Rachel Bauer

Rachel Bauer

Assistant Professor - Spanish; Faculty Adviser for Rhodes Best Buddies; Chapter Adviser for the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi

Dr. Bauer’s area of specialization is in Early Modern Spanish Literature, especially narrative. Her dissertation, “Madness and Laughter: Cervantes’s Comic Vision in Don Quixote,” looks at the relationship between carnival, madness, and laughter as well as the connections between journey and humor. She is also interested in the theory of the novel in addition to Menippean satire and the role it plays in forming comic literature throughout history.

Class Projects

Spring 2011

Professor Bauer′s Intermediate Spanish 201 classes created video stories in Spanish which summarized their experience at Rhodes College. Each class then voted on their favorites. Please check the links below to see the representative videos of "Nuestra experiencia en Rhodes."

Omolola Ajayi, Charles Walker, Sam Jacus, Rachel Ward http://vimeo.com/28464856

Aldo Charles, Frankie Dakin, Joe Barlia http://vimeo.com/28524757

Devin Cochrane and Maggie Klusman http://vimeo.com/28464897

Spring 2012

Tyler Adams, Allyson Topps, Teddy Huerta, Andrea Tedesco http://vimeo.com/49786909

Bene Woods, Mathew Washnock, and Luke Spinolo http://vimeo.com/49933691


"Deceptive Framing: the Signifier Barataria in Don Quixote and the Americas." Framing the Quixote, Brigham Young University (2007): 137-147. 

“The Im/Permanence of Hybridity.”  Multiplicities: Mediating Cultural Productions, Purdue University (2000): 69-71.

“Hearing Dracula: Sound as Sign in Film.” Romance Languages Annual 10 (1999): 45-50.


“Cervantes and Madness.” Oxford Handbook of Cervantes. Forthcoming February 2021.

"Disturbing Devices: The Relationship between Journey and Humor in Don Quixote." International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, in Granada, Spain June 8, 2011.

“Approaching Cervantes’s Comic Vision through the Concept of Journey.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association: Annual Convention. Charlotte, NC, November 11, 2006.

“Por el barato con que se le había dado el Nuevo Mundo.” Framing the Quixote Conference. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, October 15, 2005.

“Reading Don Quixote in the Menippean Tradition.”  Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, April 23, 2005.

“Cervantes in the New World.” Pasado, presente, y futuro: Graduate Student Conference on Hispanic Literature &Linguistics. Miami University. Oxford, OH, February 8, 2003.

“The Im/Permanence of Hybridity.” Purdue University’s Second Graduate Studies Symposium of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. West Lafayette, IN, February 12, 2000.

“Hearing Dracula: Sound as Sign in Film.”  Purdue University Conference on Romance Languages, Literature, and Film.  West Lafayette, IN, October 9, 1999.


B.A., Spanish, Duquesne University
M.A., Spanish Literature, Purdue University
Ph.D., Spanish Literature, Vanderbilt University