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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 5 - 6 p.m. and Thursday 2 - 3 p.m.


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

Research Interests

  • Representations of identity and difference in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain and Spanish America

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