Judith Ames Whitenack, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish, Emerita
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Judith Ames Whitenack, Ph.D., professor emerita of Spanish, received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and has taught at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1979.

She has taught many undergraduate and graduate courses on Spanish language, literature and culture, as well as Don Quixote in English translation, Core Humanities 201 and 202 and various capstone courses on Hispanic women’s literature in translation. Whitenack spent three different semesters teaching with USAC in Spain (two in Madrid and one in San Sebastián), as well as a semester in Alexandria, Egypt, where she taught English. A specialist in the Spanish Golden Age, particularly Cervantes, her publications include a monograph on Guzmán de Alfarache and several co-editions: María de Zayas: The Dynamics of Discourse, with Amy Williamsen, the first modern edition of Leonor de Meneses’s El desdeñado más firme with Gwyn C. Campbell, and two volumes, entitled Zayas and Her Sisters I and II (an anthology of novelas by seventeenth-century Spanish women and a collection of critical essays on these novelas, also with Gwyn Campbell).

She has also published many articles on Golden Age topics: Cervantes, the picaresque novel, the chivalric romance, María de Zayas, Lope de Vega (with Susan Baker), Ana Caro, Ana Abarca y Bolea and Beatriz Bernal’s Cristalián de España, in various professional journals ( Hispanic Review, Bulletin of the Comediantes, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Cervantes, Journal of Hispanic Philology, Philological Quarterly, Kentucky Romance Quarterly,Pacific Coast Philology, Monographic Review, Hispanic Journal, among others) and several essay collections, the latest to appear in 2009.

Under the name of Judith Ames, in recent years she has been singing jazz with her husband, master saxophonist Rocky Tatarelli in and around the Reno/Tahoe area. Her plans for the future include teaching an occasional course at the University, continuing with her music and working on an essay on Cervantes and her longterm project on the enchantress figure in Spanish chivalric literature.

Research interests

  • Spanish Golden Age
  • Cervantes
  • The picaresque novel
  • 17th-century women

Courses taught

  • SPAN many 700, 400/600, 300, 200 and 100
  • CH 201, 202
  • Several cross-listed courses (Spanish, English, Women's Studies)


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin