David D. Navarro

Lecturer
Full-Time Faculty

Profile

David D. Navarro is a Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. His doctoral dissertation "Interacciones narrativas árabe, cristiana y judía: convivencia literaria en el Medievo peninsular" (Arabic, Christian and Jewish Narrative Interactions: Literary Co-Habitation in Medieval Iberia) examined a critical study based on identity theory, intergroup relations, and social discourse of cultural relations between the three religious communities in the literary framework of the Iberian Peninsula. Recent scholarly contributions have been published in eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies, LEMIR (Revista de Literatura Española Medieval y del Renacimiento), Medievalia, and Sephardic Horizons. His areas of specialization include Medieval and Golden Age Literature, religious minorities in Medieval Iberia, Medieval Jurisprudence, and Sephardic Diaspora.

Courses Taught

  • Basic Proficiency in Spanish I
  • Spanish Composition I
  • Accelerated Elementary Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish I
  • Intensive Spanish for Beginners
  • Introduction to Spanish Literature
  • Introduction to Spanish Civilization
  • Spain’s Crossroads of Three Literatures: Arabic, Christian and Jewish

Degrees

  • Ph. D. in Hispanic Studies, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Master of Arts in English Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland / Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
  • B.S. Magna Cum Laude (high honors) in English Studies, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

Professional Activities

  • Co-Director, ‘Diáspora Sefardí’ [Sephardic Diaspora] section of Tarbut Sefarad (www
  • Holocaust Educational Trust of Ireland (HETI)                                                          
  • Canadian Association of Hispanists (ACH/CAH)                                        
  • Asociación Internacional de Cervantistas                                            
  • Modern Languages Association (MLA)                                            
  • The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)

Research Interests

  • Medieval and Modern Peninsular Literature
  • Religious Minorities of the Iberian Peninsula
  • Medieval Jurisprudence
  • Sephardic Diaspora
  • Transatlantic Studies
  • Women and Early Modern Hispanic Literature
  • Translation Theory

Selected Publications and Presentations

Book editions

La Gaviota by Fernán Caballero [Cecilia Böhl de Faber]. Student’s annotated edition, introduction and notes. Newark, DE: Cervantes & Co. Forthcoming in Spring 2014.

Book Reviews

Varon, Bension. "Voyage to Constantinopla. The Story of an Eighteenth-Century Rare Book and the Pioneering Spanish Diplomatic Mission that Inspired It." An Illustrated Monograph (Fairfax, VA: Quicksilver Printing, 2012. 107 pp.). In Sephardic Horizons 4.1 (Fall 2013). Online.

Muñiz-Huberman, Angelina. "A Mystical Journey." Tran. by Seymour Menton. (Santa Fe, NM: Gaon Books, 2011. 130 pp.). In Sephardic Horizons 4.1 (Fall 2013). Online.

Articles Published in Peer-Refereed Journals

“Fervor religioso y antisemitismo en Los milagros de Nuestra Señora de Gonzalo de Berceo.” LEMIR: Revista de Literatura Española Medieval y del Renacimiento 14 (2010): 301-312. In Press.

“El mundo de la frontera: cambio de religión y choque cultural de los personajes moriscos del Quijote.” Visiones y revisiones cervantinas: Actas Selectas del VII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Cervantistas. Ed. Christoph Strosetzki. Alcalá de Henares: Centro de Estudios Cervantinos, 2011. 285-292. In Press.

“De Yerushalayim a Roma: Cantar de los Cantares e hipertextualidad cristiana en Cántico Espiritual de San Juan de la Cruz.” LEMIR: Revista de Literatura Española Medieval y del Renacimiento 15 (2011): 171-184. In Press.

“Interacción cultural de al-Ándalus en el Cancionero de Ibn Quzmān y la Risāla fī-l-qaḍā’ wa-l-ḥisba de Ibn ‘Abdūn: dos ideas en conflicto.” eHumanista: Journal on Iberian Studies 19.1 (Fall 2011): 328-344. In Press.

“Saint John of the Cross’ Spiritual Canticle: A Christian Perspective of a Jewish Love Affair.” Letras Hispanas: Revista de Literatura y Cultura 8.2 (Fall 2012): 6-17. In Press.

“Presencia del diablo y conspiración judía en el Medievo peninsular: una mirada particular al Milagro de Teófilo de Gonzalo de Berceo.” Medievalia. Accepted on May 31, 2012 and forthcoming in Volume 43 (Spring 2014). In Press.

“A Medieval Model of Inter-Group Relations: Don Juan Manuel and ‘Jewish’ Professions in Three Exempla of Conde Lucanor.” Cincinnati Romance Review 37.1 (Fall 2014). Submitted for review on September 2, 2013.

Presentations

“Interacción y sincretismo religioso andalusí en el Dīwān de Ibn Quzmān.” III Congress of the Canadian Atlantic Provinces Hispanists (APH). Université de Moncton (Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada), October 18-19, 2013.

“Relaciones sociales cristiano-hebreas como modelo de contacto de grupos en cuatro exemplos de Conde Lucanor.” XLIX Congress of the Association of Canadian Hispanists. University of Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), June 1-4, 2013.

“Ausencia y presencia judía en Conde Lucanor: recurso narrativo frente a conciencia social.” Congreso Internacional XIV Jornadas Medievales. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico DF, Mexico), February 11-15, 2013.

“Religious Co-habitation of Iberia in Ibn Quzman’s Poetry: Example of Social Versus Political Discourse.” Department of Languages, Linguistics and Philosophy. The University of South Dakota (Vermillion, South Dakota), February 22, 2013.

“Spanish and Portuguese Marranos in Seventeenth Century Amsterdam: Faith, Venture and Economic Impact.” 2013 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies (Chicago, Illinois, United States), January 24-26, 2013.

“Interacción cultural y represión social andalusí: dos ideas enfrentadas en el Dīwān de Ibn Quzmān y la Risāla fī-l-qaḍā’ wa-l-ḥisba de Ibn ‘Abdūn.” XLVIII Congress of the Association of Canadian Hispanists. Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). May 26-29, 2012.

“Adam and Eve’s Dual Transgression in John Milton’s Paradise Lost.” Emergence/ies - XIII Graduate Student Conference in Modern Languages, Literature, Theory and Criticism. Western University (London, Ontario, Canada), March 17-19, 2011.

“The Wandering Travellers: Sephardic Diaspora in the Sixteenth Century Ottoman Empire.” In Transit - XII Graduate Student Conference in Modern Languages, Literature, Theory and Criticism. Western University (London, Ontario, Canada), March 25-27, 2010.

“The Golden Period and Decline of Jewish Spain: From Moses Maimonides to the Pogroms of 1391.” Jewish Educational Manna Series. London Jewish Community Centre (London, Ontario, Canada), February 1, 2010.

“El mundo de la frontera, cambio de religión y choque cultural de los personajes moriscos del Quijote.” VIII Congreso de la Asociación de Cervantistas. Münster University (Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany), September 30-October 4, 2009.