Francisco Peña

Associate Professor

Languages and World Literatures
Other Titles: World Literatures & Spanish
Office: CCS 177
Phone: 250.807.8044
Email: francisco.pena@ubc.ca
Supervision: I am currently accepting graduate supervision requests


Research Summary

Literary Studies, Biblical Studies, Religious Studies, and History of Ideas; literary study of the Bible; influence of the Bible in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature; Jewish/Christian relations in Medieval Iberia.

Teaching

Wold Literature; Spanish Culture and Literature; Ancient and Medieval Mythology, Biblical Literature, and Judeo-Spanish and Converso studies.

Biography

My research is wide-ranging and interdisciplinary in nature involving Literary Studies, Biblical Studies, Religious Studies, and History of Ideas.

Research Websites

ubc.academia.edu/FranciscoPenaFernandez

Degrees

B.A. Ancient and Medieval History, PhD Religious Studies (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and PhD in Spanish Medieval Literature (Univesity of California, Davis)

Current Research

As PI of the International Research Confluence of Religious Cultures in Medieval Spanish Historiography: A Digital Humanities Project financed by the SSHRC Insight Development Grant. This project will contribute to a better understanding of the complexity of interactions among the different cultural and religious communities within Medieval Iberia. Our team, with representatives from fields across language, literature, religious studies, and digital humanities, aims to form a deep and comprehensive knowledge of a unique and very relevant Medieval text: La General e Grand Esotria and to locate and identify the different “hands and voices” that participated in this complex multicultural enterprise.

Co-PI with prof. Elena Muñiz Grijalvo, Fernando Lozano, Emilio González Ferrín and Robert Daum of the Cultural Symbioses Project. This research project aims to explore the phenomenon of creative developments of ideas, art, technology, and institutions in the liminal spaces where cultural fields overlap, in order to contribute evidence-based, theoretical rigour from the humanities and social sciences to support transcultural dialogue and interdisciplinary collaboration at research universities and in diverse cities and enterprises.
Publications

Publications

2018. “Conflicto de autoría en la reescritura de relatos bíblicos conflictivos: Sobre la distintiva recepción y transmisión de tradiciones bíblicas en el medievo peninsular” Escenarios de Conflicto en el Teatro Bíblico Áureo. Delia Gavela García (ed.) New York: Colección Batioja, 2018 (IN PRINT)

2018. “Writing as a Christian: The Footprint of Crypto-Jewish Writers in the Alphonsine Scriptorium”. Historians of Medieval Iberia: Minorities and Interfaith Relations. Kurt Villads Jensen, Anthony John Lappin and Kim Bergqvis (eds.) Cambridge Scholars Publishing: London, 2018 (IN PRINT)

2015 “Tratamiento bíblico de la desobediencia al rey y la fidelidad a Dios y su relectura en el teatro barroco español”. Disobedient Practices: Textual Multiplicity in Medieval and Golden Age Spain. Anne Silo and Belén Bistue (eds) Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta, 61-84.

2014 Francisco Peña Fernández. “La Relatividad de las cosas: Heterodoxy and Midrashim in the First Chapters of the General Estoria” eHumanista 24. 551-570.

2014 Francisco Peña Fernández. “Francisco Márquez Villanueva y el legado de Américo Castro” Alfonso X y su tiempo de frontera. Emilio González Ferrín (ed.) Fundación Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo, Sevilla, 37-71.

2013. Francisco Peña Fernández. Alvaro Cubillo de Aragón: “El Justo Lot”. Vigo: Academia de Hispanismo, Vigo (First Critical edition of 17th Century Spanish Comedy)

2012. Eva Castro Caridad and Francisco Peña Fernández. Sobre la Fe Católica: Contra los Judíos. Sevilla: Universidad de Sevilla, 2012. (First translation from Latin with Introduction and notes of Isidore of Seville´s De Fide Catholica Contra-Iudaeos)

2012 Francisco Peña Fernández. “¿Justo, Lot?” Relectura de Génesis 19 y de su dramatización en la comedia bíblica de Álvaro Cubillo de Aragón: El justo Lot La Biblia en el teatro del español. Juan Antonio Martínez Berbel y Francisco Domínguez Matito (Eds), Vigo: Academia del Hispanismo, 559-572.

2008 Francisco Peña Fernández “La sangre que clama en silencio. Intertextualidad bíblica en El Libro de las armas de don Juan Manuel”, Spain´s Multicultural Legacies. Studies in Honor of Samuel G. Armistead. Adrienne Martin and Cristina Martínez Carazo (ed.) Madrid: Juan de la Cuesta, 215-238.

2008 Francisco Peña Fernández. “Sancho Panza and the Mimesis of Solomon: Medieval Jewish Tradition in Don Quijote”, The Conversos in Spain and Beyond Studies I, Kevin Ingram (ed) Leiden: Brill, 331-333.

2007 Francisco Peña Fernández. “El Otro Héroe. Naufragios de Cabeza de Vaca como palimpsesto bíblico”, Bandue. Revista de la Sociedad Española de Ciencias de las Religiones 1, 179-194.

2007 Francisco Peña Fernández. “Violencia y Reconciliación: La transformación de la historia de José y sus hermanos en el teatro hispánico del siglo XVII” EHumanista vol. 9, 196-217.

2007 Francisco Peña Fernández. “Medieval Traditions of Jewish Origin in the Episode of Sancho Panza and the Island of Barataria” South Atlantic Review 72 (Special Issue: Cultural Studies in the Spanish Golden Age) 212-229.

2006. Francisco Peña Fernández. José Saramago o la intertextualidad inversa: Transformación de la tradición apócrifa en O Evanghelo segundo Jesus Cristo. Ilu. Revista de Ciencias de las Religiones. Anejos. Madrid: Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

2004. Francisco Peña Fernández. Apócrifos bíblicos contemporáneos: definición, estructura y análisis. Madrid: Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

2002 Francisco Peña Fernández. “Apocalíptico: nuevas acepciones de un adjetivo complejo”, Miedo y religion. F. Diez de Velasco (ed.), Madrid: Ediciones del Orto, 121-126.

2000. Francisco Peña Fernández. “Evangelios Apócrifos Contemporáneos: novelados, revelados y encontrados”, ‘Ilu. Revista de Ciencias de las Religiones, 217-246.

1999 Francisco Peña Fernández. “Apocalíptica Secular Contemporánea”, La Religión y sus Metamorfosis. Una apreciación de los nuevos movimientos religiosos, José Demetrio Jiménez (ed), Madrid: Religión y Cultura.

2000. Introducción a la Teología de la Liberación, ed. R. Rowlands, Cambridge University Press, Madrid, 2000 (Translation from English of The Cambridge Companion to Liberation Theology: Fernan Gonzalez-Alemán and Francisco Peña Fernández.

 

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