Dr. Atienza received a B.A. from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1993 and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1995 and 2000, respectively. She has been at Clark since 2003.
Current Research and Teaching
Dr. Atienza is currently working on a book tentatively titled Cervantes and the Chameleon: The Story of Shame in Early Modern Spain. While shame is often seen in contemporary culture as simply a painful emotion or even a psychological disorder, in this study she argues that Cervantes’ vision of shame is more complex and closely linked to his nuanced understanding of issues in early modern Spain such as identity, hybridity, secrecy, and the problematic position of excluded minorities such as conversos. She is especially interested in the literary representations of marginal groups—the poor, the ill, the outcast—as well as the conditions in which they lived. Her other research interests include gender and women’s studies, history of theater, pedagogy, and cinema.
Dr. Atienza teaches courses in Spanish language as well as advanced undergraduate courses on Early Modern Spanish literature and history. These courses include the history of madness and the carnivalesque, the Spanish inquisition, the history of gender in the Hispanic World—Spain, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
2011. Atienza, Belén. "Hibridez, contaminación y pureza en El licenciado Vidriera." Included in a volume entitled Hybridity in Spanish Literature ed. by María Tajes, Emily Knudson-Vilaseca and Maureen Tobin Stanley (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle, UK, 2011: 21-45). This article is an extended version of the 2008 article published at CEIR.
2009. Atienza, Belén. El loco en el espejo. Locura y melancolía en la España de Lope de Vega (Rodopi: New York and Amsterdam, 2009).
2009. Atienza, Belén. "Arte y privanza en La quinta de Florencia" de Lope de Vega." Bulletin of the Comediantes, vol. 61, number 2, 2009: 1-18.
2008. Atienza, Belén. "Hibridez y vergüenza en El licenciado Vidriera." CEIR, Clínica e Investigación Relacional. Vol. 2. October 2008: 358-378. Article published at the journal of the Spanish Chapter of the International Association for Psychoanalysis.
2005. Atienza, Belén. "El juez, el relojero, y el dramaturgo: justicia y lectura como ciencias inexactas en El juez de los divorcios de Cervantes." Bulletin of the Comediantes 56 (2005): 193-217.