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Dr. Aurora  Hermida-Ruiz
Dr. Aurora Hermida-Ruiz
Associate Professor of Spanish

Aurora Hermida-Ruiz, Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Richmond, was educated at the University of Seville (Grado de Licenciatura in Spanish Philology) and the University of Virginia (M.A and Ph.D in Spanish Literature). Her research interests are early modern Spanish literature and Spanish literary historiography, with a particular focus on cultural periodization and canon formation. Together with Ignacio Navarrete, she is the editor of Garcilaso Studies: A New Trajectory, a special issue of Caliope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry. She has published on Garcilaso de la Vega, Castilian Cancionero poetry and Petrarchan poetics, as well as on the work of some influential literary critics and historians, such as Rafael Lapesa, Dámaso Alonso or Jose Antonio Maravall. Her current research projects include a study on Alfonso Reyes and the school of Spanish philology, the Generation of 1927 and the myth of the "Golden Age", and the 30-year long correspondence between Rafael Lapesa and Américo Castro. In the department of LAIS, she teaches courses on the Spanish medieval and early modern periods, and has also been invited to collaborate and teach in the School of Leadership Studies. Recent courses include "Don Quijote and Leadership", a seminar on the contemporary reemergence of the "romantic" approach to Don Quijote in programs of Business Management and Leadership around the globe, and "Spanish Literature of Exile", a seminar on the impact of the Spanish civil war, the Francoist dictatorship and the experience of exile in the historiography of the Spanish Middle Ages and the "Golden Age."


Hermida-Ruiz, A. (1999) Rafael Lapesa y la 'raiz hispanica' de Garcilaso de la Vega cincuenta anos despues. Caliope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, v.5.

Ph.D., University of Virginia
Spanish Literature
M.A., University of Virginia
Spanish Literature
Licenciatura, University of Seville
Spanish Philology
Contact Information
336 Carole Weinstein International Center
(804) 287-6462
(804) 484-1544 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Medieval and early modern Spanish literature
Spanish literary historiography (concepts, periodization, canon formation)