Patricia Manning

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Associate Professor
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University of Kansas
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Lawrence, KS 66045-7590


Patricia W. Manning (B.A. Brown University; M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. Yale University) has a wide range of research interests in early modern Spanish literature, including sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetry, prose and drama, book and visual culture, the Inquisition, emblems and the Society of Jesus. Her research uses archival evidence to enhance our interpretation of early modern Spanish cultural products, particularly via the analysis of the manner in which individuals skirted regulations.

She is working on two book projects, Taste and Economics in the Age of the Inquisition: Publishing and Consuming Novella Collections in Early Modern Madrid, which examines how factors such as taste and the influence exerted by the Inquisition impacted booksellers’ marketing of short story collections to newly literate readers, and Bad (and Good) Boys of the Society of Jesus: The Jesuits and Their Texts, which focuses on the manner in which Jesuit authors negotiated regulations to circulate their works. Her current research also includes several clusters of articles: one on rewritings of early modern Spanish literature in the twentieth century and another on early modern booksellers in Madrid.

Her book, Voicing Dissent in Seventeenth-Century Spain: Inquisition, Social Criticism and Theology in the Case of El Criticón (Brill, 2009) examines the manner in which clerics like Baltasar Gracián negotiated inquisitorial strictures. Several articles analyze various aspects of the Society of Jesus, including leave-taking procedures, emblems and publication protocol in journals such as the Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme and eHumanista and Brill’s Jesuit Historiography Online collection. She also has published articles on the Quijote, Mariana de Carvajal’s Navidades de Madrid, Spanish dream culture, the illustration tradition of “El coloquio de los perros” and teaching early modern Spanish texts at a variety of language levels. Her research has been supported by the Bibliographical Society of America, a Franklin Fellowship from the American Philosophical Society, a Paul Oskar Kristeller Memorial Grant from the Renaissance Society of America and a Charles Montgomery Gray short-term fellowship at the Newberry Library.

Research Interests

  • Early modern Spain
  • Religious culture
  • Visual and book culture

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