Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the College
Miguel Martínez’s research and teaching focus on the cultural and literary histories of the early modern Iberian world, with a special emphasis on the global dimensions of cultural production and circulation in the period. His work deals with the literary practices of the imperial popular soldiery, an often forgotten social group that traveled all around the early modern world and engaged in the production, consumption, and exchange of a large and varied corpus of writing. His research is also concerned with cultural controversy and struggle over certain writers and literary products in a context of national and imperial conflict. Topics include competing Spanish and English translations of Camões’Os Lusíadas, the problematic imitation of Góngora by Portuguese authors during the Restoration War, and the reception of Quevedo’s colonial satires. His work has appeared in Hispanic Review, Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, and Voz y letra.
Martínez is working on his first book, which explores the relationship between transnational military culture and the writing and reading of Renaissance epic poetry by plebeian and hidalgo soldiers in a context of constant imperial war. Forthcoming publications include “The Spell of National Identity: War and Soldiering on the North African Frontier” and “Language, Nation, and Empire in Early Modern Iberia.”
He earned a PhD in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literatures and languages from the Graduate Center, the City University of New York, and a BA in Spanish literature from the University of Valladolid, Spain.
Martínez joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.