Javier Patiño Loira

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E-mail: jpatinoloira@ucla.edu Office: Rolfe Hall 5337

Javier Patiño Loira joined the department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA in 2017 after receiving his PhD from Princeton University. At present, he is working on a book tentatively entitled Cooperative Aesthetics: Jesuit Hispanic Scholarly Networks and Acuity of Wit, which unfolds the process through which seventeenth-century Spanish and Spanish-American Jesuits came out with a theory of the beautiful and a participative characterization of the reader and listener’s response as they sought to account for the pleasure that contemporary audiences took at far-fetched metaphors, paradoxical statements and smart sayings, in a debate that took place across linguistic and geographical boundaries.

Javier is interested in early modern poetic and rhetorical theory, the constitution and dynamics of humanist networks and the reception of classical antiquity. He has published on the relationship between scholarship and book collecting practices in the context of the formation of sixteenth-century libraries, on early modern antiquarianism, educational theory and translation practice, as well as on the relationship between early modern psychology and politics as they coalesce in the development of the notion of interiority.

Since September 2014, Javier has been part of the Diversifying the Classics project, directed by Prof. Barbara Fuchs at UCLA, as a regular member of the working group on the Comedia in Translation and Performance.


  • M.A./Ph.D. (2012/2016) Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University
  • M.A. (2008) Comparative Literature, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
  • B.A. (2007) Romance Languages (Italian), Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
  • B.A. (2007) Spanish, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela


  • Early Modern Spanish and Italian Literature
  • Poetics and Rhetoric
  • Humanism and Reception of Greek and Roman Antiquity
  • Intellectual Networks
  • Libraries and Collections

Articles and Book Chapters

“Migration, war and the continuity of the city in Lluis Pons d’Icart’s Libro de las grandezas de Tarragona (1572).” In Multi-ethnic Cities in the Mediterranean World. Vol. 1 Cultures and Practices of Coexistence, 13th-17th Centuries, ed. Marco Folin and Antonio Musarra. London: Routledge (Forthcoming Fall 2019).

“La deuda de un traductor: La poética de Aristóteles de Alonso Ordóñez (1624-26).” Revista de Filología Española (Forthcoming Summer 2019).

“Cervantes’ Persiles and Early Modern Theories of Wonder.” In Cervantes’ Persiles and the Travails of Romance, ed. Marina Brownlee. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (Forthcoming Spring 2019).

“Francesco Robortello.” In Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy, ed. Marco Sgarbi. Springer, 2017 (Forthcoming 2019).

“Tropes.” In Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy, ed. Marco Sgarbi. Springer, 2017 (Forthcoming Fall 2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_1084-1

“Giulio Camillo Delminio.” In Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy, ed. Marco Sgarbi. Springer, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_321-1

“‘Meddling with Royal Hearts:’ Interiority and Privanza (1598-1643).” Culture and History 6.2 (2017): e017. https://doi.org/10.3989/chdj.2017.017

“Imagining Public Libraries in Sixteenth-Century Italy and Spain: Juan Páez de Castro and Juan Bautista Cardona.” Pacific Coast Philology 52.2 (2017), pp. 184-194. http://doi.org/10.5325/pacicoasphil.52.2.0184

“‘Glosar la intención:’ Baltasar Gracián, el secreto de estado y la agudeza en el historiador.” Memoria y civilización 19 (2016): 271-291. https://doi.org/10.15581/001.19.271-291