A native Rosario, Argentina, Juan Vitulli is associate professor in the Department of Roman Languages at the University of Notre Dame. His academic interests include baroque poetry, theater, and preaching. Specifically, he studies the relationships between Iberian cultural productions and their connections with the Latin American colonial world. He has published essays and books around the figures of Góngora, Cervantes, Espinosa Medrano, Camargo, among other baroque authors.

Currently, Vitulli is finishing a monograph on the baroque Spanish preacher, in which he makes an exhaustive analysis of more than 60 arts of preaching published in the Iberian Peninsula after the Council of Trent. A second project also aims to study preaching, but is focused on treatises written in colonial Latin America that are linked to the emergence and consolidation of the Creole discourse.

Vitulli also writes fiction, having published a collection of short stories entitled Sur de Yakima (Editorial Corregidor, Buenos Aires, 2019) and a book of poetry, Primavera Indiana (Editorial Tren Instantáneo, Buenos Aires, 2020).

He has taught seminars and directed workshops at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), the Catholic University of Peru (Lima), the University of Los Andes (Bogotá), and the UNAM, Mexico. He was a fellow of the John Carter Brown Library (Brown University) and recently was in residence at the British Library studying the life and works of the humanist, preacher, and writer Andrés Ferrer de Valdecebro.

Vitulli earned an MA and PhD in Spanish at Vanderbilt University.

Thematic Interests

Baroque culture; literatures and ideologies; transatlantic studies; national identities; canon formation; the notion of “Criollo” as a floating signifier in Latin America

Current Research

Baroque culture in the Hispanic world (Spain and Latin America) and its social/political/ideological implications; Baroque poetry and sermons; cultural intersections of the Baroque and the Creole; “The Baroque Hispanic Preacher” project focusing on 17th-century books on preaching from Spain and its colonies, including Peru, Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines.

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