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Hilaire Kallendorf

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Areas of Speciality
  • Religious Studies
  • Hispanic Studies
  • (979) 845-2124
  • ACAD 302C


Hilaire Kallendorf is Professor of Hispanic and Religious Studies and a Cornerstone Faculty Fellow in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. She was awarded the $50,000 Hiett Prize in the Humanities, along with numerous other grants. Her research and teaching deal with many aspects of religious experience, especially as belief relates to literature and culture. She is the author of four academic monographs, Exorcism and Its Texts: Subjectivity in Early Modern Literature of England and Spain (University of Toronto Press, 2003); Conscience on Stage: The Comedia as Casuistry in Early Modern Spain (University of Toronto Press, 2007); Sins of the Fathers: Moral Economies in Early Modern Spain (University of Toronto Press, 2013); and Ambiguous Antidotes: Virtue as Vaccine for Vice in Early Modern Spain (University of Toronto Press, 2017).

She is general editor of A New Companion to Hispanic Mysticism (Leiden: Brill, 2010), which won the 2011 Bainton Book Prize for Reference Works from the Sixteenth Century Society, as well as A Companion to Early Modern Hispanic Theater (Brill, 2014). She translated Spanish Baroque poet Francisco de Quevedo’s Silvas into English (Lima, Peru: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, 2011). With her father, a celebrity tennis player, she wrote a memoir, Acing Depression: A Tennis Champion’s Toughest Match (Washington, D.C.: New Chapter Press, 2010). Her collected essays on religion and literature have recently appeared in Spanish translation as La retórica del exorcismo: ensayos sobre religión y literatura (Iberoamericana, 2016).

Research Interests

  • Spanish Golden Age
  • Religious Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Renaissance Cultural Studies