Ryan Prendergast

Associate Professor of Spanish
PhD, Emory University

430 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-4113

Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00 am–12:00 pm, Thursdays 2:00–3:00 pm, or 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)
  • SP 200  Advanced Spanish Composition (Fall 2017)
  • SP 203  Origins and Empire: Reading the Early Hispanic World (Spring 2017)
  • 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 (Fall 2015)
  • 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