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About Carolyn A Nadeau

Dr. Nadeau is the Byron S. Tucci Professor of Spanish at Illinois Wesleyan University where she teaches medieval and early modern Spanish literature and culture classes as well as the courses, “Spanish for Social Justice” and “Medical Spanish and Cultural Competency for Health Care.” Her research focuses on food representation in sixteenth-century and seventeenth-century Spanish literature. Her recent monograph, Food Matters. Alonso Quijano’s Diet and the Discourse of Food in Early Modern Spain, contextualizes the shifts in Spain’s gastronomic history at many levels of society and in the process explores the evolving social and cultural identity of early modern Spain. She has published dozens of articles in leading journals including Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Revista canadiense de estudios hispánicos, La Perinola, and Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America and has volume chapters published in Canada, England, Spain and Serbia. Her first book, Women of the Prologue: Imitation, Myth, and Magic in Don Quixote I, explores the significance of the women of the prologue in Don Quijote I and Cervantes's impact on the pressing question of literary continuation and cultural authority in Golden Age Spain. She has also published a critical edition of Quevedo's El buscón and has written on mythological female figures in the comedia, and the role of the wife and mother in sixteenth-century advice manuals, and the treatment of medical advise in both women’s domestic manuals and men’s academic treatises.


Present Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies, Illinois Wesleyan University Department of Hispanic Studies

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Contributions to Collected Essays and Conference Proceedings (9)

Faculty Advisor of Undergraduate Research (14)