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Elizabeth Spragins

Ph.D. Candidate in Iberian and Latin American Cultures

Liz is a 6th year PhD student in Iberian and Latin American Cultures. She focuses on Iberian prose from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, particularly historiography that deals with imperial expansion. Her dissertation project, “Material Remains,” focuses on the function of corpses in narratives recounting the Portuguese defeat by Saʿdī forces at the battle of al-Qaṣr al-Kabīr in 1578. The outcome of this battle, though significantly less well known than the 1572 battle of Lepanto in which Miguel de Cervantes lost his hand, carried profound implications not just for the vanquished Portuguese, but also for Spain, Morocco, and the Western Mediterranean.


2007, Williams College, BA, Spanish
2008, Middlebury College, MA, Spanish literature
2010, University of Pennsylvania, MA, Hispanic studies