Luis F Avilés

Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
School of Humanities

PH.D., Brown University

Phone: (949) 824-6901
Fax: (949) 824-2803

University of California, Irvine
340G Humanities Hall
Irvine, CA 92697

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Golden Age Literature
My main research focuses on early modern Spanish literature and culture. After the publication of my first book on Baltasar Gracián and Baroque allegory, I developed a new project that explores spatial and visual representations in a number of early modern Spanish texts. I am finishing a book entitled Juegos visuales: espacio y mirada en la cultura literaria de los Siglos de Oro. The majority of the texts chosen in my study explore a notion of obstacle that allows for an active conception of vision, one that is mobile, asks questions, explores, and produces unanticipated perspectives and points of view. Early modern literary culture is not solely interested in the mystery of concealment and secrets, but rather in the process of making visible what stubbornly remains hidden or out of sight. This is precisely what is significant about the encounter with unfamiliarity, alterity, or difference at a literary and cultural level. I have published a number of articles on this subject and I am in the process of finishing the manuscript for publication.

I am also developing a third book project that explores the relationship between war and ethics in several early modern authors, particularly in Cervantes’s work. I am studying concepts such as hospitality, liberality, generosity, forgiveness, friendship, and gift-giving, and how these concepts are articulated by sixteenth and seventeenth century authors. On this new area of research, I have already published articles on military prudence and cleverness in Huarte de San Juan, as well as on the figure of the spectator as an ethical figure in Garcilaso de la Vega. I have also published articles on Cervantes’s Numancia and on the topic of liberality in El amante liberal.
Publications Lenguaje y crisis: las alegorías del Criticón. Madrid: Editorial Fundamentos, 1998.
  Edition - El trazo de la mirada: Escritura e imagen en España y Latinoamérica. Luis Avilés, Ivette Hernández-Torres and José A. Rosado, eds. Special Issue, La Torre. VI, numb. 20-21.
  Book Chapter: “Expanding the Self in a Mediterranean Context: Liberality and Deception in Cervantes’s El amante liberal.” In and Of the Mediterranean: Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies. Michelle Hamilton and Núria Silleras-Fernández, eds. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2015. 233-257.
  “En los límites de la amistad: silencio, risa, honestidad”. 80 Grados (Journal web, San Juan, Puerto Rico) May 8, 2015. (
  Book Chapter - “War and the Material Conditions for Suffering in Cervantes’s Numancia.” Chapter included in volume entitled Objects of Culture in the Literature of Imperial Spain. Mary Barnard and Frederick De Armas, Eds. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. 253-276.
  Book Chapter - “La prudencia militar: el capitán y el soldado en El examen de ingenios de Huarte de San Juan.” Rompa con dulces números el canto: homenaje a Antonio Carreño. Special volume of the journal Rilce. Revista de Filología Hispánica. Chad J. Leahy and Antonio Sánchez Jiménez. 26.1 (2010): 37-51.
  Book Chapter - “Etica del espectador: Vermeyen y Garcilaso ante la conquista de Túnez.” Cánones críticos en la poesía de los Siglos de Oro. Pedro Ruiz, ed. Vigo: Academia del Hispanismo, 2008. 87-110.
  Book Chapter - “Caring the Self: Foucault, Guevara, and the Complexities of Courtly and Country Life.” Pastoral and the Humanities: Arcadia Re-Inscribed. Mathilde Skoie and Sonia Bjornstad Velázquez, eds. Exeter, England: Bristol Phoenix Press, 2006. 78-86.
  Book Chapter - “En el límite de la mirada: el espectador en Don Quijote.” Cervantes y su mundo II. Kurt Reichenberger and Darío Fernández Morera, eds. Kassel, Germany: Edition Reichenberger, 2005. 1-22.
  Article - “Las asperezas de Garcilaso.” Calíope 11, No. 1 (2005): 21-47.
  Article - "Los suspiros del Abencerraje". Hispanic Review 71 (2003).
  Book Chapter - “Damas (in)visibles, amores de oídas.” Article included in El trazo de la mirada: Escritura e imagen en España y Latinoamérica. Luis F. Avilés, Ivette Hernández and José Rosado, eds. Special Issue La Torre, VI, numb. 20-21 (2001): 163-191.
  Article - "Sor Juana en el punto de fuga: la mirada en Este que ves, engaño colorido". Bulletin of Hispanic Studies LXXVII: 413-431.
  Article - "Fortaleza tan guardada: casa, alegoría y melancolía en El celoso extremeño." Cervantes 18: 71-95.
  Article - "To the Frontier and Back: The Centrifugal and the Centripetal in Cervantes' Persiles y Sigismunda and Gracián's El Criticón." Symposium 50, num. 2: 141-163.
Fall 1996
  Article -"Contemplar mi stado: las posibilidades del yo en el soneto I de Garcilaso." Calíope Vol. 2, num. 1: 58-78.
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