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Johnson, Paul Michael, Ph.D.




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Modern Languages, East College, Room 215
Greencastle, IN

Modern Languages

Assistant Professor of Modern Languages (Spanish)

After graduating from DePauw with a B.A. in Romance Languages, Paul Michael Johnson received his M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College in Spain and his Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Irvine, along with an emphasis in Critical Theory.  Previously, he was a Fulbright Fellow at the Spanish National Library and National Historical Archive in Madrid, Spain.  Since 2013, he has been a member of the interdisciplinary and international research group History and Philosophy of Experience (HIST-EX), sponsored by the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation and hosted at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

While he specializes in early modern Spanish literature and culture, his scholarly interests include Mediterranean Studies, visual theory, and the history of emotion.  These themes inform his current book project, tentatively entitled Affective Geographies: Cervantes, Emotion, and the Literary Mediterranean.  He has published articles and reviews in Modern Language Notes, eHumanista, 452·F: Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature, Analecta MalacitanaAnuario de Estudios Cervantinos, Cervantes, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Gestos, and Hispania.  Johnson has presented his research at professional conferences and invited talks in the U.S., Spain, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Malta, Mexico, and Norway.

Most recently, he authored the critical introduction to the first modern edition of a seventeenth-century play by Luis Vélez de Guevara, Celos, amor y venganza, o No hay mal que por bien no venga (Juan de la Cuesta Press, 2018).  Forthcoming publications include articles in the journal Hipogrifo, the volume The Quest for Certainty in Early Modern Iberia (University of Toronto Press, ed. Mercedes García-Arenal and Barbara Fuchs), and the Norton Critical Edition of Don Quijote (ed. Diana de Armas Wilson).

Professor Johnson teaches all levels of Spanish at DePauw and previously served as an instructor in the University's Servicio program, facilitating Spanish immersion trips to Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, and Spain.  Recent and upcoming course offerings include: "Affective Cultures of Early Modern Spain," "Don Quijote," "Multiculturalism in Moorish Spain," "Translation: Theory and Practice," "Early Modern #MeToo," and "(Un)Translatability."

For more information, his CV can be found here.

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