Xabier Granja

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Spanish Undergraduate Advisor | Early Modern Literature, Gender Studies


  • PhD, Hispanic Literature (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • MA, Hispanic Literature (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Licenciatura, English Philology (Universidad de Deusto)
  • BA, Modern Languages (Universidad de Deusto)


Main areas: early modern Spanish literature; gender theory; gender identity; masculinities; hegemony; power, class and status; identity politics; queer theory Dr. Granja's research interests focus on 17th and early 18th century Spanish peninsular literature.He specializes in Early Modern Spanish literature through a Gender studies perspective. His work deals with masculine identities in the Golden Age, specifically analyzing the literary and sociopolitical motivations and implications of masculine identity formation as exposed by both male and female writers. He is also engaged in research that focuses on variations in didactic literature from mid to late 17th century Spain, observing and contrasting how writers employ discourses of religion and traditional moral values to chastise what they consider irregularities in the coetaneous aristocracy. This investigative work also leads his work to look at early 18th century women writers, as the result of the impact of 17th century cultural changes that begin to form literary evidence of the beginnings of a pre-ilustration period proto-feminism. Dr. Granja's courses deal with all the cultural, gender and literary issues raised above. When offering grammar courses, his classes include strong service learning components that link his teaching to the needs of the Tuscaloosa community, often via student-led translations of documents from English into Spanish for local non-profit organizations.  

Selected Publications

“Towards an Enlightened Disillusionment: Renaissance Moralistic Treatises and the Adulteration of Spanish Noble Values.” Dieciocho. (Forthcoming)

When Honor is Not Enough: Masculine Power and Uxoricide in Calderón de la Barca.” Anagnórisis, vol. 22, 2020, pp. 7-31.

Happily Ever After? Marriage, Honor and Feminism in Two Novelas ejemplares.” eHumanista, vol. 46, 2020, pp. 1-12.

La democratizacion del privilegio social en España y sus representaciones en Don Quijote.Laberinto vol. 12, 2019, pp. 117-139.

“Woman Reclaimed: Subverting Feminine Exclusion in the Works of Maria de Zayas”. Handbook on Women and the Ideology of Political Exclusion: 2500 Years edited by Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers and Katerina Kitsi. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019, pp. 234-246.

La visión exculpatoria de la feminidad en Lágrimas de la nobleza de Luisa de Padilla.Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades vol. 44, no. 2, 2018, pp. 37-47.

“Unsettling courage: Warriors, social authority and gender transgression”. Displacement in Language, Literature and Culture edited by Silvia Arroyo and Karina Zelaya. Málaga: EDA Libros, 2018, pp. 207-228.

Refashioning Early Modern masculine performance through manuales de conducta.Bulletin of Spanish Studies, vol. 95, no. 4, 2018, pp. 219-241.

“Esencia de hombre en envase de mujer: Desplazamiento de la Virtud y Construcción de la Identidad Femenina Nacional en el Siglo de Oro Español”. El Cid, vol. 24 (Summer, 2014), pp. 72-90.

Contributions to Kim Potowski’s Conversaciones escritas: Lectura y redacción en contexto. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.

The Latin-American detective: a centrifugal evolution.LASA2009: Rethinking Inequalities. Latin American Studies Association.