Itziar Rodriguez de Rivera

Senior Lecturer of Spanish


Itziar Rodríguez de Rivera received her Ph.D. in Spanish from Harvard University, an M.A in Spanish from the University at Albany SUNY, and a B.A in English from Universidad Complutense in Madrid. Her research and teaching interests focus on modern and contemporary Spanish peninsular literature and culture, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. She has taught courses in Spanish Peninsular literature and cinema. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Paper Women: Figures of the ‘Lesbian’ in Spanish Literature and Culture 1868-1936, that examines the figure of the lesbian in late 19th century and early 20th century Spain.

Research Focus

  • Modern and contemporary Spanish Peninsular literature and culture
  • Popular literature, cultural studies
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Intersections of medical and sex discourses
  • Iberian literatures
  • Spanish film
  • Critical theory


  • Queer Hispanisms
  • Perspectives on Spain
  • The Other Iberia
  • Imagining Sex in Modern Spain
  • Survey of Modern Spanish Literature


  • “Backward Modernity? The Masculine Lesbian in Spanish Sicaliptic Literature.” Kiosk Literature in Silver Age Spain: Modernity and Mass Culture. Eds. Susan Larson and Jeffrey Zamostnny (Forthcoming).
  • “Placer solitario y homoerotismo femenino en La Condesita (Memorias de una doncella) de Francisco de Sales Mayo: otro peligroso suplemento.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (2014)

Courses - Spring 2022