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Deborah Forteza

Deborah Forteza

Assistant Professor of World Languages

World Languages

On faculty since 2021

Office Hours
By Appointment


Curriculum Vitae



PhD in Literature, University of Notre Dame, 2017
MA in English, University of St. Thomas, 2011
MDiv, MA in Biblical Counseling, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, 2005


Professional Interests

My research centers on literary representations of figures tied to the English Reformation, such as Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth Tudor, Mary Stuart, Catherine of Aragon, Francis Drake, and English Catholics in early modern Spanish literature. I am also interested in the novel, intertextuality, and transnational connections, including Arabic connections in the works of Cervantes. I enjoy mentoring and teaching students how to think critically, especially with respect to culture, literature, and mass media. 


Personal Interests

I enjoy graphic design, photography, cooking, traveling and learning about different cultures, water sports, and going to the beach.


Professional Membership

  • Modern Languages Association
  • Sixteenth Century Society & Conference
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Cervantes Society of America
  • Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas (GEMELA)
  • Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas (AIH)
  • Asociación Internacional Siglo de Oro (AISO)


Selected Publications

  • The English Reformation in the Spanish Imagination: Rewriting Nero, Jezebel, and the Dragon, University of Toronto Press, Spring 2022.
  • “A ‘Very Particular Providence’: Anglo-Spanish Connections and Textual Production in Diego de Yepes’ Historia particular.” Spanish Elizabethans: Anglo-Iberian Entanglements during the Counter- Reformation. Ed. Freddy Cristobal Domínguez. Boston: Brill (Catholic Christendom Series), forthcoming.
  • «Juegos intertextuales con relatos religiosos en La española inglesa de Cervantes». Actas del XX Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas (AIH 2019), Jerusalén. En prensa.
  • «Beasts, Harpies, & Medeas: Tudor Representations in Lope & Calderón». Anuario Calderoniano 11 (2018): 81-99.
  • «Una reina de novela: Isabel de Inglaterra y la ejemplaridad en Cervantes, Ribadeneyra y Yepes». Hipogrifo. Revista de literatura y cultura del Siglo de Oro 6.2 (2018): 75-86.