I am a visiting assistant professor in Spanish at Washington and Lee University. In my research, I focus on Iberian prose from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, particularly historiography that deals with imperial expansion. My book project, Material Remains: Narrating the Dead at al-Qaṣr al-Kabīr focuses on the function of corpses in narratives recounting the Portuguese defeat by Saʿdī forces at the battle of al-Qaṣr al-Kabīr in 1578. The outcome of this battle, though significantly less well known than the 1572 battle of Lepanto in which Miguel de Cervantes lost his hand, carried profound implications not just for the vanquished Portuguese, but also for Spain, Morocco, and the Western Mediterranean. More broadly, my research endeavors to understand the means by which early modern Mediterranean narrators established and upheld their authority on constantly the shifting epistemological ground of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. One crucial piece of this effort for narrative credibility, I argue, may be found in their reliance on frequently gruesome images of corpses.
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