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Erin Bolívar

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PhD Student, Hispanic Studies & Italian, Teaching Assistant of Spanish

Erin Bolívar is a scholar of Hispanic and Italian Studies and a third year PhD student in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Georgia.  Her research focuses on the portrayal of the Virgen Mary in both Spain and Italy during the Baroque.  As a Marian scholar, she focuses on the connections between Mother Mary as both an earthly figure and an inspirational embodiment of  humanity's highest aspirations within both Christianity and Islam.  Her dissertation will center on Spanish and Italian poetry and painting portrayal of the Madonna in Baroque Seville, as well as Her importance in the New Spain and Islam.

She serves as an editorial fellow for the Bulletin of the Comediantes.

As an instructor, she teaches communicative based lessons with emphasis on Hispanic culture.  Her teaching philosophy centres around student learning and their individual needs to be successful in Spanish language learning.  She sees her role as very much of guidance and support in order to assist her students achieve their language goals.  

Research interests:  Spanish Golden Age poetry and painting, twentieth and twenty first century Spanish and Italian religious poetry, painting, Baroque art; Marian scholarship, gardens, iconography, statues, sacred architecture and apparitions; Spanish and Italian mystical writing and Catholic theologians, Islamic mysticism, Lady Maryam in Islam. 


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Erin Bolívar was awarded a Spring 2023 Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Graduate Research Award for her dissertation research on the portrayal of the Virgin Mary in Spanish and Italian painting and poetry.

Felicitationes & Complimenti!

Major Professor

Professor of Spanish

Committee Members

Professor of Italian
Distinguished Research Professor, Spanish Literature

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