Anthony Grubbs
(517) 355-8350

B304 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyRomance and Classical Studies

Associate Professor
Department Chairperson


Curriculum Vitae


Anthony Grubbs is the Department Chairperson and an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. He is also Director of the MSU Translation Center that offers translation and interpretation services to MSU and Michigan communities. Grubbs authored The Playwright’s Perspective: Innovative Dramaturgy and Its Poetics in Early Modern Spain (ISBN 1-93194-895-1); reviewed in Comedia Performance 9 (2012): 315-17. His research on early modern theater and culture has also been published in such journals as the Bulletin of the Comediantes, Hispanófila, Calíope, Comedia Performance, and Catalan Review, to name a few.

Grubbs is currently working on a monograph-length study of the dramatic representations and visual culture associated with Saint Christopher in early and early modern Iberia. His critical edition of Vida y muerte de San Cristóbal (ISBN 0866986294) by Juan de Benavides was published in 2020; his edition of Juan de la Cueva’s El infamador ISBN 1589770587) came out in 2008.

Additionally, Grubbs is a member of the Translation Lab, a cross-disciplinary group of scholars and translators that focus on translating and adapting early modern Spanish theater for the contemporary stage. He serves of the Board of Directors of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater. Grubbs spends his free time cooking, skiing, and traveling with his family and friends.

Degree: PhD Hispanic Literature, Indiana University, 2005

Research Interests: Early Modern Spanish Literature and Culture; Hagiography; Performance Theory; Theater History


Benavides, Juan de. Vida y muerte de San Cristóbal (c. 1600). Tempe, AZ: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies. Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University, 2020. (ISBN 0866986294)

The Playwright’s Perspective: Innovative Dramaturgy and Its Poetics in Early Modern Spain. New Orleans: UP of the South, 2010. (ISBN 1-93194-895-1). Reviewed in Comedia Performance 9 (2012): 315-17.

Cueva, Juan de la. El infamador. Cervantes and Company. No. 38. Newark (DE): Cuesta European Masterpieces, 2008. (ISBN 1-58977-058-4)

“On the Path to Oblivion: The Pilgrims’ Declining Role in the St. Christopher Plays of Early and Early Modern Spain” Romance Quarterly 64.2 (2017): 1-8.

“Saintly Relics, Solidarity, and Sidetracking in the First Published Asturian Ballad.” Calíope: Journal for the Society of Renaissance & Baroque Hispanic Poetry. 19.2 (2014): 71-88.

“The Varied Reception and Response of the Inquisition to Two Saint Christopher Comedias in 1640s Seville.” LATCH: A Journal for the Study of the Literary Artifact in Theory Culture and History 7 (2014): 1-19. Online.

“Different Beginnings and the Same Ends: The Unique Introits of Torres Naharro’s Comedia Tinellaria and Comedia Soldadesca.” Bulletin of the Comediantes. 63.2 (2011): 1-13.

“Woman to Woman: Performing Relationships in Friendship Betrayed.” Comedia Performance 5.1 (2008): 83-107.

“Major Change in ‘Minor’ Theater: Luis Quiñones de Benavente’s Dramatization of Dramatic Theory and its Effects on the Interlude in Early Modern Spain.” Hispanófila 151 (2007): 1-20.

“Setting Sail on As barcas: An Exploration of the Compatibility of Propaganda and the Carnivalesque in Three of Gil Vicente’s Religious Plays.” MIFLC Review. 13 (2006-07): 69-80.

“Theatrical Representations of Saint Christopher throughout the Crown of Aragon during the Middle Ages.” Catalan Review 20.1 (2006): 273-89.

“The Dramatization of the Arte nuevo: Revisiting Lo fingido verdadero.” Bulletin of the Comediantes 58.2 (2006): 341-57.

Miríada Hispánica. Número monográfico en homenaje a la profesora Nancy Marino. 17 (2019). With introductory essay.

“Porn, Proms, and Paternity: The Twenty-First Century Don Juan” in Reconsidering Early Modern Spanish Literature through Mass and Popular Culture: Comtemporizing the Classics for the Classroom. Eds. Bonnie Gasior and Mindy Badía-Stivers. Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2021. 176-92.

“La representación de los acervos asturianos en los entremeses de Antón de Marirreguera.” Asturias y los asturianos en la temprana edad moderna: De Pedro Menéndez de Avilés a Francisco Bances Candamo. Ed. Jorge Abril-Sánchez. Valladolid, Spain: Verdelís, Forthcoming in 2021.

“Collaborative dialogue in Spanish literature and French linguistics” co-authored with Anne Violin-Wigent. Developing Advanced Speaking Proficiency: Instructional and Curricular Models for Post-Secondary Language Programs. Eds. Adolfo Carrillo Cabello, Kate Paesani, and Dan Soneson. U of Minnesota P, 2019. 35-78.

“The Institution of a National Literature and the Recovery of National Pride: Antón de Marirreguera and Asturias in the Seventeenth Century.” Literatura y cine: el Bicentenario de la Independencia Iberoamericana y de la Constitución de Cádiz. Asociación Hispánica de las Humanidades. 2014. 62-70.

“Lo cómico y la comunidad en dos representaciones dramáticas de San Cristóbal.” Plumas, pinceles y acordes. Estudios de literatura y cultura española e hispanoamericana (siglos XVI al XVIII). Eds. Serafín González, Lillian von der Walde, and Alma Mejia. Vol. 1. México: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, 2011. 187-97.

Lope de Vega. Parte XVI de comedias. Eds. Florence d’Artois y Luigi Giuliani. Bulletin of the Comediantes. 72.1 (2020). 183-84.

Remaking the Comedia. Ed. Harley Erdman & Susan Paun de García. Comedia Performance 14.1 (2017). 232-37.

The Comedia of Virginity. Mirzam C. Pérez. Comedia Performance 11.1 (2014): 248-51.

El libro vivo que es el teatro: canon, actor y palabra en el Siglo de Oro. Evangelina Rodríguez Cuadros. Bulletin of the Comediantes 65.2 (2013): 131-32.

Los mártires de Japón by Félix Lope de Vega. Ed. Christina Lee. Comedia Performance 10.1 (2013): 244-47.

The Woman Saint in Spanish Golden Age Spain. Christopher D. Gascón. Bulletin of the Comediantes 60.2 (2008): 161-63.

El rey en su imaginación by Luis Vélez de Guevara. Ed. William R. Manson & C. George Peale. Comedia Performance 5.1 (2008): 247-50.

La traición en la amistad by María de Zayas. Ed. Michael J. McGrath. Comedia Performance 4.1 (2007): 286-89.

Valor, agravio y mujer…Stripping Don Juan. By Ana Caro Mallén de Soto. Dir. Hugo Medrano. GALA Teatro Hispano, Washington D.C. 6 October, 2006. (Play’s run: September 28 – October 28, 2006). Comedia Performance 5.1 (2008): 199-204.

Matador for a Day. (El toreador by Pedro Calderón de la Barca). Trans. Anthony Grubbs and Carmen Ruiz-Sánchez. Will appear in The Entremés for Performance: Translations of Short Golden Age Plays. Eds. Kerry Wilks and Ian Borden. Liverpool: Aris and Phillips. Forthcoming.

Matador for a Day. (El toreador by Pedro Calderón de la Barca). Trans. Anthony Grubbs and Carmen Ruiz-Sánchez. Performed by Theater with a Mission Virtual, June 6, 2020.

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