Isidro Rivera, Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Associate Professor
Director, Undergraduate Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2636
University of Kansas
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Lawrence, KS 66045-7590


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A.M., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A.B., Comparative Literature, Columbia University


My principal area of research and teaching is the literature of medieval Iberia. I am currently preparing a study of the intersection of print culture and devotional reading during the reign of Isabel de Castilla. My publications have appeared in Journal of Hispanic Philology, Modern Language Notes, Celestinesca, Revista Hispánica Moderna, and Hispanic Review.

Teaching Interests

  • Spanish Literature
  • History of the Book
  • Fifteenth-century Castile
  • Library of Isabel de Castilla
  • Reading practices of late medieval Castile
  • Muslim-Jew-Christian interactions
  • Print Culture


Ficción sentimental and related works of fifteenth-century Spain; Celestina

Devotional Reading in fifteenth-century Castile;

The Library of Isabel de Castilla;

Reading practices in Late Medieval Castile;

Strategies of Publisher Self-identification in the Early Imprints; Book History

Print Culture in Late Medieval Castile;

The Structures of Devotion in Late Medieval Iberia;

Visual Sources of the Cromberger 1526 edition of the Historia de la doncella Teodor;

Paratextual Narrativization in La vida e hystoria del rey Apolonio (Zaragoza [?], 1489[?]);

Critical Approaches to Medieval Literature

Research Interests

  • Iberian
  • Middle Ages
  • Castilian
  • Book Culture
  • Book History
  • Celestina
  • Late Medieval Culture

Selected Publications

Rivera, Isidro J. "“Reading the Passion in Andrés de Li’s Summa de paciencia”." Revista Hispánica Moderna (Columbia University, NYC) 67.1 (Jun./Jul. 2014): 55-72.


Isidro J. Rivera received his B.A. from Columbia University and has earned the M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

His principal area of research is medieval narrative, with a special emphasis on the literature of fifteenth-century Spain. He has edited with Donna Rogers a critical edition and study of the Historia de la doncella Teodor (Binghamton, NY: Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, 2000). Presently, Rivera is finishing a study of the impact of print culture on devotional literature during the reign of the Isabel de Castilla. A participant in NEH Summer Institute on the Alfonsine Contributions to Medieval Spanish Literature and Culture sponsored by the University of Kentucky, Rivera has finished an edition of the Brussels exemplar of the Historia de la Linda Melosina (Toulouse, 1489). Rivera has organized special sessions on the Libro de buen amorCárcel de amor, and Celestina for the International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan. His publications on medieval literature have appeared in Journal of Hispanic Philology, Modern Language Notes, Celestinesca, and Hispanic Review. He has co-authored with Kimberly Nance Técnicas de composición (Houghton, Mifflin, 2003). Rivera has directed the University of Kansas Program in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, and the Kansas Spanish Summer Language Institute, Barcelona. A member of the MLA, Renaissance Society of America, Sixteenth Century Studies, IMANA,  and the Medieval Association of the Midwest, Rivera is the current Managing Editor of La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures and Cultures and serves on the Executive Committee, MLA Division on Spanish Medieval Language and Literature, and on the Editorial Board of The Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World (Brill). He is a recipient of a Cramer Award in recognition of excellence in teaching.


Age of Isabel de Castilla, History of the Book, Visual Culture of Medieval Iberia, Hispano-Arabic-Jewish-Christian Interactions in Medieval Iberia, Literacy and Reading Practices in the Middle Ages, Alfonsine Studies, Affective Devotion in Late Medieval Castile

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