Concordia University

Bradley Nelson

Professor, Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics

Office: S-GM 930-43 
Guy-De Maisonneuve Building,
1550 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 3829

My current research focuses on the aesthetic representation and exploration of the cultural and political upheaval that accompanied developments in the sciences in early modern Spain and Europe. Titled ‘Science Fiction in Early and Late Modern Contexts,’ and funded by a 3-year standard research grant from SSHRC, this project seeks to stage a number of theoretical and discursive encounters between contemporary and Baroque manifestations of Science Fiction. The primary goal is to understand the ways in which science and technology structure our cognitive and artistic relationship with the worlds around us. Primary sources include baroque authors such as Cervantes, Calderón de la Barca, and Zayas as well as contemporary figures such as Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, and Philip K. Dick.

View my current CV here.


  • 2000  Ph.D. in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics, Minnesota
  • 1995  MA in Hispanic Literatures, Minnesota
  • 1987  BS in Secondary Education and Spanish, St. Cloud State University
  • 1985  BA in English (Spanish minor), St. Johns University, Collegeville, MN

Research activities

Recent Conference Presentations

October, 2015 “Poet or Pimp? Theatricality and Sex Crimes in Lope de Vega andCervantes.” “Quixotic Disciplines,” a seminarorganized by Jesús Velasco, at Columbia University, New York, New York.


October, 2015 “BestPractices in Industry Partnerships.” CanadianAssociation of Postdoctoral Administrators, University of Calgary.


September, 2015 Incollaboration with Vivek Venkatesh: “Spectacles of hate speech: An exemplaryapproach to transgressions in black metal.” FromMy Cold Dead Hand: Cervantes and the Public Humanities in the Twenty-firstCentury, Concordia University, Montreal.


July, 2015 “TheTheatrical Representation of Sex Crimes in Lope de Vega and Cervantes.” ALDEEU, Segovia, Spain.


(KeynoteAddress) March 2015 “Quantum Solace: Apocalyptic Accommodations in Early andLate Modernity.” Graduate Student Symposium at SUNY Buffalo, Department ofRomance Languages.


March 2015 “ThePerformance of Justice in Calderón’s Elalcalde de Zalamea.” Association ofHispanic Classical Theater.


April, 2014 “Knowledge,Fiction, and the Other in Cervantes’s LaGitanilla.The Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference, Lexington, KY.


April, 2014 “1581: Mathematics,Emblematics, and Melancholia.TheRenaissance Society of America,New York, NY.


April 2013“Theatrical Emblems and the Embodiment of Time: The Case of Occasion.” The Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference, Lexington, KY.


April 2013 “AQuantum Approach to Don Quijote.” The Renaissance Society of America, SanDiego, CA.


November 2012 “1581:Mathematics, Emblematics, and Melancholia.”Early Modern Projects Research Group. Concordia University. Montreal, QC.


(by invitation) June2012 “La ciencia y el sueño en Calderón.” Ometeca:XII Sesión de trabajo sobre las relaciones entre las humanidades y las cienciasen el mundo hispánico, Madrid, Spain.


June, 2012 “Laciencia y la ficción: Los trabajos dePersiles y Sigismunda.” VIII CongresoInternacion de la Asociación de Cervantistas, Oviedo, Spain.


April, 2012“Cervantes, Gracián, and the Embodied Subject.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY.


March, 2012 “FreeWill and Theatricality: Calderón’s Lavida es sueño.” Associationof Hispanic Classical Theater, El Paso, TX.


March, 2011 “Dressing forthe Occasion: Cervantes and the Virgin Mary.” Association of Hispanic Classical Theater,El Paso, TX.


May, 2010 “Signs ofthe Times: Emblems of Baroque Science Fiction.” Asociación Canadiense de Hispanistas, Concordia University,Montreal, QC.


April, 2010 “The Writer Who Played withFire: A Millenial Approach to María de Zayas.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Montreal, QC.

Selected publications

Recent Publications

The Persistence of Presence: Emblem and Ritual in Baroque Spain.Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2010.


(Forthcoming)Co-edited with Julio Baena. A PolemicalCompanion to Medialogies: Reading

Realityin the Age of Inflationary Media, by David Castillo and William Egginton.Hispanic



(Forthcoming)Co-editedwith David Castillo. Writing in the Endof Times: Apocalyptic

Imagination in the Hispanic World. HispanicIssues. 


Co-editedwith David Castillo. Spectatorshipand Topophilia in Early Modern and Postmodern

Hispanic Cultures. Hispanic Issues. Nashville:Vanderbilt UP, 2011. Print.


RefereedBook Chapters and Journal Articles


(in press) “Baroque Science Fiction: A Proposal.” Revistas Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos.


 (in press) “Free Will and Indeterminacy inCervantes: From Molina to Heisenberg…and

Beyond!”Cervantes, Cervantes Society ofAmerica.


(inpress) “Calderón’s Aurora en Copacabana: AScandalous Reading.” Religious and Secular

Theater inGolden Age Spain: Essays in Honor of Donald T. Dietz.Peter Lang.


In collaboration with Vivek Venkatesh, Jason Wallin and JeffreyPodoshen. “Individualand

communalfactors impacting the spread and reception of online hate speech in the blackmetal

scene:Theoretical and methodological implications.” In Metal Music and Community, ed. Nelson

Varas andNiall William Richard Scott. Lexington Press, 2016.


“Poet or Pimp? Theatricality and Sex Crimes in Lope de Vega andCervantes.” ¿Prometeel autor

segunda parte?Cuatrocientos años de una promesa cervantina. Eds. Antonio Cortijo Ocaña and

Francisco Layna Ranz. eHumanistaCervantes 4 (2015): 178-95.


“ThePerformance of Justice: Good-Natured Rule Breaking in Calderón’s El alcalde de

Zalamea.” La razón de estado en lasletras del Siglo de Oro. Ed. Enric Mallorquí-Ruscalleda.

eHumanista 31 (2015): 411-25.


“Eventos ocasionales: La ciencia media y la ficción en Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda.” Comentarios a Cervantes. Actas selectas del VIII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Cervantistas. Ed. Emilio Martínez Mata y María Fernández Ferreiro. Asturias: Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson, 1039-51.


“1581: Emblematics, Mathematics, and Melancholia.” Emblematica: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Emblem Studies 21(2014): 135-60.


El machismo y la identidad gay en Noche de Ronda.” Identidad y Diáspora: El Teatro de Pedro R. Monge Rafuls. Ed. Elena M. Martínez and Francisco Soto. Valencia: Aduana Vieja, 2014. 285-302. [Abridged reprint and translation of “Pedro Monge-Rafuls and Mapping the Post?Modern Subject in Latino Theater.” Gestos: Teoría y Práctica del Teatro Hispánico 24 (1997): 135-48.]


“Knowledge, Fiction, and the Other in Cervantes’s La Gitanilla.”Romance Quarterly (special issue on Cervantes’s Novelas Ejemplares. Ed. Moisés R. Castillo) 61.2 (2014): 125-37.


Zayas Unchained: A Perverse God or Theological Kitsch?” Writing Monsters: Essays on Iberian and Latin American Cultures. Eds. Adriana Gordillo and Nicholas Spadaccini. Hispanic Issues On Line 15 (2014):42-59.


 “Perverse Currency.” (Re)Reading Gracián in a Self-Made World. Hispanic Issues On Line Debates 4 (Fall 2012): 3541. 


 “Afterword.” Poiesis and Modernity in the Old and New Worlds. Eds. Anthony J. Cascardi and Leah Middlebrook. Nashville: U of Vanderbilt P, 2012. 291-302.


In collaboration with David R. CastilloIntroduction: Modern Scenes / Modern Sceneries.” Spectacle and Topophilia: Reading Early Modern and Postmodern Hispanic Cultures. Eds. B. Nelson and D. Castillo. Nashville: U of Vanderbilt P, December, 2011. ix-xxx.


“Signs of the Times: Emblems of Baroque Science Fiction.” Spectatorship and Topophilia in Early Modern and Postmodern Hispanic Cultures. Eds. B. Nelson and D. Castillo. Hispanic Issues. Nashville: U of Vanderbilt P, December, 2011. 65-90.

“The Gift of Art and Other Trojan Horses of Modernity: Calderón’s La aurora en Copacabana.” La violencia en el mundo hispánico en el Siglo de Oro. Eds. Juan Manuel Escudero and Victoriano Roncero. Biblioteca Filológico Hispana 117. Madrid: Visor, 2010. 151-63.

“Philology and the Emblem.”
Recovering Philology. Philology and Its Histories. Ed. Sean Gurd. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press, 2010. 107-26.

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