Sean Gullickson earned a BA in Spanish, Psychology and Religion at St. Olaf College before receiving his MA and PhD in Spanish Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research is focused primarily on Early Modern Spanish literature and reflects his wide-ranging, interdisciplinary background. His current project seeks to analyze captive narratives of the Early Modern Mediterranean in terms of a socio-cultural understanding of religious, superstitious and supernatural belief and through the application of contemporary, non-Freudian psychological frameworks to captive traumas. Other research interests include Cervantes, the morisco rebellions and expulsion, and religious and cultural exchange in the Early Modern Mediterranean. He also seeks to make productive connections between Golden Age Spain and other areas, as evidenced by a recent presentation on Cervantes and the creation of national identity in José Cadalso’s Cartas marruecas, and by his recently published article, “The King, the Rebel and the Soldier: Trauma and Culture Before the 19th Century,” a comparative literature approach to representations of trauma focused on the eponymous hero of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Hotspur from Shakespeare’s Henry IV, part 1 and Jerónimo de Pasamonte’s vida.
As a lecturer and course coordinator at Kansas, Sean has had the privilege of teaching a wide variety of courses, including SPAN 104, 212, 324, 328 and 346. In Spring 2016 he coordinated SPAN 328, and during the academic year 2016-17 he coordinated both SPAN 324 and 328. He is looking forward to teaching a Freshman Honors seminar (HNRS 190) on witchcraft in the Fall of 2017. He has also completed Safe Zone training, served as a faculty advisor on a committee to establish interfaith reflection spaces on campus and facilitated a series of conversation exchanges between KU students and visiting students from Mexico.