Dr. Isidro J. Rivera, Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Spanish & Portuguese
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall, 2636
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
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.

For more information about my activities, see http://www.people.ku.edu/~ijrivera/

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. “Devotional Reading and the Visual Dynamics of La passion del eterno principe (Burgos, 1493?),” forthcoming in Hispanic Review, refereed journal.

Rivera, Isidro J. "'En palonbar criadas': Monastic environment and religious identity in the Poema de Santa Oria." Essays in Medieval Studies 33 (2018): 35-50. Refereed Journal.

Rivera, Isidro J.  "Review of Simone Pinet, The Task of the Cleric: Cartography, Translation, and Economics in Thirteenth-Century Iberia. University of Toronto Press. University of Toronto Quarterly 87.3 (2018): 359-61. Refereed Journal.

Rivera, Isidro, Cunningham, Keah, Alder, Erik, Ivers, Christina (Ed.). La corónica Commons. La corónica Common MLA LLC Medieval Iberian, November/December 2017. http://lcc.ku.edu/.

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. DOI://doi.org/10.1353/rhm.2014.0008.

Rivera, Isidro J., and Kimberly Nance. Aprendizaje: A Course in Spanish Composition. 2ndnd ed. Houghton-Mifflin, 2003.

Rivera, Isidro, Rogers, Donna (Ed.). Historia de la Doncella Teodor: Edition and Study. Binghamton, NY: Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, 2000.

Rivera, Isidro J. "Performance and Prelection in the Early Printed Editions of Celestina." Celestinesca 22 (1998): 3-20.

Rivera, Isidro J. "The Historia de la linda Melosina and the Construction of Romance in Late Medieval Castile." MLN (Johns Hopkins: Johns Hopkins Press) 112 (1997): 131-46. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3251455.

Rivera, Isidro J. "Visual Structures and Verbal Representation in the Comedia de Calisto y Melibea (Burgos, 1499?)." Celestinesca 19 (1995): 3-30.

Rivera, Isidro J. "Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, 'El Cid'." Historic World Leaders. Ed. Anne Commire, Ed. Deborah Klezmer. Vol. 2. Detroit: Gale Research, 1994. 332-35.

Rivera, Isidro J. "Marriage and the Exchange of Power in the Poema de Mio Cid." Journal of Hispanic Philology 17 (1993): 129-53.

Rivera, Isidro J. "Duplicity and the Mediation of Desire in Petrus Alfonsi's De canicula lacrimante." Estudios alfonsinos y otros escritos. En homenaje a John Esten Keller y a Aníbal Biglieri . New York: National Hispanic Foundation for the Humanities, 1991. 189-95.

Rivera, Isidro J. "Strengleikar," "Brother Robert," "Queen Eufemia," and "King Hákon Hákonarson." The New Arthurian Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Press, 1991: 433-34, 56, 147, 219-20.

Selected Presentations

“Race in Medieval Iberian Studies,” 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 7th – 10th, 2020, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

“Chivalric Romance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Iberia for the New Millennium,” 66th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, April 3rd, 2020, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“Race and Its Historiography in Medieval Iberian Studies,” 2020 Modern Language Association Annual Convention, January 12th, 2020, Seattle, Washington.

“Mapping Race in the Historia de la linda Melosina (Toulouse, 1489),” paper presented at the Movement and Mobility in the Medieval Mediterranean (6th – 15th Centuries) Conference, Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, Catalunya, July 9th, 2019. Refereed Activity.

“Exploring research and teaching in La corónica Commons,” Paper presented at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14, 2017. Refereed Activity.

“Talavera’s ‘Avisación’ and Women’s Reading in Fifteenth-century Castile,”  Paper presented at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, March 30, 2017. Refereed Activity.

“‘En palonbar criadas’: Monastic environment and religious identity in the Poema de Santa Oria,” Paper presented at the Illinois Medieval Association, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, February 25, 2017. Refereed Activity.

Please see CV for more Presentations.


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