Sosland Family Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
Mary Malcolm Gaylord is Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, where she teaches Spanish and Spanish-American literature of the 12th through the 17th centuries and comparative Romance literatures. She writes widely on early modern Hispanic poetry, drama, fiction and historiography. Her work on poetry studies the diverse voices --popular/learned, male/female, native/imported-- that come together to produce the dazzling polyphonies of Renaissance and baroque lyric. A current book project, trans-Atlantic in focus, considers the impact of Spain’s expansionist history on Cervantes’s literary imagination in Don Quixote. Since her first year as a Fulbright scholar in Spain, Mary has been fascinated by the simultaneous closeness and distinctness of Iberian cultures.