Prof Carl Wise

Carl Wise

Associate Professor of Spanish


Ph.D., Romance Languages, University of Georgia

M.A., Spanish Literature, University of Georgia

B.A., English and Spanish, Birmingham-Southern College 

Research Interests

My research investigates transatlantic perspectives in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century   Spanish literature, and how Spain’s imperial expansion influenced concepts of geography, space, and language. Specifically, I analyze how Spanish theater and epic poetry responded to the physical and day-to-day operations of Atlantic colonialism, such as the transmission of documents, the maritime activities of port cities and the Indies Fleet, and disruption of Spanish trade routes due to piracy.

Courses Taught

 Spanish Empire, Seventeenth-Century Spanish Theater, Early Modern Spain



“The Atlantic Metropolis: Ships and Seafarers in Lope de Vega’s El Arenal de Sevilla.” Bulletin of the

Comediantes, 2021, vol. 73, no. 1, pp 33-49.

 “Imperial Geographies: Poetics of the Atlantic in Juan Ruiz de Alarcón’s El semejante a sí mismo”

Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 2019, vol. 96, no. 9, pp. 1525-1540.

 “América desencuadernada por Lope de Vega: Texto y escritura en El nuevo mundo descubierto por

Cristóbal Colón.Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 2015, vol. 92, no. 2, pp. 121-36.

 “Eclipsed Autonomy: Celestial Images and the Free Will Debate in Antonio Mira de Amescua’s Álvaro

de Luna Plays.” Bulletin of the Comediantes, 2014, vol. 66, no. 2, pp. 109-122.

 “Playing the Crowd: Interpretive History and Audience Participation in Lope de Vega’s La inocente

sangre.” Hispanófila, 2014, vol. 172, pp. 41-54.

Wise, Carl Austin and David Wheat. “African Laborers for a New Empire: Iberia, Slavery, and the

Atlantic World.” Lowcountry Digital History Initiative. Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Charleston, 2014.