Wesleyan portrait of Gabrielle Piedad Ponce-Hegenauer

Gabrielle Piedad Ponce-Hegenauer

Assistant Professor of Letters

41 Wyllys Avenue, 319


BA University of Illinois Urbana
MFA Johns Hopkins University
PHD Johns Hopkins University

Gabrielle Piedad Ponce-Hegenauer

Gabrielle Ponce's work revaluates the rise of the novel in late sixteenth-century Spain through the relationship between Lyric, Novel and Romance in the works of Miguel de Cervantes and his contemporaries.  While the discourse of modernity has frequently turned to subjectivity as one of its central features, the Pre-Cartesian formulations of subjectivity that emerged in the eroticized pastoral culture of the late sixteenth-century invite us to reconsider the ways in which human experience was conceptualized, expressed and narrated both on the grounds of subjectivity and intersubjectivity.  This work addresses questions of literary genre through a dialectic between the historical particulrities and the transhistorical forms of literary art, and takes special interest in the relationship between the mythic and the epistemic in histoical, philosophical and imaginative outlooks.  Her articles have appeared in the MLN and Romance Studies.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Tuesdays 2:00-4:00pm or by appointment 

Office #319

College of Letters

Boger Hall



Fall 2018
COL 150F - 01
Great Books Unbound (FYS)

COL 309 - 01
Truth & the Poet

Spring 2019
COL 250 - 01
The Renaissance Woman

COL 252 - 01
Writing Love