José Villagrana

Lecturer in English and Mellon Diversity and Faculty Renewal Postdoctoral Fellow



Hathorn Hall, Room 304


Education: B.A. in English and Spanish, Northwestern University
Ph.D. in English, University of California, Berkeley

José Villagrana specializes in English and Spanish early modern literature. His course offerings place canonical figures such as Shakespeare, Milton, and Donne in conversation with emerging research areas on disability and religion, ethno-cultural hybridity, and global exchange. Villagrana’s current project, “Doomsday Poetics: Early Modern England and Spain,” theorizes that early modern English writers popularized anti-Spanish discourse by imitating prophetic speech to cast the mixed-race Spaniard as an apocalyptic threat to English supremacy, creating an enduring literary tradition of apocalyptic Hispanophobia.

Research and Teaching Interests: Lyric verse and prosody, eschatology, disability studies, religious history, patristic and classical rabbinic literature, bible, Donne, Herbert, the Sidneys, Milton, Marvell, Cervantes, Quevedo, Sor Juana, and Shakespeare.