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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Professor Rodrigo Cacho

Rodrigo Cacho
Professor of Early Modern Iberian and Latin American Literature
Spanish & Portuguese
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
(+44) (0)1223 333260

Clare College
Trinity Lane
United Kingdom


Rodrigo Cacho studied Spanish and Italian at the University of Santiago de Compostela, where he was awarded a PhD in Hispanic literature. He was Teaching Fellow at the University of St Andrews and Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia before joining the University of Cambridge in 2006. He has been the recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize, as well as been awarded research grants and fellowships funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the Newton Trust, the British Academy and I Tatti-The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.   


Rodrigo welcomes applications from PhD students working on early modern literatures and cultures as well as colonial studies.


Research interests: 

Rodrigo’s research focuses on Renaissance and Baroque cultures and Spanish American colonial literature. His scholarship has been concerned with literary genres such as burlesque and epic poetry, and the works of Francisco de Quevedo. It also treats aspects related to the transmission of culture in the early modern period, including interdisciplinary approaches such as theory of painting and the art of memory. These last are studied particularly in his monograph La esfera del ingenio: las silvas de Quevedo y la tradición europea (2012). The relationship between art and literature is another area of his research, with a particular interest in painters such as Diego Velázquez and Juan de Valdés Leal. He also works on colonial poetry, especially on the emergence of literary communities in the New World. He has recently co-edited a volume on this subject The Rise of Spanish American Poetry, 1500-1700: Literary and Cultural Transmission in the New World (2019).

Published works: 

The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Early Modern Spanish Literature and Culture edited with Caroline Egan. London: Routledge, 2022

The Rise of Spanish American Poetry, 1500-1700: Literary and Cultural Transmission in the New World. Cambridge: Legenda, 2019 (In collaboration with Imogen Choi)

‘Writing in the New World: Spanish American Poetics and the Literary Canon’, in The Places of Early Modern Criticism. Eds. Gavin Alexander, Emma Gilby and Alexander Marr, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, forthcoming

‘Bernardo de la Vega y los poetas perdidos del Nuevo Mundo’, Hispanic Review 87.1 (2019): 1-26

 ‘Carta que un amigo escribe a otro: relación poética inédita de la dedicación de la iglesia jesuítica de San Pablo (Lima, 1638)’, Nueva Revista de Filología Hispánica 64.1 (2016): 27-89

 ‘Balbuena’s Grandeza mexicana and the American Georgic’, Colonial Latin American Review 24.2 (2015): 190-214

‘Dialectic Spaces: Poetry and Architecture in Balbuena’s Grandeza mexicana’, in Artifice and Invention in the Spanish Golden Age. Eds. Stephen Boyd and Terence O’Reilly, Oxford: Legenda, 2014, pp. 148-60

 Los géneros poéticos del Siglo de Oro: centros y periferias. Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2013 (In collaboration with Anne Holloway)

La esfera del ingenio: las silvas de Quevedo y la tradición europea. Madrid, Biblioteca Nueva, 2012

‘The Memory of Ruins: Quevedo’s Silva to Roma antigua y moderna.’ Renaissance Quarterly 62.4 (2009): 1167-1203

La poesía burlesca de Quevedo y sus modelos italianos. Santiago de Compostela: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 2003

Dante y Quevedo: la ‘Divina Commedia’ en los ‘Sueños’. Manchester: Manchester Spanish and Portuguese Studies, 2003