Department of Languages, Linguistics & Comparative Literature

Frédéric Conrod
PhD, The University of Colorado at Boulder
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
      (French, Spanish)

Areas of Expertise
French Enlightment
Spanish Golden Age


Email: fconrod@fau.edu
Office phone: 561-297-3313

Frédéric Conrod is a native of the Paris area. He has pursued his education between the Université de la Sorbonne where he studied American civilization and literature, Allegheny College where he received his B.A. in Religious Studies, and the University of Colorado where he earned an M.A. in Spanish Peninsular Literature and a PhD in Comparative Literature. His area of expertise is the correspondence between the Spanish Golden Age and the French Enlightenment. His first book, Loyola's Greater Narrative: The Architecture of the Spiritual Exercises in Golden Age and Enlightenment Literature (Peter Lang: New York, 2008), deals with one dimension of this problematic: the repercussion of the Ignatian exercises on the rise of the novel, and particularly their direct consequences on the writings of the marquis de Sade. His recent edited volume Beyond Hate: Representations of the Parisian Banlieue in Recent French Film and Literature focuses on the potential dialogues between the French Enlightenment and the negotiation of identities in the Parisian banlieue in the films of a new generation of directors. In the summer of 2012, Conrod also published a novel of dialogues titled  El hijo de Hernándezadapted into a film and to be released in January 2013.
Dr. Frédéric Conrod is also the Director of the FAU-Madrid Summer Study-Abroad Program.

Conrod is one of the founding Editors of Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies.

He is also the vice president of the Early Modern Image &Text Society.



Peer Refereed Publications in Print:



“The Great Collector: Ribadeneira’s Hagiography of Ignatius Loyola as a 'Struggle Against Dispersion'." Hispanic Review. Volume 81, 1 (2013): 1-16. Print.


 “Imaginary Itineraries to the Catholic South: from Voltaire’s Iberian Desolation to Sade’s Inverted Rosary.” 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era. Volume 19 (2012):  277-294. Print.


"From the Roman Baroque to the Indian Jungle: Francis Xavier's Letters from Goa, or the Construction of a God." Laberinto: an Electronic Journal of Early Modern Hispanic Literatures and Culture. Volume 6 (2012): 84-114. Web.



“Castrating the Body of Police: Snapshots of an Impotent Institution in Almodóvar’s Early Films.” Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Volume 21, 1 (Spring 2012): 104-121. Print.



“Face-to-face with the Dying Priest: Dialogue between a Libertine and a Pope in Histoire de Juliette.” Literature and Theology. Volume 24, 4 (December 2010): 331-344. Print.


“La creación de un marco del adentro en los Desengaños Amorosos de María de Zayas.” Compostella Aurea. Volume 7 (2011): 165-170. Print.


“Exilios en Sentido Inverso: España como espacio fronterizo en Exils de Tony Gatlif (2005).” Quaderns de Filología. Volume 12 (2007): 195-209. Print.  


“Producción y Regeneración en Le Bonheur est dans le Pré de Etienne Chatiliez (1995).”  Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies. Volume 1 (2005): 110-124. Print.


“Cómo nacen los monstros: el Mundo en Loyola, Cervantes y Gracián.” Armas y Letras. Volume 49 (2005): 17-35. Print.


“Babel contra el Panóptico: una confrontación con Madrid en Doña Perfecta de Galdós.” Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies. Volume 2 (Fall 2004): 61-81. Print.


Cover of Loyola's Greater Narrative

Sole-Authored Books:


Loyola’s Greater Narrative: the Architecture of the Spiritual Exercises in Golden Age and Enlightenment Literature. American University Series: Romance Languages and Literatures, Volume 229. Peter Lang: New York, 2008. Print.





Edited Volumes:


Beyond Hate: Representations of the Parisian Banlieue in Recent French Film and Literature.  Special Issue: Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies, Volume 7 (2012). 161 pages.


Book Chapters:


“The Romantic Historian under Charles X: Evaluating Jesuit Restoration in Charles Laumier’s Résumé de l’Histoire des Jésuites.” Jesuit Survival and Restoration. Ed. Jonathan Wright. Leiden: Brill, 2014. (Forthcoming December 2014) Print.


“The Spiritual Exercises and Literature,” Brill’s Companion to Ignatius Loyola. Ed. Robert A. Maryks. Leiden: Brill, 2014. 266-281. Print.  


“Meditating Hell: an Image of Satan from Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises.” Death: the Case of the Hispanic Early Modern World. Eds. John Beusterien and Constance Cortez Minneapolis, MN: U. of Minnesota P., 2010. 89-105. Print.



“La Roma Española y sus resonancias jesuitas en dos Novelas Ejemplares.”  Novelas ejemplares: las grietas de la ejemplaridad. Ed. Julio Baena. Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2008. 251-264. Print.


“Working the Narration around the Hidden Confessions of the New Adam: The Case of Robinson Crusoe and The Purifying Novel.” Cultures of Confessions. Eds. Sylvie Mathé and Gilles Teullié. Aix-en-Provence: Presses Universitaires de Provence, 2006. 260-268. Print.


Book Reviews:


Barnard, Mary and Frederick de Armas, Eds. Objects of Culture in Imperial Spain. Toronto: U. of Toronto P. (2013). Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies. Volume 14, 2 (June 2013): 218-219. Print.


Carreño-Rodríguez, Antonio. Alegorías del poder: crisis imperial y comedia nueva (1598-1659). Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2009. Hispanic Review, Volume 79, 2 (Spring 2011): 327-330. Print.


Taylor, Scott. K. Honor and Violence in Golden Age Spain. New Haven: Yale U. P., 2008. Hispania. Volume 92, 3 (Fall 2009): 508-509. Print.


De Armas, Frederick. Quixotic Frescoes: The Italian Renaissance in Cervantes.  Toronto: U. of Toronto P., 2007. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Volume 42, 1. (Spring 2008): 185-186. Print.


Reference Volumes:


“Voltaire and the Bible.” Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, (Forthcoming) 2015.


“Marquis de Sade: Justine.” Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. Vol. 263. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Detroit: Gale, 2013. 281-345.


“Marquis de Sade: Juliette.” Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. Vol. 271. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Detroit: Gale, 2013. 235-341.


Published Fiction:



Novel: El hijo de Hernández. Madrid, Spain : Ediciones Antigona, 2012. 95 pages. Print.


Short Story: “Les vrais juifs.” The World’s Muse: A Journal of Creative Writing in World Languages. Volume 5, 2. (Fall 2007): 2-8. Print.


Essay: “Paroles de déracinés.” Cher Pays de mon Enfance. Paris: Radio France Editions, 2005. 112-113. Print.

Courses currently being taught:

Introduction to Comparative Literature
Sade and Sadism
Paris: Maps and Margins
Baroque: A Comparative Approach
French Theories from the 1960s/1970s

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