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A. Robert Lauer

Professor, Early Modern Period: Golden Age Drama, Poetry, Prose, Film Studies, and Aesthetics

Kaufman Hall 131

(405) 325-5845


A. Robert Lauer is Professor of Spanish and Film in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics and the Film and Media Studies Program at OU. He received his BA from the Ohio State University and his MA and PhD from the University of Michigan.

He has published seven books and more than 130 articles and c. 50 reviews in several areas of Hispanism and Film, with an emphasis on Hispanic Early Modern (Golden Age) Drama (especially Calderón) and Cervantes. As General Editor for Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. (New York), he has also published 44 volumes that form part of the monograph series Ibérica. His latest works are a critical and annotated edition of Pedro Calderón de la Barca's morality play (auto sacramentalEl tesoro escondido(Kassel, Ger. / Pamplona, Sp.: Edition Reichenberger / Universidad de Narvarra, 2012); a special Cervantes monograph co-edited with Maria Caterina Ruta (Università di Palermo), Un paseo entre los centenarios cervantinos, for Cuadernos AISPI (2015) <>, and a special monograph issue on Lo abyecto, lo grotesco y lo sublime en la literatura áurea hispánica for Hispania Felix: Revista Hispano-Rumana de Cultura y Civilización de los Siglos de Oro 2016 (2017) [ISSN-e 2171-2158]. He has lectured extensively in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, has received three teaching awards (two from the University of Wisconsin System and one from the OU Foundation Cecil W. Woods Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching [2005]), and has done consulting for the Modern Language Association of America (New York), the National Research Council (Washington, D.C.), the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Vienna), and the Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada (Ottawa). He has also taught abroad at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany, and, virtually, at the Colegio de Michoacán, Mexico. He receives numerous invitations to read papers abroad, with partial or all expenses covered by the host institutions. He has received several grants, among them a Heinrich Hertz-Stiftung Fellowship. He serves in several editorial boards, among them Anagnórisis (Sp.), Anuario calderoniano (Sp.), and Arte nuevo (Switz.). With the former Kurt Reichenberger, he co-directed the international forums Coloquio Cervantes and Coloquio Teatro de los Siglos de Oro. His current academic blog, Siglo de Oro: España, an amalgamation of the previous ones, is highly active and has 1.8K members. His great passion in life is to travel. For more details, please consult his ORCID ID: <>.

Selected Publications

1) Tyrannicide and Drama: Part I. The Tradition of Tyrannicide from Polybius to Suárez; Part II. The Tyrannicide Drama in Spain from 1579 to 1698, Archivum Calderonianum 4 (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1987);

2) The Restoration of Monarchy: «Hados y lados hacen dichosos y desdichados», Ediciones Críticas 72 (Kassel: Edition Reichenberger, 1997);

3) Hispanic Essays in Honor of Frank P. Casa (co-edited with Henry W. Sullivan), Ibérica 20 (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 1999);

4) Cervantes y su mundo III, co-edited with Kurt Reichenberger (Kassel: Reichenberger, 2005);

5) Cervantes and His Legacy in Contemporary Fiction (co-edited with Sonya S. Gupta), a special double issue of the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages Bulletin [New Series] 15.2 (Dec. 2005) and 16.1 (June 2006): 1-174 [Hyderabad, India: ISSN: 0970-8340];

6) El tesoro escondido. By Pedro Calderón de la Barca. A critical edition by A. Robert Lauer. Pamplona and Kassel: Universidad de Navarra and Edition Reichenberger, 2012. Autos sacramentales completos de Calderón, edición crítica 75; Teatro del Siglo de Oro, ediciones críticas 182. 230 pp. ISBN: 978-3-937734-95-8;

7) Un paseo entre los centenarios cervantinos. A special Cervantes monograph ed. by Maria Caterina Ruta and A. Robert Lauer. Cuadernos AISPI [Associazione Ispanisti Italiani]: Estudios de lenguas y literaturas ibéricas 5 (2015). 244 pp. ISSN 2283-981X. Online (July, 2015). <>; and

8) Lo abyecto, lo grotesco y lo sublime en la literatura áurea hispánica. a special monograph issue edited by A. Robert Lauer for Hispania Felix: Revista Hispano-Rumana de Cultura y Civilización de los Siglos de Oro 2016 (Spring, 2017). ISSN-e 2171-2158. A work in progress is Honor, Rhetoric, and the King (a monograph).

9) Lauer, A. Robert. La evolución del cervantismo/hispanismo mundial en las últimas décadas. Temas del Quijote, no. 3, año 2, Francisco Parra Luna (Coordinador), Ángel C. Pareja (Diseño de portada y maquetación), Villanueva de los Infantes, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain: Centro Internacional ‘Lugar de la Mancha’ de Estudios sobre el Quijote (CILMEQ), March 2020.