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Isabel Jaén Portillo - Spanish

Isabel Jaén Portillo (2010)
Associate Professor of Spanish
Ph.D. Purdue University, 2006










Dr. Jaén received her B.A. from the Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain) and her Ph.D. from Purdue University. Her research fields include early modern peninsular literature and psychology, cognitive literary studies, contemporary literature and film, and women studies. She is co-author of Épocas y Avances (Yale University Press 2006), co-editor of Cognitive Literary Studies (University of Texas Press, 2012), and currently works on Golden Age Spanish literature and medical philosophy, exploring the ideas of Hippocrates, Galen, Vives, and Huarte in relation to Cervantes, Calderón, and Zayas. She has published articles on Peninsular and Latin American literature, comparative literature, and literature and cognition, and has presented her work at national and international conferences. Dr. Jaén is a former executive member of the MLA Division for Cognitive Approaches to Literature (2008-2012, chair in 2011), a former member of the Purdue Cognitive Literary Studies Steering Committee (2008-2010), and a co-organizer of the International Conference on Hispanic Film and Literature Cine-Lit. In 2005 she co-founded the Literary Theory, Cognition, and the Brain Working Group at the Whitney Humanities Center in Yale University, where she taught for six years. She came to Portland State from Wabash College, where she held an appointment as Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor.

Books in Progress:

  • Cognitive Approaches to Early Modern Spanish Literature. [Anthology co-edited with Julien Simon; under contract with Oxford UP]
  • Literature and Cognitive Psychology in Early Modern Spain. [Monograph, project awarded with a Portland State University Faculty Enhancement Grant]

Phone: (503) 725 3541