Laura Ortiz-Mercado

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Areas of interest: 

Early Modern literature, Shakespearean and Renaissance drama, Medieval literature, Arthurian Cycle, gender and identity studies, female demonization, witchcraft accusations, supernatural elements in drama



University of Granada, Spain – M.A. in English Literature and Linguistics

University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus – B.A. in English Literature



Laura is a Kinesis-Fernández Richards Fellow. She holds a B.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Puerto Rico. During her undergraduate career she participated in the Leadership Alliance program at the University of Pennsylvania and Colombia University, where she researched the representation of witchcraft and sorcery in Early Modern drama. Laura also holds an M.A. degree from the University of Granada, where she completed a thesis on the political and ideological readings of guilt of the female characters portrayed in the Arthurian legends. At Notre Dame, Laura intends to continue her research on super natural elements and the representation of female figures in Medieval texts and Early Modern drama, looking in particular at the demonization of women through witchcraft accusation.