Maria Willstedt

Maria Willstedt
Maria Willstedt

Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

Christian A. Johnson Hall 401A

Maria Willstedt's specialization is medieval Spanish literature and culture. Her main areas of interest are medieval and Golden Age short narrative genres, especially the framed-tale tradition, and 18th-century Spanish medievalism (first editions). She earned her doctorate in Spanish literature from Yale University and her bachelor's and master's degrees in Latin and romance languages from Abo Akademi, Finland. Before coming to Hamilton Willstedt taught at Florida State University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Recent Courses Taught

Cervantes: Don Quijote
Conversation on Hispanic Cultures
El Cid: Anatomy of a National Hero
Elementary Spanish I and II
Exploring Hispanic Texts
History of the Spanish Language

Selected Publications


  • “Mayans y el manuscrito Add 9939 de la British Library de Londres”, forthcoming in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 92.6.
  • “La poesía medieval y los orígenes de la historiografía literaria nacional: los Orígenes de la poesía castellana (1754) de Luis José Velázquez.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 41 (2007): 323 343.


  • Boynton, Susan. “Silent Music: Medieval Song and the Construction of History in Eighteenth-Century Spain.” New York: Oxford UP, 2011. In AARHMS (American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain) Newsletter. [March 2012].
  • España, Rafael de. “De La Mancha a la pantalla: Aventuras cinematográficas del Ingenioso Hidalgo.” Barcelona: Publicacions i Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, 2007. In Anuario de Estudios Cervantinos 5 (2009): 371-373.

College Service

Director in residence, Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain, 2011-12

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Medieval Academy of America
Modern Language Association
Northeast Modern Language Association
Renaissance Society of America

Appointed to the Faculty: 2010

Educational Background

Ph.D., Yale University
M. Phil., Yale University
M.A., Yale University
M.A., Åbo Akademi University 
B.A., Åbo Akademi University 

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