Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
246 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd.
Oversight Committee Representative, 2013-2014
Professor Costigan’s teaching and research interests include colonial Latin American, Afro-Brazilian, religious and ethnic studies. Her last book, Through Cracks in the Wall: Modern Inquisitions and New Christian Letrados in the Iberian Atlantic World (Brill Academic Publishers, 2010), was written with grants received from the American Council for Learned Societies, and the John Carter Brown Library. It analyzes literary writings and inquisitional testimonies produced in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries by descendants of Iberian Jews forced to convert to Christianity in the late medieval and early modern periods. Her book, A sátira e o intelectual criollo na colônia: Gregório de Matos e Juan del Valle y Caviedes (Latinoamericana Editores, 1991), is a comparative study of satirical poetry produced by a Brazilian and a Peruvian criollo during the second half of the sevententh century.
- Latin American colonial literature and culture
- Brazilian literature and culture
- Comparative Latin American literature and culture