Isidro Rivera, Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2636
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A.M., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A.B., Comparative Literature, Columbia University


My principal area of research and teaching is the literature of medieval Iberia. I am currently preparing a study of the intersection of print culture and devotional reading during the reign of Isabel de Castilla. My publications have appeared in Journal of Hispanic Philology, Modern Language Notes, Celestinesca, Revista Hispánica Moderna, and Hispanic Review.

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Teaching Interests

  • Spanish Literature
  • History of the Book
  • Fifteenth-century Castile
  • Library of Isabel de Castilla
  • Reading practices of late medieval Castile
  • Muslim-Jew-Christian interactions
  • Print Culture


Ficción sentimental and related works of fifteenth-century Spain; Celestina

Devotional Reading in fifteenth-century Castile;

The Library of Isabel de Castilla;

Reading practices in Late Medieval Castile;

Strategies of Publisher Self-identification in the Early Imprints; Book History

Print Culture in Late Medieval Castile;

The Structures of Devotion in Late Medieval Iberia;

Visual Sources of the Cromberger 1526 edition of the Historia de la doncella Teodor;

Paratextual Narrativization in La vida e hystoria del rey Apolonio (Zaragoza [?], 1489[?]);

Critical Approaches to Medieval Literature

Research Interests

  • Iberian
  • Middle Ages
  • Castilian
  • Book Culture
  • Book History
  • Celestina
  • Late Medieval Culture

Selected Publications

Rivera, Isidro J. "“Reading the Passion in Andrés de Li’s Summa de paciencia”." Revista Hispánica Moderna (Columbia University, NYC) 67.1 (Jun./Jul. 2014): 55-72.

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