Margaret R. Greer

Margaret Greer



Title: Professor; Spanish

Office Location: 217C Languages Bldg.

Office Phone: 919-660-3127, 919-660-3100

Office Hours: On sabbatical 2007-2008

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Margaret Greer received her PhD from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1983. Before coming to Duke, she taught at Princeton University (1985-1996) and as a visiting professor at New York University and Yale. Her main area of specialization is Early Modern Spanish literature and culture. Her publications include: Maria de Zayas Tells Baroque Tales of Love and the Cruelty of Men (University Park, 2000); "Basta callar" of Pedro Calderón de la Barca (Ottawa, 2000); The Play of Power: Mythological Court Dramas of Pedro Calderón de la Barca (Princeton, 1991), "La estatua de Prometeo" of Pedro Calderón de la Barca: A Critical Edition (Kassel, Germany, 1986), Decolonizing the Middle Ages (co-edited with John Dagenais; special topics issue of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 2000); and Fuentes para la historia del teatro en Espana, Vol. 29, Teatro palaciego, 1587-1715, (co-edited with John Varey, Tamesis, 1997). She has also published numerous articles on Calderón, on Tirso de Molina, and on problems of editing and the use of computer technology in research and pedagogy.

Learning to ride a scooter
Learning to ride a scooter

She is currently working on tragedy in Early Modern Spain, on a large database project on early modern Spain theater manuscripts, and on the representation of hunting in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature, art, and law and Colonial Peru and Mexico. Other research interests include the function of theatre as a cultural institution and psychoanalytic and feminist literary theory.


Research Interests:

Spanish Early Modern Literature and Culture, Women Writers, Text Editing

Representative Publications

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  1. M.R. Greer, Walter Mignolo, Maureen Quilligan, eds.. Rereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Racism in the Renaissance Empires. U. of Chicago Press, December, 2007.
  2. Maria de Zayas Tells Baroque Tales of Love and the Cruelty of Men. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000.
  3. M.R. Greer. "Diana, Cupid and Barrowed Dogs: On Hunting in 'Don Quixote'." Cervantes y su mundo Ed. A. Robert Lauer & Kurt Reichenberger. Estudios de Literatura 92Kassel: Edition Reichenberger, 2005. (forthcoming)
  4. Margaret R. Greer, Andrea Junguito. "Economies of the Early Modern Spanish Stage." Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 29 (2004): 31-46.
  5. "Maria de Zayas and the Female Eunuch." Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 2:1 (2001): 41-53.
  6. "Calderon de la Barca, Playwright at Court." Cambridge Companion to Valezquez Ed. Suzanne Stratton-Pruitt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002, 149-169.