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Maria Dolores Morillo Lopez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Spanish)

Office: Peters Business Building, Room 435 
Phone: (559) 278-6122 | FAX: (559) 278-7878


Professor María Dolores Morillo López was born in Sevilla, Spain. She graduated from the Universidad de Sevilla with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She then moved to the United States and received her Master of Arts in Spanish from Ohio University. She has a PhD from Columbia University, where she wrote her dissertation on Cervantes's full-length plays and interludes under the supervision of Prof. Alban Forcione.  Prof. Morillo López has published several articles on Cervantes's interludes and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz's plays.  She is currently working on a project about travelling women and pícaras (female rogues) in Early modern Spain’s novels and novellas. 

Before coming to Fresno State, Professor Morillo López was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she also served as coordinator of two Upper level courses. She has extensive experience teaching Spain’s Early Modern cultural production.



Ph.D. in Spanish, Columbia University

Dissertation: “Anomalías dramáticas en el teatro de Miguel de Cervantes.” 

M.Phil. in Spanish, Columbia University

M. Phil Thesis: “Los vértices del triángulo vital de Fermín de Pas: sexo, poder y religión en La Regenta.” 

M.A. in Spanish, Ohio University

B.A. in English, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)

Teaching Experience

California State University, Fresno

Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Assistant Professor of Spanish


Courses taught since 2016:

Spanish Composition (SPAN 121A)

The Golden Age (SPAN 249)


The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Senior Lecturer

Courses taught from 2007-2016:


“Golden Age Comedia” (SPAN 460)

“The Picaresque novel” (SPAN 458)

“Reading Through a (Post)Modern Lens: Twentieth-century and Contemporary Film Adaptations of Early Modern Spanish Culture” (SPAN 373)

“Of liars, beggars and meddlers: Fictions of Engaño and Desengaño in 16th-17th century Spain” (SPAN 373)

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Female Representations in Imperial Spain” (SPAN 373)

“Survey of Spanish Literature I: from al-Andalus to Imperial Spain” (SPAN 371)

“Literature and the Other Arts” (SPAN 368)

“Early/Modern Spanish Culture” (SPAN 349)

“Introduction to Hispanic Literatures” (SPAN 295)

“Conversation Through Spanish and Latin American Cinema” (SPAN 280)

“Reading, Grammar, and Composition” (SPAN 277)

“Intermediate Spanish” (SPAN 232)

“Elementary Spanish” (SPAN 101, SPAN 102)

“Intensive Elementary Spanish” (SPAN 100)


Columbia University

Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures (formerly known as Department of Spanish and Portuguese)

Teaching Fellow

Courses taught from 1999-2007

“Hispanic Cultures I: From Islamic Spain to the Colonial Age”

“Latin American Humanities I: from the Colonial period to Modernismo

“Intermediate Spanish” (I and II)

“Intermediate Spanish Conversation I”

“Elementary Spanish” (I and II)

“Elementary Spanish Conversation” (I and III)



“El engaño como mecanismo de subversión de la verosimilitud en El viejo celoso.”  Anuario de Estudios Cervantinos IV (2008): 201-214.

Luces de bohemia.” In Encyclopedia of Modern Drama.  New York: Columbia U. P., 2005.

“El Sainete Segundo de Sor Juana: el Festejo como pre-texto para hacer teatro.” Theatralia 6 (2004): 111-122.

“El Retablo de las maravillas: ver para hacer creer.” Cuadernos Cervantes 45 (2003): 26-31.


Conferences and Invited Lectures

“Women on the loose: travelling, pícaras and (im)morality in the picaresque novel.”  GEMELA Panel: “Never at Home: Footloose Women in the Early Modern Hispanic World.”  Conference: Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA), May 1-3, 2015, Toronto, Ontario (Canada).

“The Famously Infamous Playwright: the Cervantine Anomaly.” Conference: Famous/Infamous: Exploring Reputation in Early Modern Spain. March 21st, 2015, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

“‘Entre veras y burlas’: el vaivén retórico entre lo verdadero y lo verosímil en El viejo celoso deMiguel de Cervantes.” Cervantes Society Panel at SAMLA conference. November 4-6, 2011, Atlanta, (GA).

“The Warm-up: a Greatly Overlooked Activity.” Presented at the Comprehensive Studies Program Instructors’ Workshops Series. February 2010, The University of Michigan,Ann Arbor.

“Anomalías dramáticas: el teatro de Cervantes y la (a)representación.” Invited lecture at Prof. Enrique García Santo-Tomás’s Graduate Seminar on Cervantes at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.  November 2008, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

“Cervantes dramaturgo: entre el Quijote y las tablas.” Invited lecture at Mt. Holyoke College.November 2006, South Hadley, MA.

Discussant at panel entitled “Subverting Patriarchy” at Power/Poder in Latin American and Iberian Literature and Film. 11th Annual NYU-Columbia University Graduate Student Conference.  April 2002, Columbia University, NY.

“El cuerpo de la mujer por dentro y por fuera en los Sueños y discursos de Francisco de Quevedo.” Patologías. 10th Annual NYU-Columbia University Graduate Student Conference.April 2001, NYU, NY.