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Ryan Prendergast

  • Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Chair, Modern Languages and Cultures

PhD, Emory University

408A Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-4113

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 3-4 p.m. and by appointment


Ryan Prendergast's current project analyzes early modern Spanish theater's entremés as a marginal space used to critique Catholic Spain's religious and cultural norms. He is also exploring Alonso de Castillo Solózano's literary representation of class and gender.

Research Overview

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • CLT 101E:  Censorship (Spring 2016)
  • CLT 200:  Censorship (Topics in Critical Thinking) (Fall 2018)
  • SP 200:  Advanced Spanish Composition (Fall/Spring)
  • SP 203:  Origins and Empire: Reading the Early Hispanic World (Fall 2018)
  • SP 205:  Spain: Past, Present, and Future (Spring 2015)
  • SP 215:  "Don Quixote": The Book, the Myth, the Image (Fall 2016)
  • SP 218:  Saints, Sinners, and Sovereigns in Medieval and Early Modern Spain (Spring 2018)
  • SP 249B:  Stages of Resistance: Representing Identity, Power and Gender in Spanish Theater (Spring 2013)
  • SP 249E:  Reading Fables, Telling Tales in Medieval and Early Modern Spain (Fall 2016)
  • SP/HIS 255:  1492 and Beyond: Identity, Culture, and Society in Colonial Latin America – co-taught with Pablo Sierra (Fall 2017)
  • SP 262G:  Colonial Latin American Literature (Fall 2014)

Selected Publications


Literature and cultural history of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain, with special interest in Don Quijote, early modern theater, Inquisition studies, and transatlantic approaches to early modern literature