James Iffland

James Iffland

Professor of Spanish

BA, Vanderbilt University
PhD, Brown University

Research and Teaching

Professor Iffland is the author of Quevedo and the Grotesque (2 volumes, 1978 and 1982), Ensayos sobre la poesía revolucionaria de Centroamérica (1994), and De fiestas y aguafiestas: risa, locura e ideología en Cervantes y Avellaneda (1999). He is also editor of Francisco de Quevedo’s picaresque novel El buscón (1988) and Quevedo in Perspective: Eleven Essays for the Quadricentennial (1982), and co-editor of El “Quijote” desde América (2006).

Professor Iffland has written on a wide variety of topics related to the Spanish Golden Age, centering mainly on Cervantes and Quevedo. Work in progress in this area includes a book-length study of the social genesis of Don Quijote. A secondary field of interest is contemporary Central American literature, particularly as it relates to sociopolitical conditions in the region. He is currently at work on a book on Roque Dalton, the Salvadorean writer and revolutionary. Among the courses he teaches are those on Cervantes’s Don Quijote, Golden Age prose fiction, poetry, and drama, and literature and social change in Central America. He is also a faculty member in the Latin American Studies Program at Boston University.

Currently an Associate Editor of Cervantes:  The Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America and a member of the Editorial Board of A contracorriente, Professor Iffland has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship (to Argentina), and a Woodrow Wilson Independent Study Award (to Mexico). He was named the Central American Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies of Harvard University during the 2005-2006 academic year and was a Senior Research Fellow at the Humanities Foundation of Boston University in the spring of 2006.  In 2010 he was inducted into the Orden de Isabel la Católica by the Spanish government, receiving a “Cruz de Oficial” in recognition for his contributions to the study and dissemination of Hispanic culture. He has held visiting appointments at Boston College, Brandeis University, Brown University, Harvard University, and M.I.T.