came to Valpo in 2005, and over these years he has taught all levels of Spanish
courses. He enjoys very much teaching all kinds of courses, on language,
literature, culture, and civilization. He also values the opportunities that
the university gives faculty to work on other areas, as important in education
as academics, such as diversity, equality, and human respect.
likes to write about Spanish literature from Golden Age to the 20th-century,
seeing how the poetic language has changed according to the perception of
times. Particularly, he is very interested in the shared expressive ways of
literature, and the arts, especially, painting, music, and architecture. Some
of his major interests are comparative literature(s), transatlantic studies, and
the presence and voice of Nature in the literary text.
Prof. Miguel-Pueyo has
dedicated his two Doctoral dissertations to the first Modern poet in Spanish
language, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (1836-1870). In the first one, published as a
book with the title El color del
romanticismo: en busca de un arte total (New York: Peter Lang, 2009), he
studied the meaning of the use of the “blue” color in a comparative study of
Bécquer and the German Romantic author Novalis. In his second dissertation,
completed at the Universidad de Zaragoza, and graded Sobresaliente cum laude,
had the title “Oyendo a Bécquer: el “color” de la música del poeta romántico”.
This study focused on the color of the music that the poetic text of the Romantic
poet suggests. Following a comparative approach, also between Bécquer and
Novalis, in this occasion, Prof. Miguel-Pueyo proposes a psychological
phenomenon that takes place while listening to music, and that presents great
similarities with the multidimensional experience that the reader of Romantic
authors experiences. After this study, two books are being completed: one
examining Bécquer’s prose (Oyendo a
Bécquer: el “color” de la música en su prosa), and another one focusing in
his poetry (Una poética musical para
Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer).
His other publications have focused on authors
like Baltasar Gracián, Cervantes, Lorca, Rubén Darío, and mainly Bécquer, as
the beginner of a new poetry in Spanish. In the near future, Prof. Miguel-Pueyo
intends to continue studying how the “modernity” that Bécquer introduced has
developed and changed its “identity” through the 20th-century, both
in Europe and America.