David Wacks

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  • Title: Professor of Spanish: Department Head, Romance Languages
  • Phone: 541-346-4029
  • Office: 105C Friendly Hall
  • Office Hours: By appointment https://tinyurl.com/yfw9rr35
  • Departments: Romance Languages
  • Affiliated Departments: Judaic Studies Program
  • Interests: Medieval Iberian literature and culture, Sephardic studies, Mediterranean Studies
  • Website: Website

MA Program

Spanish Period 1


A.B. English Literature 1991, Columbia University M.A. Spanish Literature and Language 1997, Boston College Ph.D. Hispanic Literatures and Languages 2003, University of California at Berkeley



Research and teaching interests



David Wacks is author of Framing Iberia: Frametales and Maqamat in Medieval Spain, published by Brill in 2007,  and Double Diaspora in Sephardic Literature 1200-1550: Jewish Cultural Production before and after 1492, published by Indiana University Press in 2015, and Medieval Iberian Crusade Fiction and the Mediterranean World (University of Toronto Press: 2019). He forms part of a research group (Symbioses) working on Biblical exegesis in Alfonso X’s General estoria (13th c.). He blogs on his current research at http://davidwacks.uoregon.edu.

Courses taught

Fall 2014: SPAN 341 Hispanic Culture through Literature I, SPAN 407/507 Spanish Islamic Literature

Winter 2014: JUDST 212, Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History

SPAN 150: Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World
SPAN 316: Survey of Peninsular Literature > 1800
SPAN 333: Introduction to Narrative
SPAN 399: Languages of Iberia (August 2020 in Oviedo, Spain)
SPAN 407: Wine, Women, and Song: Medieval Iberian Poetry

SPAN 407: Women Writers of Medieval Spain 
SPAN 407: Love
SPAN 407: Spain and Islam
SPAN 407: Medieval Romance (Caballero Zifar, Tirante el Blanco, Amadís de Gaula)
SPAN 407/507 Kabbalah (Period 1)
SPAN 407/507: Story Collections from Medieval Spain (Period 1)
SPAN 407/507: Medieval Sephardic Literature (Period 1)
SPAN 407/507: Sephardic Culture (Period 1)
SPAN 607: Classics of Medieval Castilian Literature (Period 1)
SPAN 607: Celestina en su salsa (Period 1)
RL 623: Culture, Canons, and Commodification



Medieval Iberian Crusade Fiction and the Mediterranean World (University of Toronto Press: 2019).

The Study of al-Andalus: The Scholarship and Legacy of James T. Monroe (co-edited with Michelle M. Hamilton) (Cambridge: ILEX Foundation; Harvard University Press, 2018)

Double Diaspora: Sephardic Cultural Production Before and After 1492. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015.

Framing Iberia: Maqamat and Frametale Narratives in Medieval Spain. Leiden: Brill, 2007. [Paperback edition 2010]

Wine, Women and Song: Hebrew and Arabic Literature in Medieval Iberia. (co-edited with Michelle M. Hamilton and Sarah J. Portnoy) (Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs, 2004).

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