Associate Professor of Early Modern Spanish Literature, Co-convener of the “Race and the Early Modern World” Research Seminar (Center for Cultural Analysis of New Brunswick, and Review Editor of the Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America

Professor Ana Laguna has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Purdue 2002). Her research on the culture of sixteenth-and seventeenth-century Spain explores the relationship among literature, politics, and the visual arts, focusing on how literature reflects prominent artistic and socio-political anxieties. Her work has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Ministry of Culture of Spain and United States Universities, the Shakespeare Folger Institute, and the Rutgers Research Council.

She is the creator and Director of the MAT (Masters of Teaching Spanish) Program (2012-17) and of the Spanish for the Medical Professions Track.



  • Ciplijauskaité Fellowship for Spanish Peninsular Poetry, Institute of Research in the Humanities, University of Madison-Wisconsin (2020-2021)
  • Rutgers’s Chancellor Award for Community-Engaged Scholarship (2019)
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award (2018)
  • Rutgers’ Chancellor Award for Distinguished Teaching (2008)



Goodbye, Eros:  Recasting Forms and  Norms of Love in the Age of Cervantes. Co-edited with John Beusterien. Toronto University Press, 2020.

Cervantes and the Pictorial Imagination. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2009


Frederick de Armas. Anuario de Estudios Cervantinos 6 (2010): 275-77

Laura Bass. Renaissance Quarterly (2010): 583-84

Pablo Fabian Baler. Hispania 4. (2011): 763-64

Guadalupe Martí-Peña. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 2 (2010): 410-412

William Worden. Iberoamericana 10 (2010): 290-92

Mindy Nanarrow. Calíope. Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry 15.2 (2009): 102-105

Ignacio López Alemany. Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies 1 (2010): 311-313


Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters  

  • “In the Name of Love: The Harem as a Mediterranean Stage in La gran Sultana.” In Beyond the Playhouse: Cervantes’s Theatrical Revelations. Edited by Adrienne Martin and Esther Fernández. Accepted.
  • “Forging a Tawny Spain: Othello, Lepanto, and the Blackening of Iberia”  Revista Hispánica Moderna. Forthcoming.
  • “Turtle or Hare?:  Sancho’s Oracular Government and Cervantes’s Fables of Power.” Special Issue. Romance Notes, 2021.
  • “Eros in the Age of Cervantes.” Introduction.” Good bye, Recasting the Norms and Forms of Love in the Age of Cervantes. Toronto University Press, 2020. 3-29.
  • “The Un-Romantic Approach to Don Quixote.” Good bye, Recasting the Norms and Forms of Love in the Age of Cervantes. Toronto University Press, 2020. 247-70.
  • “Egocentricity Versus Persuasion: Eros, Logos and Pathos in Cervantes’s Marcela and Grisóstomo Episode.” Good bye, Recasting the Norms and Forms of Love in the Age of Cervantes. Toronto University Press, 2020. 33-52.
  • “Shipwrecked Na(rra)tion in Cervantes.” Hispanic Review 87.2 (2019): 183-207.
  • Eroticism in Unexpected Places: Equine Love in Don Quixote.” Sex and Gender in Cervantes/ Sexo y género en Cervantes. Ensayos en honor de Adrienne Laskier Martin. Ed. Esther Fernández Rodríguez and Mercedes Alcalá Galán. Kassel: Reichenberger, 2019. 113-32.
  • “On Trump, the Spanish Golden Age, and Christina Lee’s  Anxiety of Sameness  Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America 38.2 (2018): 205-209. 
  • “From Truth to Treason:  Clodio, and Persiles’s Other (Hi)Story.”  Ehumanista. Special Issue on Persiles (2016): 317-35.
  • Life is a Dream and the Fractures of Reason.” MLN 129.2 (2014): 238-254.
  • “On Quixote, Francoist Mythologies, and Generation Q.” Anuario de estudios cervantinos. Vigo: Academia del Hispanismo, 2014. 309-22.
  • “Antonio Pérez and the Art of Influence.” Signs of Power in Habsburg Spain and the New World. Ed. Jason McCloskey and Ignacio López.  Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press 2013. 133-52.
  • “The Unlikely Friendship of Cervantes and David Smith” exhib. cat. New York: Craig F. Starr Gallery, 2010.
  • “Cervantes en Hollywood. El curioso impertinente en Kissing a Fool (1998)”.  Don Quijote, cosmopolita: Nuevos estudios sobre la recepción internacional de la novela cervantina Colección Humanidades. Toledo: Publicaciones de la Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, 2009. 369-82.
  • Entre el museo y el teatro:  oportunidades didácticas de la entrada real de Ana de Austria en Madrid” (Between the Museum and the Theater:  Didactic Opportunities at Queen Ana’s Entry in Madrid). Bulletin de Comediantes. 61.2 (2009): 51-69.
  • “Through the Bonfires of Petrarchism: Flemish Aesthetics in Cervantes’s El coloquio de los perros.”  Hispanic Review 75. 1 (2007): 23-45.
  • “An Exemplar Case of Jealousy. Cervantes’s Jealous Old Man from Extremadura: Fall and Rise of Virtue as an Operative Principle.”  Hispanófila 143 (2005): 1-19.
  • “Ekphrasis in the Prologue to Don Quijote I:  Urganda ‘the Unknowable’ and the Mirrors of Fiction.”  Ekphrasis in the Age of Cervantes. Ed. Frederick de Armas. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2005. 135-57.
  • “Carmen Martín Gaite.  Ecos postmodernos.” Romance Languages Annual 9 (1997): 505-07.



  • “Carolyn Nadeau. Food Matters. Alonso Quijano’s Diet and the Discourse of Food in Early Modern Spain. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.” Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America. Forthcoming.

  • “Fuchs, Barbara, Larissa Brewer-García, and Aaron J. Ilika, “The Abecencerraje” and “Ozmín and Daraja” Two Sixteenth-Century Novellas from Spain. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. Review. Renaissance Quarterly 68.3 (2015): 1116-17.
  •  Alonso Jerónimo de Salas Barbadillo. Don Diego de noche. Ed. Enrique García Santo-Tomás. Review. Cincinnati Romance Review. 38 (Fall 2014): 291-293.
  • Ignacio López Alemany. Ilusión áulica e imaginación caballeresca en El cortesano de Luis Milán. Chapell Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2013. (REVIEW)
  • De Armas, Frederick, Ovid in the Age of Cervantes. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2010.  Review. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos  46.3 (2012): 571-574.
  • Dopico Black, Georgina y Francisco Layna Ranz, USA Cervantes. 39 Cervantistas en Estados Unidos. Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2009. Review. 2012.


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