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Heather Marie Bamford Faculty Member

Heather Bamford studies and teaches the literatures and cultures of medieval and early modern Iberia. She earned her B.A. in Spanish at the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include manuscript culture, magic texts, Islam in Spain, the Digital Humanities, and theoretical approaches to the Middle Ages. Her first book, Cultures of the Fragment: Uses of the Iberian Manuscript, 1100–1600 (University of Toronto Press, 2018), places fragments at the center of reading and non-reading aspects of medieval and 16th-century use of manuscripts. The book challenges the notion that fragments came about accidentally, arguing that most fragments were created on purpose, as a result of a wide range of practical, intellectual and spiritual uses of manuscript material. Heather is at work on a new project tentatively titled Unprinted that examines the restricted or clandestine circulation of Morisco (forcibly baptized Muslims), magic and other manuscripts in the early modern period with attention to issues of temporality, authorship, and intention. Heather has been a member of the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions and is at work on a digital, interactive edition of the Libro de buen amor with Emily Francomano (Georgetown University and PI).

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