Enrique García Santo-Tomás

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E. Garcia Santo-Tomas 3

Professor of Spanish

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Romance Languages & Literatures
  • About

    Although I am a literary scholar by training, I have spent the last decade working on the history of science and technology in the Iberian Peninsula. My first three books (2000-08) explored the material conditions surrounding the rise and canonization of a number of major writers of early modern Spain. My current project, tentatively titled “Trilogy of the Muses,” explores the fruitful, yet under-explored dialogue between scientific discoveries in the European context and the development of fiction in Cervantes and his contemporaries. The first monograph of this new path, titled La musa refractada (2014), focuses on optics and astronomy, and specifically on the Spanish fortunes of Galileo’s telescope. Two new books in progress, La musa encinta and La musa giratoria, respectively tackle the disciplines of early modern obstetrics and mechanics in their conversation with the fiction of the time.

    I am also the editor of several anthologies on early modern Spanish literature and culture, as well as of half a dozen critical editions of pieces by Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, and Alonso Jerónimo de Salas Barbadillo. I have authored over 120 book chapters, articles, and reviews on early modern Spanish literature and culture, with recent and forthcoming work in PMLA, MLN, Modern Philology, Hispanic Review, Cuadernos de Teatro Clásico, Revista Iberoamericana, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Hispania: Revista Española de Historia, RILCE, Bulletin of the Comediantes, and Crítica Hispánica, as well as in compilations by MLA, Brill, Toronto, Castalia, Turner, Ashgate, and Cambridge UP.


    La musa refractada: literatura y óptica en la España del Barroco (2014 [2nd ed., 2015]).
    English translation forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press.

    Modernidad bajo sospecha: Salas Barbadillo y la cultura material del siglo XVII (2008).

    Espacio urbano y creación literaria en el Madrid de Felipe IV (2004).

    La creación del ‘Fénix’: recepción crítica y formación canónica del teatro de Lope de Vega (2000).

    Critical editions: 

    Francisco Santos, Día y noche de Madrid (Cátedra, forthcoming in 2016).

    Tirso de Molina, Amar por arte mayor (U de Navarra, 2015).

    Salas Barbadillo, Don Diego de Noche (Cátedra, 2013).

    Tirso de Molina, Don Gil de las calzas verdes (Cátedra, 2009 [2nd ed., 2010; 3rd ed., 2013; 4th ed., 2014]).

    Salas Barbadillo, La hija de Celestina (Cátedra, 2008).

    Lope de Vega, Arte nuevo de hacer comedias (Cátedra, 2006 [2nd ed. 2009; 3rd ed., 2012]).

    Lope de Vega, Las bizarrías de Belisa (Cátedra, 2004).

    Edited volumes and journal issues: 

    Cervantes and the Politics of Reading (The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 47. 3 [2017]). Co-edited.

    Nocturnalia: poéticas de la noche en España, siglos XV-XVIII (eHumanista, 2012)

    Materia crítica: formas de ocio y de consumo en la cultura áurea (Vervuert Iberoamericana 2009).

    Hacia la tragedia áurea: lecturas para un nuevo milenio (Vervuert Iberoamericana 2008). Co-edited.

    Espacios domésticos en la literatura áurea (Insula 2006).

    Cervantismos americanos (Insula 2005).

    El teatro del Siglo de Oro ante los espacios de la crítica: encuentros y revisiones (Iberoamericana 2002).


    Las verdades del arce (Calambur 2001).

    Retorno a Itaca (Universidad de Murcia 1998).

    Recent graduate courses taught: 

    The Baroque Wunderkammer
    Petrarch’s Spanish Inheritors: Revolution and Dissolution
    Material Culture and the Baroque Stage
    All Things Quixote: Readings, Visions, Mappings
    Early Modern Spanish Poetry: The Conquest of Space and Capital
    Law, Memory, and Representation in Golden Age Theater

    Recent undergraduate courses taught: 

    Early Modern Female (Auto)Biographies
    Cervantes’ Exemplary Novels
    The Spanish Picaresque Novel
    Don Quixote
    Golden Age Spanish Literature: Rethinking the Classics


    Michigan Humanities Award (2013)

    Elected Senior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows (2011)

    Winner of the 2009 William Riley Parker Prize for an Outstanding Article in PMLA for “Fortunes of the Occhiali Politici in Early Modern Spain: Optics, Vision, Points of View” (PMLA 124. 1, 2009).

    Awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2007-2008). 

    Winner of the 2005 Premio de Ensayo Villa de Madrid / Premio de Investigación Municipal Antonio Maura for Espacio urbano y creación literaria en el Madrid de Felipe IV (Vervuert Iberoamericana 2004).

    Winner of the 2001 Premio Leandro F. de Moratín de Ensayo a la Investigación Teatral for La creación del ‘Fénix’: recepción crítica y formación canónica del teatro de Lope de Vega (Gredos 2000).

    Winner of a 2000 Fundación Juan March Manuscript Award for La creación del ‘Fénix’: recepción crítica y formación canónica del teatro de Lope de Vega (Gredos 2000).

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Brown University, 1998
    • Licenciatura, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1992
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Early Modern Spanish Literature
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