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Elizabeth M. Willingham

Associate Professor of Spanish

Baylor University
One Bear Place #97393
Waco, TX 76798-7393
D 241.02

Spring 2018 Office Hours:
M-F 11:30-1:00, and 4:45-5:30, and by appointment.


Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin. Department of Spanish and Portuguese
M.A. Baylor University, English
B.A. magna cum laude, Baylor University, English and Spanish,
Texas lifetime secondary teaching certification, Spanish–English


Romance Linguistics and Old Spanish; Hispanic film and popular culture in electronic and print media. Introduction to Hispanic Literature; Conversation and Composition (in the context of Hispanic film).




Willingham, Elizabeth Moore. The Mythical Indies and Columbus’s Apocalyptic Letter:Imagining the Americas in the Late Middle Ages. Sussex, UK: Sussex Academic P, 2015. xxii + 394 pp. + 12 pp. color frontis and facsimiles. (Hardcover, paper, electronic formats)Awarded the St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize in American Bibliography, 2016. Bibliographical Society of American, January 2017. 

—, ed. Laura Esquivel’s Mexican Fictions. Sussex, UK: Sussex Academic P, 2010. xii + 282 pp. + 4 pp. color plates. (Hardcover, paper reprint) Recipient of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies' Harvey L. Johnson Book Award. Miami, FL., March 2012.

—, ed. La queste del Saint Graal: (The Quest for the Holy Grail) From the Old French Lancelot of Yale 229  with Essays, Glossaries, and Notes to the Text. The Illustrated Prose Lancelot of Yale 229. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012. pp. xviii + 344.

—, ed. La mort le Roi Artu: (The Death of Arthur) From the Old French Lancelot of Yale 229 with Essays, Glossaries, and Notes to the Text. The Illustrated Prose Lancelot of Yale 229. Turnhout: Brepols, 2007. ix + 322 pp.

—, ed. Essays on the Prose Lancelot of Yale 229. The Illustrated Prose Lancelot of Yale 229. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols. 2007. ix + 135 pp., inc. 24 pp. color plates.

Selected refereed essays and review articles
—. "Laura Esquivel's New Novels: El diario de Tita. Laura Esquivel. Spain: Penguin Random House-Talleres Gráficos Soler, 2016.  304 pp. 16,90 €. ISBN 978-84-8365-819-2. A Lupita le gusta planchar. Laura Esquivel. Madrid: Santillana–Prisa, 2014. 200 pp. $19.99, 17,00 €. ISBN: 978-84-8365-666-2. Letras femininas. [expected 2017].

—. "Celtic Ornament, Irish Gospel Book Decoration, and the Illustrated Prose Lancelot of Yale 229." Proceedings of the Twenty-third Harvard Celtic Colloquium 23 2003. Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures, Faculty of Art and Sciences. Harvard University. Harvard UP. 2009. 299-326.
—. "A 'Companion' for Interdisciplinary and Comparative Research on European and Trans-Atlantic Women's Lives and Gender Issues at the Early Modern Period: Poska, Couchman, and McIver's The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe." Sixteenth-Century Journal 45.4 (2015 for Winter 2014): 995–1002.
—. “The Nature of Pilgrimage in the Queste del Saint Graal.” La corónica 36.1 (Winter 2008): 191–215 + 227–30 (images).
—. “Reconsidering the Poema de mío Cid and Spanish Epic in Historical Literary Critical Contexts in Heroes and Anti-Heroes: A Celebration of the Cid. Ed. Anthony J. Cárdenas-Rotunno. New York: Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies, 2013. Spanish Series 151.” La corónica 42.2 (2014): 177–182.
—. “Thomas Hinton's The Conte du Graal Cycle: Chrètien de Troyes's Perceval, the Continuations, and French Arthurian Romance; Luke Sunderland's Old French Narrative Cycle: Heroism between Ethics and Morality; and Leah Tether's The Continuations of Chrétien's Perceval: Content and Construction, Extension and Ending." Arthuriana 24.2 (2015 for Winter 2014):133–143. —. Las voces del Románico: Arte y epigrafîa en San Quirce de Burgos by Daniel Rico Camps. Murcía, Spain: Nausícaä, 2008." La corónica 40.2 (2012): 52-58.

Recent book reviews

—. “Emily Clark and Mary Laven. Women and Religion in the Atlantic Age, 1550-1900. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2013. x + 230 pp.” The Sixteenth Century Journal: A Journal of Early Modern Studies 46.3/4 (2015): [tba].
—. “Eva Nuñez Méndez. Fundamentos teóricos y prácticos de historia de la lengua española. 2012. 336 pp. ISBN: 978-0-30017-098-6.” La corónica 43.2 (2015) 188–191.
—.“Irish Influence on Welsh Literature by Patrick Sims-Williams. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010.” Sixteenth Century Journal 43.2 (2012): 590–591.
—. “Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy edited by Michael Neill. New York: W. W. Norton, 2014.” The Sixteenth Century Journal: A Journal of Early Modern Studies 46.2 (2015): 495–496.

Recent and scheduled presentations, in chronological order

—. "The Darkness of the Progressive City in Three Films from Mexico's Golden Age Cinema." Dallas, Texas. South Central Modern Language Association 3-5 November 2016.
—. The Triple Public of the Almost-Perfect Knight in the Illustrated Vulgate 'Lancelot' Codex Yale 229.” MLA Conference. Austin, Texas. January 2016.
—. “Bibliographic problems in printings of Columbus's 1493 Letter to Santángel.” SCMLA Convention, Nashville. October 2015.
—. “A full-credit curriculum vitae.” SCMLA Convention, Nashville. 2015.
—. "Incunabula printings of Columbus's Barcelona Letter in Spanish, Latin, Italian, and German — and Perhaps in Catalán." 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University (WMU), Kalamazoo, Michigan. 2014.
—. "Goals and challenges of teaching Old Spanish and Romance Linguistics from a historical perspective in an MA program" Roundtable in Old Spanish. 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University. 2014.

Recent Grant writing and honors
AHFRP grant, Baylor University, College of Arts and Sciences, preliminary work on the images for The Critical Companion to the Narrative, Images, and Text of the Lancelot of Yale 229. Beinecke Library, Yale University. July–August 2014.

Bill L. and Gerre D. Andrist Prize in Hispanic Gender Studies for a paper entitled "Monstrous Mothers and Villainesses in the Mexican Telenovela: Masks and más caras." New Orleans, 2013.

Southwest Council of Latin American Studies' Harvey L. Johnson Book Award. Miami, FL, March, 2012 for Laura Esquivel's Mexican Fictions.

Modern Foreign Languages Nominee for the University Research Award, 2011. NEH Fellow, Research Fellowship for University Teachers, 2009-2010 for an edition of the Agravains from Yale 229.

Western Historical Romance language, linguistics, text study, discourse, and visual and literary culture. Approaches: Comparative, interdisciplinary, contextual. Periods, contexts, and geographies: medieval European; religious; scribal and early print-period; film and television; Mexico and Spanish America; Judeo-Christian perspectives