Spanish

Michael Gordon, Ph.D.

Michael Gordon

Associate Professor of Spanish

Office: Leutze Hall 127A
Tel: (910) 962-7392
Fax: (910) 962-7712
E-mail:gordonm@uncw.edu

B.A., Duke University
M.A., Middlebury College
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
, Madison

Michael Gordon received his B.A. in Spanish and History from Duke University, his M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College, and his Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Gordon teaches Masters and undergraduate courses on Golden Age Spanish literature and civilization, as well as seminars in English in the Honors College related to those themes. His research interests include Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, the 16th- and 17th-century Mediterranean corsair economy, the relationship between narrative frames and the strong female characters in Boccaccio’s Decameron and Cervantes’s works of prose, and science and science fiction in Don QuixoteIn the spring of 2017, Dr. Gordon directed UNC-Charlotte’s “Semester-in-Spain” program in Santander, Spain, and in the fall of that year, he was a visiting research fellow at one of UNCW’s direct exchange partner institutions abroad (Università di Verona). Dr. Gordon is currently UNCW’s Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), serving as the liaison between faculty and student-athletes.

Publications

“The Wormhole of Montesinos: Don Quixote’s Cave Adventure as a Tale of Science Fact and Fiction.” Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America 41.2 (Fall 2021) (Forthcoming).

“Teaching in Times of Covid: From ‘Landing the Plane’ to ‘Reaching for the Stars.’” Resilience: Resilience: How the Covid-19 Pandemic Made Us Wiser and Stronger. Ed. Henry Watson Jordan, 2021.

“‘Éste es gallo.’ ¿Ésta es novela?: Un desafío a la clasificación tradicional de ‘El curioso impertinente.’” Tropelías: Revista de Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada 33 (2020): 186-206.

“Cervantes’ Algerian Swan Song: The Birth of Los baños de Argel and its Positive Portrayal of Jews.”  Beyond Narratives of Captivity: Mediterranean Piracy in the Eyes of the World. Klarer, Mario, ed. Vol. II. London: Routledge (2020): 95-110.

“The Forgotten Jews -- Ottoman Court Doctors in Viaje de Turquía (1557).” Hispania Judaica Bulletin 14 (2019): 189-207.

“Innovating on Adultery: Cervantes’ Camila and the Wives of Day 7 in Il Decameron.” eHumanista 43 (2019): 395-406.

“Minorías prósperas en la economía corsaria literaria: Brahín en Los cautivos de Argel y David en Guzmán el Bravo.Rassegna iberistica Vol. 41, Num. 109 (June 2018). Venice, Italy: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari: 23-31.

“¿Una amistad inesperada?: El capitán Domingo de Toral y Valdés y los judíos de Alepo.” Etiópicas—Revista de Letras Renacentistas 13 (2017). Universidad de Huelva: 1-14.

“¿Una economía de la religión o una religión de la economía?: Las estrategias de negocios de los mercaderes judíos de Cervantes y Shakespeare.” Comentarios a Cervantes: Actas selectas del VIII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Cervantistas.  Asturias, Spain: Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson (2014): 906-911.

“Cervantes, Cyprus, and the Sublime Porte: Literary Representations of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Jew  Solomon  Ashkenazi.”  eHumanista/Cervantes 2 (“Cervantes y el Mediterráneo” / “Cervantes and the Mediterranean”) (2013): 205–226.

“Presencia, papel, propósito:  los personajes judíos de Cervantes en el Persiles.”  Iberoamérica  Global  4.1 (2011): 68–75.