Adam Mahler is a third-year doctoral student, specializing in the poetries of medieval and early modern Spain and Portugal. Working comparatively across the many languages of the Iberian Peninsula, he researches theories and practices of lyric, rhetoric, and literary criticism. Though treating a wide range of authors and themes, his published articles and doctoral research converge on the relationship between poetic form and subject formation. How, for instance, do stylistics and verse structures reflect and effect notions of self and other during the medieval and early modern periods? How do social realities and material cultures help precipitate early Iberian strophic forms? Previous research projects have asked similar questions of Camilo Pessanha and Fernando Pessoa, two key writers at the head of Portugal's modernist movement in the early twentieth century. 
 
The recipient of a Fulbright research grant, he has written on Iberian and Brazilian literature for Portuguese StudiesThe Journal of Medieval Iberian StudiesThe Luso-Brazilian Review, La CorónicaSpeculum, and, in Portuguese, for Colóquio/Letras, Portugal's premier literary review. For his essay on literary unexemplarity in Dom Duarte’s Leal conselheiro, he received La corónica’s 2021 Nancy F. Marino Prize for best essay in Hispanomedieval Studies. His translation of Luz Pichel's Cativa en su lughar, for which he was awarded a PEN/Heim 2022 Translation Fund Grant, will be published by Deep Vellum, in 2025.
 
You can find his latest book of translations, Camilo Pessanha’s Clepsydra and Other Poems (Tagus Press at the University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth, April 2022), on Bookshop.org or Amazon.
 

Research interests: troubadour poetry, Iberian Jewry, aljamiado literature, translation theory, theory of the lyric, minority- and historical languages of the Iberian Peninsula, literature and the environment, historical metrics and poetics; Peninsular and transatlantic modernism.