Dept. Foreign Languages & Literatures
East Carolina University Mailstop #556
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
PhD in Spanish, University of Washington
MA in Spanish, University of Washington
Michael Schinasi has received grants for extended periods of study in Spain from the US-Spanish Joint Commission, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Fulbright Spain. He was most recently a Fulbright Senior Researcher in Spain. His books include an edition of the poems of the nineteenth century literary figure Ventura de la Vega, which publishes for the first time a large number of poems found in manuscript form. He is also the author of Ventura de la Vega and El hombre de mundo: At the Threshold of the Realist Period in Spain (Fall 2014, Editorial Academia del Hispanismo), a historical study of the contributions to literary history and ideological limitations of a play that cultural critics have considered Spain's prototypical nineteenth century bourgeois comedy.
His current interests include an ongoing study of the creation of a national theater in mid-nineteenth century Spain and a study on the origins of the historic Café del Príncipe in the eighteenth century and its relation to Spanish theater. His teaching interests include the social and historical study of literature, especially a survey of eighteenth and nineteenth century literature for undergraduate students and the history of nineteenth-century theater for undergraduate and graduate students. He is the founder of ECU's beginning language distance education courses in Spanish, supported by a grant from the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.
- Ventura de la Vega and El hombre de mundo: At the Threshold of the Realist Period in Spain (Editorial Academia del Hispanismo, Fall 2014)
- Ventura de la Vega, Poemas, ed., intro. and notes by Michael Schinasi (Salamanca: Grupo de Estudios del Siglo XVIII-Universidad de Salamanca, 2005) Reviewed in Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 84 (2007), 1080.
- "Conmemorando a Cervantes: Ventura de la Vega y la apropiación de Cervantes en el siglo XIX," Anuario de estudios cervantinos 3 (2007), 133-142.
- "The Theater Repression in Córdoba, 1694-1834," Dieciocho 18 (1995), 157-73.
- "Two Documents for the History of the Spanish Theater in the Period of the Gobierno Intruso," Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 68 (1991), 211-19.
- "The History and Ideology of Calderón's Reception in Mid Nineteenth Century Spain," Neophilologus 70 (1986), 381-98; rpt. in Segismundo 41-42 (1985), 127-49.