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Juan-Carlos Conde

BA PhD Madrid, MA Oxf
Spanish literature


Dr Juan-Carlos Conde was born and raised in Madrid. He got his Licenciatura (MA, 1985) in Spanish Philology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where he was fortunate enough to be taught by Diego Catalán, Rafael Lapesa, Julio Rodríguez Puértolas, Antonio García Berrio, Carlos Piera and Domingo Ynduráin, among others. He was determined to do doctoral work on Spanish Golden Age literature, but ended up (for reasons still not entirely clear to himself) doing a Tesis Doctoral (DPhil Thesis, 1994) on a medieval topic (a critical edition, with a substantial study, of Pablo de Santa María’s Siete edades del mundo).

In 1985 Juan-Carlos started his professional career as a lexicographer at the Real Academia Española, where he was a member of the Seminario de Lexicografía until 1993. After that, he was in charge of different projects in the field of digital humanities (such as CORDE - Corpus Diacrónico del Español - and Nuevo Tesoro Lexicográfico de la Lengua Española). In 1996 he was appointed Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. In 2001 he accepted a post as Associate Professor of Medieval Spanish Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is now a Faculty Lecturer in Medieval Spanish Literature at Oxford, and a Fellow of Magdalen College.


Juan-Carlos teaches the whole preliminary course in Spanish (both language and literature, from medieval ballads to 21st century Latin American novel), but his favourite teaching areas are Spanish Medieval Literature and Spanish Philology. He also teaches MSt Special Subjects related to medieval Spanish literature and to the History of the Spanish Language, and the MSt methodological options “Palaeography and Textual Criticism” and “History of the Book” to Spanish students.

Research Interests

Medieval Spanish Literature, with a preference for 15th-century texts and authors.

Juan-Carlos's research is always grounded on historical and philological principles, and he always tries to discover the meaning of the medieval texts for those who read them when they were written, in that specific set of cultural, historical and intellectual circumstances. He also has a strong research interest in the materiality of the texts, both manuscript and printed, and has published on these topics as well. His philological interests and past professional exercise as a lexicographer explain his interest for the history of the lexis of Spanish and, overall, for historical linguistics. He has occasionally published on Golden Age texts and authors.

For further information, please visit his Faculty web profile.