Liesder Mayea

Asst Professor, Spanish

Degrees: PhD, Spanish UCR 2009; MA, Spanish SDSU 2006; BA, Art History, Spanish, and Comparative Literature SDSU 2003; AAs: Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy 2005 Southwestern College

Office: Spanish, Hall of Letters

Office Hours: MWF 3:00-4:30PM

Phone: 909/748-8461



Areas of Expertise

  • Medieval and Renaissance Spanish literature
  • Narrative and drama

Academic Interests

The classics of the Western World. My interests range from fields like Art History and comparative literature to mythology and religious studies. I also have special interest in the clash of the three major cultures (religions) of the Iberian Peninsula during the middle ages and the Renaissance: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity and the role of literature in this clash. I am also interested in the history of architecture.

Current Research

My current research in part focuses on the Quixote and the diverse cultural, literary, religious, and mythological sources or contexts for the classic work. I am also writing a study of drama from a historiographical point of view, and using a comparative perspective going as far back as classical (greek) drama, shakesperean drama, and the Spanish comedia. This evidently implies reviewing authors such as Sophocles, Euripides, Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, and Calderón de la Barca, and employing theories such as Aristotle’s theory in the Poetics, Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy, and Lionel Abel’s theory of metatheater (if only to expose a different approach).

Description of Research

My research has focused on the classics of Western Literature, with specific emphasis in the Spanish classics. Furthermore, my masters thesis focused on Erasmus of Rotterdam and Miguel de Cervantes, and a comparative approach to literature and painting during the transitory period between the middle ages and the Renaissance in Spain.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Spanish 101
  • Spanish 301
  • Spanish 302
  • Spanish 425
  • Spanish 412

Degrees Held

  • AAs: Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Southwestern College, 2005 
  • BA with majors in: Art History, Spanish, and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University,  2003
  • MA: Spanish, San Diego State University, 2006
  • Ph.D. : Spanish, Univeristy of California, Riverside, 2009

Previous Teaching Experience

Before the University of Redlands I taught beginning language classes at the university level.

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • Chancellor’s Outstanding Fellowship UCR
  • Merit Award NSCS Honor society


Contexts for Don Quixote and Quixotism: Beyond Hero or Fool. University of California. Dissertation. 2009

Erasmo, Cervantes: Literatura y arte español durante la vida de ambos personajes. San Diego: Moctezuma Publishing, 2006.

“The Future of the Latin American Nation State.” Osa Mayor. Journal of the University of Pittsburgh 19 (2008): 101-107.

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