Pamela Bastante

Pamela Bastante
Associate Professor
Modern Languages
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Island Scholar
Island Scholar Biography

Associate Professor

BA, MA (Simon Fraser); PhD (British Columbia)

Pamela Bastante is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Prince Edward Island. Her areas of research are Ars moriendi tradition in Spain and New Spain, and Eighteenth-Century Convent life in New Spain. She has participated in numerous national, regional and international conferences, and has given lectures in Canada, the United States, Mexico, China, and Colombia. She has published her research in academic articles, book chapters and in her book titled Ars Moriendi Manuals, Paintings and Funeral Rituals in Late Medieval Europe and Sixteenth Century Mexico (New Spain): Learning How to Live by Learning How to Die. Dr. Bastante and her collaborator, Dr. Alma Montero (INAH, Museo Nacional del Virreinato) have a book forthcoming based on their research on the founding of an eighteenth-century convent in Mexico. Dr. Bastante is also currently the Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Hispanists (CAH) / Asociación Canadiense de Hispanistas (ACH) -

Research Interests
  • Attitudes toward death in the Iberian and European traditions and their projections in the New World, particularly in Mexico
  • Popular culture in the literatures of medieval Spain and in the viceroyalty of New Spain (XVI-XVIII centuries)
  • Female convent life and literature in New Spain (XVII-XVIII centuries)
  • Transatlantic Hispanic Studies
  • Art History (Spanish and Latin American Baroque)
  • Santa Muerte