Margot Versteeg

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Interim Director of the Humanities Program Associate Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese
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Margot Versteeg holds two MAs, one in Translation Studies and one in Spanish Literature, from the University of Amsterdam and received her Ph.D. from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Her area of specialization is contemporary peninsular cultural studies, focusing mainly on the 19th and early 20th century. Before she came to KU she taught at the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University in The Netherlands.

Her monograph De fusiladores y morcilleros. El discurso cómico del género chico (1870-1910) was published by Rodopi in 2000. Her most recent book, Jornaleros de la pluma. Hacia la (re)definición del papel del escritor-periodista en la revista Madríd Cómico was published in 2011 with Iberoamericana/Vervuert. Her most recent book project, about the theater of Emilia Pardo Bazán, Propuestas para (re)construir una nación: el teatro de Emilia Pardo Bazán, is forthcoming.

Versteeg’s scholarly articles have appeared in, among others, Diálogos hispánicos, Foro Hispánico, Gestos, Excavatio, España Contemporánea, New Comparison,cover of Journalerso de la pluma Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Hispania, Journal of Iberian and Latinamerican Studies, ALEC, Hecho teatral, Moenia, and Siglo Diecinueve. She also authored several book chapters, among others in Au natural: Rereading Hispanic Naturalism, edited by J. P. Spicer-Escalante and Lara Anderson, and in Perfiles del heroismo en la literatura hispanica de entresiglos (XIX-XX), edited by Luis Alvarez-Castro and Denise DuPont (2013).

Currently, she is working on a project called Divas and Chorus Girls, a study of representations of female performers in 19th and early 20th century Spain. Versteeg is also editing a volume on Pardo Bazan in the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching World Literatures series (with Susan Walter, U Denver), and one on Spanish Realism (with Mary Coffey, Pomona College). She has been awarded a Cramer Award and a Cramer professorship (2012-2014) for excellence in research and teaching. In 2016 she was awarded a Mortar Board outstanding educator award. Previously, she received a Grotius research fellowship from the University of Amsterdam.

In 2009 she developed, with María García Otero (Francis Marion University), a summer course for European Studies that took a group of KU students along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Versteeg has frequently (co)directed KU’s Summer Language Institutes in Barcelona, Spain (2007, 2010, 2012), Puebla, Mexico (2008) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011, 2013, 2014, 2017).

Dissertators working with Margot Versteeg have recently worked or are currently working on a series of topics related to performance studies (adultery in 19th and early-20th century plays, female performances of violence, and theatre under Franco’s dictatorship).


19th and early 20th century Spanish narrative and performance studies, periodical and gender studies, the Spanish civil war, European studies


Ph.D., Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

M.A., Spanish literature, Universiteit van Amsterdam

M.A., Translation Studies (French, German), Universiteit van Amsterdam

Teaching Interests

  • 19th and early 20th century literature
  • Realism, Performance, Spanish Civil War

Research Interests

  • 19th and early 20th century cultural studies, especially theater, performance, intellectual history

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