Spanish language & culture, 18-19th C. Spanish literature, staging, costumbrismo, utopia, labor & the marginalized, actor.
Ruiz Hernandez, as a scholar of 18th and 19th c. Spanish peninsular literary and cultural production, draws on literary criticism and historiography to highlight the roles of marginalized communities, social mobility, and gender movements in the Iberian Peninsula. In close connection with the portrayal of national identities, he analyzed the political satires in 19th c. Spanish Costumbrismo in his article "«El patriota» de Ignacio de Castilla: la influencia de los artículos políticos de Larra en un autor costumbrista menor," published by Letras Hispanas in 2019. By attending to these understudied groups and perspectives, his current project, tentatively titled "Crossings: Identity, Work, and Social Mobility in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Spanish Theater," offers a new way of understanding the broader social changes that characterized this nation-forming period in Spain.
Oscar Ruiz Hernandez is a Spanish instructor, literary critic, essayist, and actor. He obtained a B.A. in Spanish Philology and a M.A. in Pedagogy from University of Valladolid, Spain. In the US, he earned his Ph.D. in Spanish from University of Virginia in 2020.
"Rodolfo Usigli, El gesticulador." In Historia de un escenario: 40 años de teatro en español en la Universidad de Virginia. Edited by Fernando Operé, and Fernando Valverde. Valparaíso USA and Sonámbulos Editions, 2020, pp. 265-277.
"El Patriota de Ignacio de Castilla: la influencia de los artículos políticos de Larra en un autor costumbrista menor." Letras Hispanas: Revista de Literatura y Cultura, vol. 15, 2019, pp. 121-138.