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Bruno M. Damiani

Ordinary Professor of Spanish


Professional Profile

Bruno M. Damiani (Ph. D., Johns Hopkins University) is Professor of Spanish at the Catholic University of America. He has published over one hundred and fifty articles and book reviews on Spanish and Italian Renaissance and Golden Age Literature, among them several studies on Petrarch, Quevedo, Aretino, Malon de Chaide, Cervantes, Lazarillo de Tormes and La Lozana andaluza; editions of La Lozana andaluza (Madrid: Castalia, 1967); critical edition, (Madrid:Porrua, 1979); La Celestina (Madrid: Catedra, 1974), and La picara Justina (Madrid: Porrua, 1982). Noteworthy are his contributions to the study of language and symbolism in Cervantes's La Galatea. To cite just a few of his publications in this area are "The Rhetoric of Death in La Galatea" "Didacticism in Cervantes's Galatea" "The Valley of the Cypresses in La Galatea" and "La Galatea. Music and the Visual Arts".


Professor Damiani has also authored numerous books on the Spanish Golden Age, among them, Francisco Delicado (New York : G.K. Hall, 1974), Francisco Lopez de Ubeda (New York : G.K. Hall, 1976), "La Diana" of Montemayor as Social and Religious Teaching (Lexington : The University of Kentucky Press, 1983), Montemayor's "Diana", Music, and the Visual Arts (Madison : The Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies, 1983), Jorge de Montemayor (Rome : Bulzoni, 1984), Moralidad y didactismo en el Siglo de Oro (Madrid : Origenes, 1987),  co-authored Et in Arcadia ego : Essays on Death in the Pastoral Novel (Washington, D.C. : University Press of America, 1990),  ARTE Y MENSAJE EN LA PROSA DEL SIGLO DE ORO. Torino: QUADERNI IBERO AMERICANI, 2008 and Narrativas Humanisticas. (Rome: Nuova Cultura), 2011.

Professor Damiani has also edited or co-edited homage volumes in honor of Helmut Hatzfeld (1974), Gerald Wade (1979), D.W. McPheeters (1986), and Elias Rivers (1988), and has prefaced and co-edited the volume on EL IMPACTO DEL HUMANISMO EN EL NUEVO MUNDO (National Endowment for the Humanities and Scripta Humanistica, 1995), HUMANITIES, ETHICS, AND THE HEALTH SCIENCES (University of Puerto Rico Press and Scripta Humanistica, 2001), supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Narrativas humanísticas. Roma: Edizioni Nuova Cultura, 2011.

Professor Damiani has lectured extensively at more than one hundred universities here and abroad, among them, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Berkeley, Venice, Paris and Madrid, and he has been visiting professor at numerous universities including the University of Salamanca, Malaga, Valladolid, Naples and Costa Rica. Professor Damiani has been the recipient of grants and honors from the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and U.S. Universities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities; he has received The Distinguished Professor Award from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and the Papal Medal for Distinguished Service.

Professor Damiani has served on the Editorial Board of the Quaderni Ibero-Americani, Critica Hispánica, Kentucky Romance Quarterly, Journal of Hispanic Philology, Revista de Literatura, The Comparatist and Dovehouse Editions of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (Ottawa). He has been consultant to the Institute of Modern Languages, the U.S. Office of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a Corresponding Member of the Hispanic Society of America, a member of the Catholic Academy of Sciences, and is the Chairman of the Editorial Board of SCRIPTA HUMANISTICA.

Professor Damiani was awarded the Papal Benemerenti Medal by His Holiness Pope John Paul II in 1995 and, in 2013, was awarded the Official Cross of the Order of Queen Isabella the Catholic of Spain by His Royal Highness King Juan Carlos of Spain, in a ceremony held in Professor Damiani's honor at the Residence of the Ambassador of Spain to the United States, His Excellency Ramon Gil-Casares. See for more information.

Sample Courses:

  • Cervantes and the Quijote
  • The Spanish Picaresque Novel and its Ramification in European Literature: Grimmelshausen, Lesage, and Defoe
  • Prose Materpieces of the Golden Age
  • Golden Age Poetry
  • Prose of Spanish Mystics