Rebecca Haidt

Professor Iberian Studies

Rebecca Haidt trained in Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. She has taught at The Ohio State University since 1992. Her research covers a range of topics in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Spanish cultural studies.  Areas of inquiry include body, gender, urban imaginaries, early photography, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century visual cultures, urban studies, material culture, costume and clothing histories, costumbrismo, popular theatre, narrative, exchange networks, and print cultures. She is on the advisory and editorial boards of Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Decimonónica, Dieciocho, and Studies in Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century.  Her three books are Embodying Enlightenment: Knowing the Body in Eighteenth-Century Spanish Literature and Culture (St. Martin's Press, 1998; winner of the MLA's Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize); Seduction and Sacrilege:  Rhetorical Power in Fray Gerundio de Campazas (Bucknell University Press, 2002): and Women, work and clothing in eighteenth-century Spain (The Voltaire  Foundation-University of Oxford, 2012). Currently she is working on three book projects: a study of early nineteenth century urban visual cultures; a study of majos; and a translation of nineteenth-century poetry, with a critical introduction and notes.

Areas of Expertise
  • Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Studies
  • Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Spain
  • Visual and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 1992
  • A.M., Washington University in St. Louis, 1989
  • A.B., Washington University in St. Louis, cum laude, 1983

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