Loreto Romero Martínez Eiroa

PhD Student
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Ph.D., Spanish Literature, University of Virginia

B.A., English Language and Literature, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)

B.A., Spanish Language and Literature, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)


"Early Modern Spanish Books as Cultural Artifacts: A Theoretical Approach to the Transmission and Reception of Fernando de Rojas’ Celestina"

This dissertation focuses on the numerous sixteenth-century editions of Celestina as material witnesses to the work’s early modern success and reception. It dwells on the extra-linguistic—versus the metalinguistic—features of Celestina as a literature, examining via methods of analytical bibliography the medium, not simply a product but a constituent in a process in which a series of meanings manifest themselves through the intervention of a number of agents. This being so, I use a hermeneutical approach to material textualities that progresses from empirical and pragmatic considerations to ones that are theoretically socio-historical. I propose to pursue an anthropologically and bibliographically centered philology whose goal is to account for Celestina’s popularity in sixteenth-century Spain and, in a broader sense, for all Spanish Golden Age “best-sellers.”

Research Interests

  • Medieval and Early Modern Literature
  • European Renaissance
  • Fernando de Rojas’ Celestina
  • Reception Theories
  • Readership
  • Manuscripts and Early Printed Books in Europe
  • Critical Bibliography and Library Studies


  • Spanish 3300 (Text & Interpretation)
  • Spanish 3030 (Cultural Conversations)
  • Spanish 3010 (Grammar and Composition I)
  • Spanish 2020 (Intermediate Spanish II)
  • Spanish 2010 (Intermediate Spanish)

Recent Presentations

“The Construction of the Dominant’s Class Power Discourse Through Love and Gender Performance: Re-imagining the Serrana Woman in the Fifteenth-Century Cancioneros.” MIFLC.

Grants & Awards

Pine Tree Foundation Fellow

Charkles Gordon Reid Award

Battestin Fellow, the Bibliographical Society of UVA

Buice Scholarship Fund, Rare Book School

Grant recipient, “Cultural Histories of the Material World: Early Modern Books and Objects,” Folger Institute