Programs in graduate studies

We offer a Master of Arts program with two streams, Hispanic Studies and Hispanic and Italian Studies.  A thesis and a non-thesis option is available in both programs.

The Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies covers the fields of Peninsular Spanish and/or Latin American Studies, ranging from the medieval to the modern periods in a variety of fields corresponding to the interests of the candidate and the research specialties of Faculty members.

The Master of Arts in Hispanic and Italian Studies permits the candidate to fully utilize the cross-disciplinary resources of the department, particularly with regard to the rich cultural interactions between Spain and Italy in the Medieval and Renaissance periods and beyond.

We offer a doctorate in Hispanic Studies by special arrangement based on student interest and faculty expertise.  To apply, students should consult the section on programs by special arrangement (SPARR) of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Small seminar classes and individual project supervision are hallmarks of our program.  Complete information regarding program options, requirements, financial support and course offerings is found in the UVic Graduate Calendar.

Fields of expertise

  • Latin American Literature:
    • Colonial
    • 19th Century
    • Modern
  • Spanish Literature:
    • Medieval
    • Golden Age
    • Modern
  • Italian Literature:
    • Medieval
    • Renaissance
  • Arts and Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • Humor Studies
  • Religion and Literature


Applications are completed online

Deadline: August 1st

Prerequisite:  BA (B+ overall average or A- minimum average in final year)
Applicants must also meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Additional documents for admission:

  • Statement of Intent
  • Sample of written work

Learn about Writing a Thesis (check out the Thesis Writing Starter Kit)

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About Victoria

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  • Joseph Barzetti (MA)
  • Fernando Guadarrama Gómez (PhD):  Sor Juana's Primero sueño
  • Behdis Mokhtarmaleki (MA):  Literature of golden age and/or modern (20th Century) literature
  • Janice Shewey (PhD):  The love sonnet in the Hispanic Baroque
  • Angie Reamer (PhD):  Sor Juana and her impact on contemporary Mexican literature
  • Estelle Kurier (PhD): Dante and Sor Juana
  • María Paz Lundin (MA):  Sor Juana´s Neptuno alergórico
  • Rosendo Escobedo (MA):  Satirical science fiction in Syzigias y quadraturas lunares by Manuel Antonio de Rivas
  • Fernando Guadarrama Gómez:  Luis de Sandoval Zapata:  Poesía y Libertad (2015)
  • Teboho Makalima:  Schadenfreude and the Don Juan Archetype in the Theatrical Works of Seventeenth-Century Spain (2015)
  • Fiorella Moccia:  Petrarch's Correction of Dante's Journey to God (2015)
  • Philip Davidson:  Don Quixote de Loyola:  Cervantes' Reputed Parody of the Founder of the Society of Jesus (2014)
  • Stephen Cruikshank: Cuba and the Neobaroque: Twentieth Century Reformations of Cuban Identity (2013)
  • Ximena Armstrong: Sor Catalina de Jesús María Herrera: visionaria teresiana de Quito Colonial, Siglo XVIII (2012)
  • Monica Wappel: Indigenismo y feminismo en Aves sin nido (2011)
  • Manuel Campirano Sánchez: Las trampas de la ambiguedad: La narración neobarroca en Casa de campo, de José Donoso (2010)
  • Daniela Dima: Bodas de sangre; Lorca (2010)
  • Emily Pearson: La historia enigmática de la adivinanza:  El origen del enigma en España y sus primeras manifestaciones literarias (2010)
  • Janice Shewey: Hacia el dinamismo, la creatividad y la feminización de la divinidad:  Los villancicos asuncionistas de sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (2010)
  • Susa Oñate: Una lectura feminista de Semejante a la noche de Alejo Carpentier (2008)
  • Emily Braden: Así me gustas gordita: representaciones de la gordura en la música popular y la literatura del Caribe hispano (2007).
  • Barbara Fraser: El doble momento: la visión moral de la historia en 'La casa de los espíritus' de Isabel Allende (2007)
  • Estelle Kurier: Decameron on Unchaste Widows in Bandello and Lope de Vega (2007)
  • Xavier Gamboa: La Quijotita y su Prima de Fernández de Lizardi:  manual y  novela de formación femenina novohispana (2006)
  • Alicia Ulysses: Lamentación de Dido:  Rosario Castellanos' Quest for a Feminine Voice (2006)
  • Angie Graciela Whiting:  An Inversion of a Fairytale in Elena Garro's Un corazón en un bote de basura (2006)
  • Teboho Makalima:  " 'It's funny because it's [crude]': humour theory and 'donjuanismo' on the Spanish stage of the seventeenth century."  Humaniaties Education and Research Association (H.E.R.A.).  Theme: 'Beyond the Binary': San Francisco, CA, April 8-11, 2015.
  • Teboho Makalima: " 'Love is in the err(ant)': schadenfreude and the figure of Don Juan in the theatrical works of early modern and modern Europe."  Humanities Education and Research Association (, Theme: 'Humane, Inhumane, Human'; Washington, D.C., February 27-March 1, 2014.