Ángel María Rañales Pérez

Ángel María Rañales Pérez
  • Ph.D. Student
  • Medieval Iberia
  • University Graduate Studies Fellow
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Spanish & Portuguese

Contact Info

Wescoe Hall 2031


Ángel María Rañales Pérez (Mugardos, A Coruña) is an ABD student in the Spanish and Portuguese Department. His research interests include medieval and early-modern Iberian literature and culture, with a particular attention to fifteenth-century Castilian chivalry and the court of Isabel of Castile. Ángel collaborates with La corónica CommonsMedieval Iberian Languages, Literatures & Cultures as assistant editor and with Digitus Indie Publisher as editorial board member.


Dissertation Title: Chivalric Legitimacy: Iberian Romances and Queenship under Isabel of Castile

My dissertation examines the practice of medieval and early modern chivalric discourse to build authoritative female agencies through book history, print, visual and material culture. I observe that all sorts of material entities that revolve around chivalry established subtle connections with the literary mentality and the popularity of romance, which altogether served as a vehicle to secure and institute the power of Isabel I of Castile. Unlike conceptualizations of Iberian queenship that depend on a static and intentional female positionality to execute authority, I contend that chivalry was implicitly adopted by the queen and culturally adapted by literary and editorial agents through various modes of material representation to eventually propagate an organic poetics that consolidated female intervention, both in court and urban centers.

The goal of the dissertation is to elucidate the narrative adaptability of European and Iberian romance to regulate an ideologically complex chivalric discourse intersected with material artifacts as modes of political expression.

Research interests:

  • Late Medieval Culture
  • Manuscript and Print Culture
  • Chivalric Literature and Discourse
  • Translation Studies
  • Neo-medievalism
  • Knighthood
  • Burgos
  • el Camino de Santiago


Courses Taught:

SPAN 471 (Studies in Spanish-American Culture and Civilization: Conversation), Study Abroad

SPAN 428 (Advanced Spanish Conversation)

SPAN 346/LAA 318 (Transatlantic/ Transnational Hispanic Cultures)

SPAN 340 (Textual Analysis and Critical Reading)

SPAN 328 (Intermediate Spanish Conversation)

SPAN270/271 (Hispanic Language, Culture and Civilization II A-B), Coordinator

SPAN 220 (Intensive Intermediate Spanish), Study Abroad            

SPAN 216 (Intermediate Spanish II)

SPAN 212 (Intermediate Spanish I)          

SPAN 111 (Intensive Elementary Spanish)

Teaching interests:

  • Communicative Language Teaching
  • Backwards Design
  • Scaffolding
  • Active Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Digital Learning
  • Inclusive Classroom
  • Safe Zone Training
  • Flexible Teaching Training

Selected Publications

Digital Humanities Course Project, "Picturing Hispanismo: History, Voices and Texts", Spanish and Portuguese Department, University of Kansas.

Medieval Iberian Crusade Fiction and the Mediterranean World by David Wacks.” Review. La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Forthcoming. Refereed Journal.

“Medievalism, Peregrination and Tourism: The Twenty-First Century Case of El Passo Honroso in Hospital de Órbigo, León”. International Journal of Iberian Studiesvol. 34, no. 3, 2021, pp. 217-231. Refereed Journal.

“’Su querer es obrar’: cultura impresa salmantina y visualidad de santidad en Los libros de la madre Teresa de Iesus”. Romance Notes, vol 61, no. 1, 2021, pp. 147-160. Refereed Journal.

Contrapuntos VIII: Patiens, editor. Digitus Indie Publishers, 2021.

“Una discusión sobre el método de interpretación histórica de Quentin Skinner”. La razón histórica​, no. 44, September-December 2019, pp. 1-7.

Group Online Exhibition, Books of Hours: The Art of Devotion. Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas, Lawrence (Catalogue).

Selected Presentations

“Knighting the Queen: Public Display and Citizenship in Late Medieval Burgos”. Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Washington DC, January, 2022.

“Visual Materiality under Isabel and Fernando: Chronicle Writing and Political Sovereignty in Fifteenth-Century Castilian Brotherhoods.” 9th International Conference of the Medieval Chronicle Society, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland), Virtual, July, 2021.

“’Yo so mujer et huerfana no me entiendo en cavalleria’: Reading Iberian Queenship in Late-Medieval Romances”. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Virtual, April, 2021.

“The Future of Ph.D. Programs in the Humanities: Reflections from the Ph.D. program in Spanish”, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Kansas, February, 2021.

Virtual Round-Table Discussion, III Congreso Internacional “O camiño do Medievalista: e fazian fondamentos”, University Santiago de Compostela (Spain), September, 2020.

“Neo Medieval Tourism: The Twenty-First Century-Case of El Passo Honroso of Suero de Quiñones in Hospital del Órbigo, León”. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, April, 2019.

“Painting cofrades in Late Medieval Burgos: Widening Chivalric Representations through Castilian Brotherhoods”. Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Newberry Library, Center for Renaissance Studies, Chicago, January, 2018.       

“Knights, Jousts and Visual Power. Fostering a New Readership in La historia de los nobles cavalleros Oliveros de Castilla y Artus dalgarbe”. Medieval Association of the Midwest Conference, Lawrence, October, 2017.

Awards & Honors

2021-2023   Scholars Fellowship Program, Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC)

2021    Summer Research Scholarship, Graduate Studies

2021    Carlin GTA Award, Graduate Studies

2020    GTA Flex and Online Teaching Program Award, Center for Teaching Excellence

2019    Roberta Johnson Award for Academic Performance, Spanish and Portuguese

2019    Nomination for Graduate Student Distinguished Service Award

2019    L.R. Fox Graduate Scholarship Fund

2018    Graduate Research Consultant Award, Center for Undergraduate Research

2018    Medieval and Early Modern Studies Certificate, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

2018    Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant, Hall Center for the Humanities

2017    Kate Stephens Fellowship, Research Travel Grant

2017    Graduate University Fellowship, Graduate Studies

2016    Tinker Foundation Research Grant, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies