Texas Tech University

Spanish Faculty

Dr. John Beusterien

John Beusterien

Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

john.beusterien@ttu.edu

Courses Commonly Taught

  • Spanish-Speaking Cultures and Animals Studies
  • Don Quixote
  • The Llano Estacado
  • Literature of the Spanish Golden Age

Administration

Professional Association Offices Held

Areas of Research

  • Animal Studies, Material Culture, Cervantes, Early Modern Spain, Spanish Southwest, Comparative Literature, Environmental Studies, Race Studies

Awards and Honors

  • Book Subvention Grant, Goodbye Eros, Spain's Ministry of Culture and Sports, International Cooperation and Promotion of Culture (2018).
  • College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher, Texas Tech University (2017)
  • President's Book Award, Texas Tech University, Canines in Cervantes and Velázquez (2015); An Eye on Race: Perspectives from Theater in Imperial Spain (2008)
  • Collaborative Project Award, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, Touching the Ground: Female Footwear in the Early Modern Hispanic World (2014)
  • New Naming of Goya Painting, Head of the Conservation of Eighteenth-Century Painting and Goya at the Prado Museum in Madrid corrected the title of a Goya painting based on research (2010)

Organization of Texas Tech University Events:

  • "INDIGENEITY," 52nd Comparative Literature Symposium, Texas Tech University (5-7 MARCH 2020)
  • "Animal/Language: An Interdisciplinary Conference," with Dr. Belinda Kleinhans (German), Dr. Katy Schroeder (Animal & Food Sciences), Dr. Lucas Wood (French), Dr. Pamela Zinn (Classics), in collaboration with Joe Arredondo (Landmark Arts) and Dr. Kevin Chua (Art History), 51st Comparative Literature Symposium, Texas Tech University (21-23 March 2019)
  • "Comparative Book History," 44rth Comparative Literature Symposium, Texas Tech University (2012)
  • "Eco–Criticism and Comparative Literature," 43rd Comparative Literature Symposium, Texas Tech University (2011)
  • "Death in Words and Images: The Case of the Early Modern Hispanic World," with Dr. Constance Cortez (Art History), Early Modern Text and Image Association´s Third Biannual Conference (2008)

Selected Publications

Books

  • Transoceanic Animals (forthcoming)
  • Canines in Cervantes and Velázquez: An Animal Studies Reading of Early Modern Spain (Ashgate, 2012 and Routledge, 2016)
  • An Eye on Race: Perspectives from Theater in Imperial Spain (Bucknell University Press, 2006)

Edited Volumes

  • Goodbye Eros: Reassessing the Ethos of Love in Early Modern Spanish Literature, with Ana Laguna (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming)
  • Touching the Ground: Female Footwear in the Early Modern Hispanic World, with Noelia Cirnigliaro (Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 2013)
  • Sustaining Ecocriticism: Comparative Perspectives, with Hsinya Huang (Comparative Literature Studies, 2013)
  • Death and Afterlife: The Case of the Early Modern Hispanic World, with Constance Cortez (University of Minnesota Press: Hispanic Issues On Line, 2010).

Edited Play

  • Lope de Vega, El prodigio de Etiopía (Mirabel Editorial, 2005)

Selected Chapters and Articles

  • "Environmental Lessons from Some Spanish Animals: Donkey Humor and a Rhino Triptych," Environmental Cultural Studies through Time (forthcoming)
  • "Necrocapitalism and the Early Modern Iberian Black Diaspora as Academic Field." Early Modern Black Diaspora Studies: A Critical Anthology. Eds. Cassander L. Smith, Nicholas R. Jones, and Miles P. Grier. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 199-209.
  • "When Cervantes's Hand Tickles the Soul." Reimagining Don Quixote (Film, Mind, and Image.) Eds. Antonio Cortijo Ocaña & Eloi Grasset Morell. Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs, 2017. 187-213.
  • "The Armadillo: Spain Creates a Curious Horse to Belittle America," Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies I (2017): 27-52.
  • "La discriminación contra los afro-hispanos en una obra teatral del siglo XVII: Una escena grotesca de La confesión con el demonio de Francisco de la Torre y Sevil." Hispania felix: Revista rumano-española de cultura y civilización de los Siglos de Oro 7 (2016): 97-118.
  • "An Exemplary Iberian Peninsula for an Ethics of Life." A Polemical Companion to Ethics of Life: Contemporary Iberian Debates. Eds. Katarzyna Beilin and William Viestenz. Hispanic Issues On Line (2016): 55-62.
  • "Humor and a Political Future through Illustrations of Sancho Panza and His Donkey." Baroque Projections: Images and Texts in Dialogue with the Early Modern Hispanic World. Eds. Michael J. Horswell and Frédéric Conrod, Newark: Juan de la Cuesta, 2016. 191-208.
  • "Did Cervantes Stutter?" Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America 29 (2009): 209–220.
  • "Time for the Romance and the Corrido," Hispania 90.4 (2007): 672–680.
  • "Reading Cervantes: A New Virtual Reality," Comparative Literature Studies 43.4 (2007): 428–440.
  • "The Spanish 'Jewish Conspiracy' Letters," Monographic Review 22 (2006): 33–45.
  • "The Intellectual and Black Speech in Golden Age Spain and in Cuban Teatro Bufo," International Conference on Caribbean Studies: Selected Proceedings (The First International Conference on Caribbean Studies, 2006), ed. Héctor R. Romero. Edinburg: University of Texas Pan–American Press, 2007. 29–36.
  • "Teaching Race in El valiente negro en Flandes by Andrés de Claramonte," Approaches to Teaching Early Modern Spanish Drama, eds. Margaret Greer and Laura Bass. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2006. 174–181.
  • "Jewish Male Menstruation in Seventeenth–Century Spain," Bulletin of the History of Medicine (1999) 73: 447–456.
  • "Miguel de Barrios' Contra la verdad no hay fuerza: A New "'Auto' in Seventeenth–Century Spanish Drama," A Society on Stage, eds. Edward H. Friedman, H.J. Manzari, and Donald D. Miller. New Orleans: University Press of the South, 1998. 13–20.

Co-Authored Publications

  • Julio Torres, Diego Pascual y Cabo, & John Beusterien. "What's Next?: Heritage Language Learners Shape New Paths in Spanish Teaching," Hispania, Centenary Issue, "Visionary Essays: The Future of Spanish and Portuguese" 100.5 (2017): 271-76.
  • Beusterien, John; Daniel Ares López, Katarzyna Beilin, Luis I. Prádanos, Sainath Suryanaryanan and William Viestenz. "Keeping the Humanities Alive by Transforming It: A Co-op Conclusion." A Polemical Companion to Ethics of Life: Contemporary Iberian Debates. Eds. Katarzyna Beilin and William Viestenz. Hispanic Issues On Line (2016)