Yoel Castillo Botello
Yoel Castillo Botello holds a PhD in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies from Georgetown University. His dissertation, entitled Toward a Poetics of Cancionero Performance: Cultures of the Book from Trastamaran to Imperial Spain, examines textual performance in the Spanish songbook traditions of the fifteenth and the sixteenth centuries. In particular, it studies how Spanish authors, editors, printers and readers engaged in a continuum of performative practices that redefined notions of literature and literary aesthetics, authoritative agency the book at the dawn of modernity. His scholarly interests include medieval and early modern performance, book studies, Judeoconverso narratives and the digital humanities. Professor Botello’s recent research projects focus on early modern reading networks and the rise of Castilian as an imperial language, and music and musical forms in social satire as sources of political commentary and dissent in the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries.