information

My research focuses on the representation of race, ethnicity, and class difference in early modern Spain. My first book The Spanish Arcadia: Sheep Herding, Pastoral Discourse, and Ethnicity in Early Modern Spain (University of Toronto Press, 2013) analyzes the social and ethnocentric uses of the pastoral romances by revealing their interrelation with discourses on race, animal husbandry, and nation building in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain. My second book, “Moors Dressed as Moors”: Clothing, Social Distinction, and Ethnicity in Early Modern Iberia (University of Toronto Press, 2017) studies the production, circulation, and consumption of Moorish clothing among both Old Christians and Moriscos to show that it was a sign of status which conditioned sartorial practices, discourses on social preeminence, and literary representations. I am currently working on a project, tentatively entitled Utopias of Infamy, dealing with the political value of insults as a source of collective identity in the early modern Spanish imaginary.


PhD in Romance Languages. University of Pennsylvania
MA in Spanish. University of Colorado at Boulder
BA in Hispanic Philology. Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Honors & Awards

2016-2021. Conrad Humanities Scholar. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
2014-2015. Helen Corley Petit Scholar. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Office Address

4080 FLB M/C 176 Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

  • La expulsión de los moriscos en El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (1614) de Alonso Fernández de Avellaneda

    Translated title of the contribution: The expulsion of the Moors in The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha (1614) by Alonso Fernández de AvellanedaIrigoyen-García, J., Mar 2016, In : MLN - Modern Language Notes. 131, 2, p. 336-355 20 p.

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  • “Como hacen los moros a los cristianos”: Raza, género e identidad cultural en “Tarde llega el desengaño” de María de Zayas

    Translated title of the contribution: "Just as Moors do to Christians": Race, gender and cultural identity in Maria de Zayas' "Late Was the Disappointment"Irigoyen-García, J., Jan 1 2016, In : Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanicos. 40, 2, p. 357-370 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Activities

    El juego de cañas, la comedia y la materialidad del ‘traje moro’

    Javier Irigoyen Garcia (Speaker)

    Nov 7 2013Nov 10 2013

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    Sambenitos privados: ‘El obstinado arrepentido’ de Alonso de Castillo Solórzano

    Javier Irigoyen Garcia (Speaker)

    Apr 18 2013Apr 20 2013

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    On the Risks of Policing Infamy: The Case of Sancho’s sambenito

    Javier Irigoyen Garcia (Speaker)

    Mar 21 2015

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Moorishness and Spanishness in Early Modern European Festivals

    Javier Irigoyen Garcia (Speaker)

    Jan 9 2014Jan 12 2014

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk