Obed Lira

Obed Lira

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Affiliated Faculty in Latin American Studies
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Obed Lira's scholarship focuses on Colonial Latin American Literature, primarily 16th and 17th centuries, Classical Nahuatl literary and visual culture, and post-colonial and subaltern studies. He is currently spearheading the Florentine Codex Project, a collaborative Digital Humanities project that consists of a scholarly digital edition of Bernardino de Sahagún’s Historia general de las cosas de Nueva España.  Prof. Lira is also completing a book project that centers on the emotive rhetoric of humanitarian friar Bartolomé de las Casas.

 

Educational Background

  • Ph.D, Harvard University

  • A.M, Harvard University

  • B.A. St. John's College

Courses 

  • Latin American Cultural Traditions
  • Feeling the Spanish Conquest
  • Latinx Literature in the U.S.
  • Sor Juana: Poet, Thinker, Icon

Research Interests 

  • Colonial Latin American Literature              
  • Classical Nahuatl Literary and Visual Culture                       
  • Early Modern Spanish Literature                              
  • Affect Theory
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Digital Humanities
  • History of Science and Mathematics

Selected Publications

Cloistered Infinity: Sor Juana and the Metaphor of the Infinite Sphere.” Colonial Latin American Review, vol. 28 issue 4, 2019, pp. 538-555.

“New World Barbarians in Rinconete y Cortadillo” in Cervantes Transatlántico/Transatlantic Cervantes. Eds. Francisco Ramírez Santacruz and Pedro Ángel Palou. Ibérica. Peter Lang Publishing, 2019, pp. 33-47.

Bartolomé de las Casas, un lenguaje.” Public History Project of Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas - NOTICONQUISTA, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), 2019.

Wonder and the Ethics of Proximity in Las Casas's Apologética historia sumaria.” Hispanic Review, vol. 87 no. 3, 2019, pp. 309-331

Location

214 Coleman Hall