Faculty Profile


Prof. Carlos Miguel-Pueyo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish
Arts and Sciences, ASB 256




Ph.D. -- (Sobresaliente cum laude) Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain).
Ph.D. -- University of Illinois at Chicago.
B.A. -- (5-year) “Licenciatura en Filosofía y Letras, Literatura española”, Universidad de Zaragoza.

Professor Miguel-Pueyo's CV

Prof. Miguel-Pueyo 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.

Professor Miguel-Pueyo 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.