Leonor Taiano Campoverde

Assistant Professor of Spanish


Ph.D. Spanish, University of Notre Dame (USA)

Ph.D. Humanities and Social Sciences (Spanish-Comparative Literature), University of Tromsø  (Norway)

M.A. Spanish Language and Culture, Pontifical University of Salamanca (Spain) 

M.A. Language, Literature and Intercultural Dynamics of the Euro-American Area, University of Rome 3 (Italy) 

B.A.  Languages and Modern Cultures (‘Philology and Literature’), University of Calabria  (Italy)


Leonor Taiano’s work is focused on two aspects of Early Modern Spanish literary culture that are two sides of the same coin. On one hand, she studies how the concept of endless empire (Imperium sine fine) promotes an ideology that leads to the practice of domination at the expense of justice and equality. On the other hand, her research is also focused on the counter-ideology of the subordinate groups, complex belief systems specifically rooted in these groups’ social conditions of life. Relying on a thorough understanding of the role of imperial ideology, she asserts that the nexus between feudalism and a global economic system created the kind of social identity ideally suited for Hispanic elites. Therefore, in her research, she provides a comprehensive explanation of the unspoken politico-cultural compromises between the Crown, its servants, and local elites. Her publications include several articles, book chapters and books about Infortunios de Alonso Ramírez, Raveneau de Lussan’s Journal du Voyage Fait à la Mer du Sud avec les Flibustiers de l’Amérique en 1684, the « Epinicios Gratulatorios al conde de Galve », Trofeo de la Justicia Española, Vida de Gerónimo de Figueroa, Geroglífico Sagrado, Patrocinio de María, among others.