Veronica E Menaldi

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menal003@umn.edu


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota focusing in medieval and early modern Iberia. My dissertation project, in short, nuances between magic, miracle and medicine in Al-Andalus and medieval/early modern reconquered Spain through the vantage point of Iberian literature and its then-contemporary magical/medicinal practices documented in (primarily) Arabic, Romance, Aljamiado, Latin, and Hebrew grimoires, or spell-books. I examine how these literary representations of magic—specifically in the Cantigas de Santa Maria, the Conde Lucanor, the Zifar, the Libro de buen amor, the Celestina the Inocencia castigada and an anonymous pliego—though often demonized, are never denied but rather presented as a less effective option for obtaining one’s goal. I have received funding through FLAS (summer 2014 and academic year 2014-2015) and CLS (summer 2016) for my continued language studies in Arabic in addition summer research grants.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2014.
  • B.A.: Honors Romance Languages and Literatures (Spanish and French), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2012.

Specialties

  • Al-Andalus
  • Moriscos
  • Aljamiado
  • Magic
  • Arthurian Literature
  • Romances
  • Medieval Spain
Courses Taught
  • SPAN 3105 (Intro to Hispanic Culture). Spring 2016
  • SPAN 3015 (Spanish Communication and Composition). Fall 2015
  • SPAN 1004 (Fourth Semester Spanish Language). Summer 2015
  • SPAN 1003 (Third Semester Spanish Language). Fall 2014 (first 6 weeks), Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Summer 2013
  • SPAN 1022 (Accerlated First Year Spanish Language). Fall 2012, Spring 2013
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • “Enchanting Go-Betweens: Mediated Love Magic Within and Without El Libro de buen amor” : Cleric’s Craft: Crossroads of Medieval Spanish Literature and Modern Critique International Conference. El Paso, Texas. , Oct. 2015
  • “Enchanting Go-Betweens: Mediated Love Magic Within and Without El Libro de buen amor” : University of Minnesota Spanish and Portuguese Research Group (SPRG). Twin Cities, Minnesota. , Oct. 2015
  • “Enchanted Words and Places: Exploring the Andalusi and Franco-Celtic Magic in Zifar,” : 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, Michigan. , May 2015
  • “Transformative Identities in Morisco Characters and Texts.” : Don Quixote in the American West: A Fourth Centenary Celebration (1615-2015) International Conference. Denver, Colorado/Laramie, Wyoming. , April 2015
  • “Transformative Translations: Iberian Interpretations of Paris y Viana.” : 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, Michigan. , May 2014
  • “Doomed Magic: Its Function and Failures in Two of Zayas’ Novelas.” : 13th Congreso Internacional De Literatura Hispanica. Cartagena, Colombia. , March 2014
  • “Magical Morsels: Food in Morisco Aljamiado Incantations.” : 1st International Conference of Mens et Mensa (Society for the Study of Food in the Middle Ages). Barcelona, Spain. , Oct. 2013
  • “Magical Morsels: Food in Morisco Aljamiado Incantations.” : University of Minnesota Spanish and Portuguese Research Group (SPRG). Twin Cities, Minnesota. , Oct. 2013
  • “Magical Incantations Found in Aljamiado Manuscripts Showcase Connections Between Romance And Arabic.” : 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, Michigan. , May 2013
Awards
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese for conference travel Oct 2015, May 2015, April 2015, October 2013, and May 2013.
  • Academic Year 2014-2015 FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowship for Arabic, Sept. 2014 - May 2015
  • Summer FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowship for Arabic, June 2014 - August 2014
  • SPPT Summer Research Fellowship - Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, University of Minnesota, June 2014 - August 2014
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant from Council of Graduate Students (COGS), Oct. 2013
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant from The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA), March 2014, Oct. 2013
  • Critical Language Scholarship (Arabic), US Department of State, June 2016 - August 2016