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Isabel Jaén Portillo - Spanish

Isabel Jaén Portillo (2010)
Associate Professor of Spanish

Ph.D. Purdue University, 2006
Ph.D. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2016









Dr. Jaén holds Ph.Ds from Purdue University and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). Her research fields include early modern literature and psychology, cognitive literary studies, contemporary literature and film, historical memory, women studies, and transatlantic 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 Cognitive Approaches to Early Modern Spanish Literature (Oxford University Press, 2016). She has published articles on Peninsular and Latin American literature and film, 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. She co-founded and co-directed (2005-2015) 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

  • Cervantes and the Early Modern Mind. Co-edited with Julien J. Simon [under review]
  • Self, Other, and Context in Early Modern Spain: Essays in Honor of Howard Mancing. Co-edited with Carolyn Nadeau and Julien J. Simon [under review]
  • New Approaches to Hispanic Cinema and Literature. Co-edited with Gina Herrmann [under review]
  • Literature and Cognitive Psychology in Early Modern Spain [in progress, project awarded with a Portland State University Faculty Enhancement Grant]

Phone: (503) 725-3541