Roxanna Colón-Cosme

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E-mail: Office: Rolfe 4324


  • Candidate in Philosophy. Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Los Angeles (2020)
  • M.A. Hispanic Studies, University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus (2016)
  • B.A. Hispanic Studies, University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus (2013)


I’m interested in Ibero-romance Literature, particularly in the Medieval and Early Modern periods. I have studied the representational diversity of the Muslim female characters in the Libro de buen amor and El conde Lucanor. Also, I have explored the topic of ars amatoria and the position of women in love instructional documents.

I am cofounder of our Hebrew Aljamiado Research Group. In this group we have developed our transcription system and offered workshops on how to read and transcribe aljamiado in UCLA. Currently we are preparing a joint publication on the findings of our research.

Lately, I’ve been working on the representation and production of space in Medieval and Early Modern works, which I have studied in La Celestina. Furthermore, I will do a geocritical reading of the Iberian pliegos sueltos and the phenomena of the glosas de romance in my doctoral dissertation. I will explore the literary and representational space in different pliegos suetlos, expose the way the glosa intercepts the romance and show how these narrative and geographical intertextualities reveal a more comprehensive representation of the imagined space. The close reading of these small texts will also illustrate the way the author of the sixteenth century employed old and new materials to portray a Christian and homogeneous Iberia.

Fellowships & Awards

  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, University of California, Los Angeles (2017) – Director: John Dagenais
  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship Award, University of California, Los Angeles (2016-2020)
  • Luce López-Baralt Award, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (2016)
  • Academic Distinction, Master of Hispanic Studies 2016, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (2016)

Presentations & Conferences

  • (Upcoming) “‘Que nunca en estas tierras se han oydo’: Materiality, Readers and Mobility in the First Productions of Iberorromance Cordel Literature.” The Power of Books and Libraries. 9th Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (SMRS), 20-22 Jun. 2022, Saint Louis University, MO.
  • (Upcoming) ““Libriko de romansas importantes”: Cartography and Adaptation in 16th Century Iberian pliegos sueltos and 20th Century Mediterranean Sephardic librikos de romanzas.” From Romance to Romance: Translating Medieval and Early Modern Romance Vernacular Texts (13th-18th c.), 18-19 Nov. 2021, University of California – Los Angeles. Conference Organizer and Presenter.
  • “‘¡Amad, dueñas, amalde tal omne qual debuxo!’: Understanding the Medieval Male through Guidelines for Women’s Behavior.” Medieval-Ibero Explicandi per Masculum: Counsel for Women Composed by Men. 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS), 10-15 May 2021, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.
  • “The Sensorial Experience in the Mystic Poetry of Saint John of the Cross and Ibn al’Arabi of Murcia.” Crossing Religious Boundaries in the Medieval World: Categorization, Translation, Figuration, Mysticism. 96th meeting of Medieval Academy of America, 15-18 Abr. 2021, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
  • “A Hebrew Aljamiado Workshop.” New Directions, Old Roots. 7th Annual ucLADINO Judeo-Spanish Symposium, 14-15 Mar. 2018, University of California – Los Angeles. Workshop Organizer and Presenter.
  • “Alef Bet and Romance Correspondences” and “Danza de la muerte in MS Parma 2666; fol. 200r.” Unveiling Judeo-Spanish Texts: A Hebrew Aljamiado Workshop. 1st Hebrew Aljamiado Research Group Workshop, 22 Feb. 2018, University of California – Los Angeles. Workshop Organizer and Presenter.
  • Mujeres utópicas, sexualizadas, ingratas e interesadas: un acercamiento a la representación del personaje femenino moro-orientalizado en El conde Lucanory el Libro de buen amor. MA Thesis. Rio Piedras, University of Puerto Rico. 2016.