Javier Patiño Loira

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Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA

Javier Patiño Loira is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA. He specializes in Spanish and Italian early modern poetic and rhetorical theory. Javier has published articles and book chapters on the relationship between scholarship and book collecting practices in the context of the formation of sixteenth-century libraries, as well as on the relationship between early modern psychology and politics as they coalesce in the development of the notion of interiority. At present, Javier is writing a book on the role that the seventeenth-century notion of “wit” or “ingenuity” played in the formation of a theory of the beautiful with heavy social and political overtones. Javier is part of the Diversifying the Classics project, directed by Prof. Barbara Fuchs at UCLA.