Spanish Golden Age Literature; Colonial and Medieval Studies
(Ph.D., Princeton University)
Professor Checa’s research interests are mostly related to the literature and the culture of the Spanish Golden Age, although they also touch the fields of Colonial and Medieval studies. He has authored books and articles dealing with a variety on genres (narrative prose, lyric and epic poetry, the Golden Age comedia, didactic and historical prose) and focusing on topics such as the literary uses of space, the relations between poetry and the visual arts in the early modern period, the Baroque as a cultural and interdisciplinary notion, the concepts of experience and representation in 16th and 17th –century Hispanic literatures, self-fashioning in the early modern period. He has recently ventured in the area of textual criticism. In addition, his current work explores the ways through which some authors (such as Calderón de la Barca, Lope de Vega, Cervantes, Alonso de Ercilla, and Quevedo among others) incorporate in their texts certain ideological and historical issues; among them we find the justifications of war in relation to the increasing power of the State as well as the problem of rebellion—with particular attention to the Morisco minority and its literary representations. His publications include studies on Baltasar Gracián, Francisco Delicado, Teresa de Jesús, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Hernán Cortés, etc. He has published the books Gracián y la imaginación arquitectónica, Experiencia y representación en el Siglo de Oro, the anthology Barroco esencial, two surveys about Golden Age poetry, a study and critical edition of caldeón de la Barca´s Amar después de la muerte. He also has in press a critical edition of Lope de Vega’s El poder vencido.