Heather Bamford

Heather Bamford

Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature
Address: Phillips Hall
Phone: 202-994-6966


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, fragmentary texts, Andalusian poetry, the Moriscos and theoretical approaches to the Middle Ages. Her book, Cultures of the Fragment: Uses of the Iberian Manuscript, 1100–1600, forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press, places fragments at the center of reading and non-reading aspects of medieval and 16th-century use of manuscripts. She 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 clandestine circulation of Morisco, magic and other manuscripts in the early modern period. She is a member of the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions and has begun work on a digital, interactive edition of the Libro de buen amor with Emily Francomano (Georgetown University and PI).


Selected publications:
Cultures of the Fragment: Uses of the Iberian Manuscript, 1100–1600 (forthcoming, University of Toronto Press).
With Alberto Montaner, Companion to Aljamiado Literature (in preparation, Brill).
  •     “A Romance Kharja in Context.” Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 5.2 (2013): 169-183.      
  •     “Presently Old: Time According to Three Early Modern Codices.” Postmedieval 4.3 (2013): 335-351. 
  •     “Ruins in Motion.” Postmedieval 4.2 (2013): 192-204.
  •     “Manuscript and Philology as Curatorial Practice in the ‘Memoria de los Moriscos.
  •    ’” Review Essay of “Memoria de los Moriscos: Escritos y relatos de una diáspora cultural.
  •     ” Curated by Alfredo Mateos Paramio and José Jiménez Lozano. Madrid: Biblioteca Nacional, 17 June-26 September 2010. La corónica 41.2 (2013).
  •      “Fragment as Phenomenon and Philological Subject: Two Cases of Chivalric Binding Fragments.” La corónica 39.2 (2011): 29-60.