Bretton Rodriguez is a Assistant Professor of Hunamities at Bogazici University in Istanbul. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Chicago and a M.A. in Medieval Studies from the University of York and he completed a Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Notre Dame. Bretton is primarily interested in exploring the relationship between literature and history in medieval and early modern Iberia. More specifically, he studies how medieval histories can be read using the skills and techniques of literary criticism. In addition, he investigates how literary works can inform our understanding of the past. Bretton’s research includes traditional “historical” genres, such as chronicle and biography, as well as more “literary” ones, such as epic, romance, and theater.
He is currently working on his book, based on his doctoral dissertation, Narratives of Power: Royal History and the Language of Legitimacy in Medieval Castile, where he examined the way that political factors shaped the evolution of vernacular history writing in medieval Castile. In this work, Bretton argued that the political importance of historical narratives contributed to Castilian historiography becoming an innovative and dynamic genre, which played a fundamental role in the development of Castilian identity and also served as a space of literary innovation.