Heather Bamford

Heather Bamford

Title:
Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature
Office:
518
Address: Phillips Hall
Phone: 202-994-6966
Email:
[email protected]

Heather Bamford studies and teaches the literatures and cultures of medieval and early modern Iberia. She earned her B.A. in Spanish at the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include manuscript culture, magic texts, the Moriscos, Digital Humanities, and theoretical approaches to the Middle Ages. Her first book, Cultures of the Fragment: Uses of the Iberian Manuscript, 1100–1600 (University of Toronto Press, 2018), places fragments at the center of reading and non-reading aspects of medieval and 16th-century use of manuscripts. The book challenges the notion that fragments came about accidentally, arguing that most fragments were created on purpose, as a result of a wide range of practical, intellectual and spiritual uses of manuscript material. Heather is at work on a new project tentatively titled Unprinted that examines the restricted or clandestine circulation of Morisco, magic and other manuscripts in the early modern period with attention to notions of temporality, authorship, and intention. Heather has been a member of the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions and is at work on a digital, interactive edition of the Libro de buen amor with Emily Francomano (Georgetown University and PI).

 
 

Publications

Cultures of the Fragment: Uses of the Iberian Manuscript, 1100–1600. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018.
 
With Alberto Montaner, Companion to Aljamiado Literature (in preparation, Brill).
 
“Fragment and Referent in Material Texts Identified as the Libro de buen amor.” La corónica 47.1 (2018): 9-36.
 
“Magic, Reading and Meaning in Early Modern Iberian Manuscript Text. eHumanista/Conversos 6 (Fall 2018): 403-418.
 
With Emily Francomano. “On “Digital-Medieval Manuscript Culture”: A Tentative Manifesto.” Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures 7.1 (Spring 2018): 29-45.
 
“Material Love: Manuscript Culture in Prison Amoureuse and Cárcel de Amor.” Philological Quarterly 96.3 (2017): 269-292. 
 
 “A Romance Kharja in Context.” Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 5.2 (2013): 69-183.  
 
“Presently Old: Time According to Three Early Modern Codices.” postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 4.3 (2013): 335-351.