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Gregory Kaplan

701 McClung Tower

Phone: (865) 974-6993

Gregory B. Kaplan is Professor of Spanish. He is also faculty advisor for the University of Tennessee Hillel Jewish Student Center.

Dr. Kaplan's principal area of research is medieval Spanish philology, which includes the literature of the Spanish Middle Ages as well as the history and evolution of the Spanish language.

Dr. Kaplan has been awarded the University of Tennessee Jefferson Prize for demonstrated excellence in research and creative activity, a Lindsay Young Professorship in recognition of professional achievement in research and teaching, and a University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dr. Kaplan has published several books, including Valderredible, Cantabria (España): La cuna de la lengua española (Santander: Gobierno de Cantabria, Consejería de Cultura, Turismo y Deporte, 2009), "Personality Disorders" and Other Stories, by Juan José Millás (trans. Gregory B. Kaplan, New York: Modern Language Association, 2007), El culto a San Millán en Valderredible (Cantabria): Las iglesias rupestres y la formación del Camino de Santiago (Santander: Gobierno de Cantabria, Consejería de Cultura, Turismo y Deporte, 2007), Sixteenth-Century Spanish Writers (ed. and intro. Gregory B. Kaplan, vol. 318 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography series, Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2006), The Evolution of "Converso" Literature: The Writings of the Converted Jews of Medieval Spain (U Press of Florida, 2002), and Español para los negocios: Estudios de casos (co-written with Irene Mizrahi, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998). He has published articles on a variety of medieval topics in scholarly journals such as Bulletin of Spanish Studies, La corónica, Foreign Language Annals, Hispanic Review, Hispanófila, Quaderni Ibero-Americani, and Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. He has also published articles dealing with 18th and 19th century Spanish literature and Spanish cinema.

Dr. Kaplan's latest book, Marginal Voices: Studies in Converso Literature of Medieval and Golden Age Spain (Leiden: Brill, 2012), is a volume of thirteen essays (co-edited with Professor Amy Aronson-Friedman) to which he contributes an essay, "The Inception of Limpieza de Sangre (Purity of Blood) and its Impact in Medieval and Golden Age Spain," which lays the groundwork for his current project. Dr. Kaplan is presently working on a critical edition and the first translation from Spanish into English of Providencia de Dios con Israel (The Providence of God with Israel), the magnum opus of Saúl Levy Morteira (c. 1590-1660), the rabbi to Amsterdam's community of some 1500 exiled Sephardic Jews of Iberian descent (including Baruch Spinoza), which can in may ways be considered the first modern Jewish community.

Dr. Kaplan also continues to explore the history (and pre-history) of the Spanish language. He is currently working on an article and a presentation (for presentation in May, 2013 at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan U, Kalamazoo, MI) that will focus on the impact on spoken Latin of a pre-Roman Cantabrian vocalic system.

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

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