Harry Sieber

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for Spanish

Gilman 478
Curriculum Vitae


Harry Sieber, professor of Spanish in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, teaches Renaissance and Baroque Spanish literature. He has published numerous studies on the Spanish comedia, the works of the late medieval poet, Gómez Manrique, the satire of Francisco de Quevedo and the fiction of Miguel de Cervantes, as well as two books, The Picaresque (Methuen) and Language and Society in the ‘Lazarillo de Tormes’ (JHU Press). He has also edited and written a critical study of the Novelas Ejemplares of Cervantes, now in its 26th edition (Editorial Cátedra). His book, The Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote de la Mancha, is a compilation of proverbs and witty sayings found in Cervantes’ masterpiece, based on Tobias Smollett’s classic translation.

His research on the Cervantes Collection at the Peabody Library (Baltimore) over the years inspired him to share its contents to a wide audience by initiating and curating a digital exhibition. Comments and inquiries have come from the general public as well as from high school students to Hispanic scholars.

He has served as general editor of MLN and as key and associate editor of the journal's Hispanic Issue.

For several years, he resided in Spain as director of the Johns Hopkins graduate program abroad, and is currently the academic director of the JHU Undergraduate Program in Madrid. He founded the Spanish Honor Society for undergraduates (Sigma Delta Pi) and serves as the faculty sponsor.

He has also conducted research in Spain as a Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of NEH, ACLS, and Joint Committee Spanish Government Research awards. In recent years, Professor Sieber’s work concentrates on the socio-historical context of literary history.

He is currently working on literary patronage, relaciones and memoirs in the Court of Philip III, focusing primarily on Luis Cabrera de Córdoba’s Relaciones de las cosas sucedidas en La Corte de España desde 1599 hasta 1614, a work that will serve as a research source for Court history, ceremony, and literary culture in Spain’s Golden Age.