Loreto Romero Martínez Eiroa

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 466
Office Hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays 1:00-2:00pm, or by appointment


Ph.D., Spanish Literature, University of Virginia
B.A., English Language and Literature, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)
B.A., Spanish Language and Literature, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)


"Anamorphosis: Imagining Celestina on the Edge of Modernity"

This dissertation focuses on the numerous sixteenth-century editions of Celestina as material witnesses to the work’s early modern success and reception. It dwells on the extra-linguistic—versus the metalinguistic—features of Celestina as a literature, examining via methods of analytical bibliography the medium, not simply a product but a constituent in a process in which a series of meanings manifest themselves through the intervention of a number of agents. To that end, I use a hermeneutical approach to material textualities that progresses from empirical and pragmatic considerations to ones that are theoretically socio-historical. I propose to pursue an anthropologically and bibliographically centered philology whose goal is to account for Celestina’s popularity in sixteenth-century Spain and, in a broader sense, for all Spanish Golden Age “best-sellers.”

Research Interests

  • Medieval and Early Modern Literature
  • Fernando de Rojas’s Celestina
  • Sixteenth-Century ‘Best-Selling’ Literature
  • Early Printed Books in Europe
  • Reception Theories and Readership
  • Medieval and Post-Modern Critical and Philosophical Thinking


“‘Y qué çena es ésta donde my pasyón porfía de mi llevar?’: Espiritualidad conversa y elogio del cristiano nuevo en el banquete de la salvación de Arboleda de los enfermos.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (forthcoming).

“The Likely Origins of The Boxer Codex: Martín de Rada and the Zhigong Tu.” Forthcoming, eHumanista 40 (2018): 117-133.


  • Spanish 3300 (Text & Interpretation)
  • Spanish 3030 (Cultural Conversations)
  • Spanish 3010 (Grammar and Composition I)
  • Spanish 2020 (Intermediate Spanish II)
  • Spanish 2010 (Intermediate Spanish)

Recent Presentations

“The Boxer Codex and the Chinese Zhigong Tu.” 45th Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies; June 18-20, 2018.
“The Hawk in the Maiden’s Garden: Patriarchy and Readership in Celestina’s Title Page Woodcuts.” Accepted for the RSA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 22–24 March, 2018.  Unable to attend.

“‘Llamad e será abierto a vosotros:’ El trasfondo converso de la exégesis de la cena del cordero en Arboleda de los enfermos, Teresa de Cartagena.” In-House conference. University of Virginia, May, 2016.
“The Construction of the Dominant’s Class Power Discourse Through Love and Gender Performance: Re-imagining the Serrana Woman in the Fifteenth-Century Cancioneros.” MIFLC. James Madison University, October 2016.

Grants & Awards

RBS-UVA Fellow, Rare Book School, 2018-2019
Buckner W. Clay Fellow, Summer Research Endowment, University of Virginia, 2018-2019
Del Greco Annual Essay Prize, University of Virginia, Spring 2018
Pine Tree Foundation Fellow
Charkles Gordon Reid Award
Battestin Fellow, the Bibliographical Society of UVA
Buice Scholarship Fund, Rare Book School
Grant recipient, “Cultural Histories of the Material World: Early Modern Books and Objects,” Folger Institute