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Hazel GoldAssociate Professor of Spanish


Hazel Gold received her B.A. in Spanish summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to coming to Emory, she taught at Columbia University and Northwestern University.

In addition to her appointment in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese she is a core faculty member of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and an associated faculty member of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (MESAS).  Her research and teaching interests center on 19th-21st century Spanish peninsular literature and culture; narrative theory; the urban imaginary in literature and film; Ladino language and Sephardic and Latin American Jewish studies. 

In addition to numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections, she is the author of The Reframing of Realism: Galdós and the Discourses of the Nineteenth-Century Spanish Novel (Duke UP) and a soon to be completed manuscript  on the poetics and politics of modern Spanish epistolary discourse.

At Emory she has served multiple terms as Chair and DGS of Spanish as well as interim Chair and DUS of Jewish Studies.  She has held numerous elected offices in the profession, including: President, Asociación Internacional de Galdosistas; MLA Division on 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish Literature; and currently Vice President, Sociedad de Literatura Española del Siglo XIX.  She has also served on the PMLA Advisory Committee and is a past recipient of an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship. 

Scholarly Interests

  • Peninsular Spanish literature and culture of the modern and contemporary period: the politics of nationalism and nationhood, late 18th to 21st centuries
  • Sephardic studies: Jewish identity, language, and culture in Spain and the Hispanophone diaspora
  • Human rights (theoretical foundations, legal and cultural discourses)
  • Memory studies (cognitive and cultural memory)