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Christopher van Ginhoven Rey (On leave)
Assistant Professor of Language and Culture Studies
Phone: (860) 297-4179 Office Location: Seabury Hall S-013
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Trinity College faculty member since 2010
General ProfileTeachingResearchPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
Ph.D., New York Univ. (2010)
M.A., Dartmouth College (2002)
B.A., Dartmouth College (2001)

Christopher van Ginhoven Rey teaches courses on late medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Spain and Latin America, literary and cultural analysis, and various Spanish language courses. He is the author of Instruments of the Divinity, a study of the founding documents of the Jesuit order. Exploring the genesis of the metaphor of the Jesuit as an instrument of a laboring God in the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the book investigates the relation between this metaphor and a philosophy and theology of the instrument—a tradition that includes works by Aristotle, Damascene, Aquinas, and Heidegger—in order to then consider the metaphor's role in the Jesuit order's attempts to understand its place within the world (as the first religious order to operate on a global scale) and within tradition (as the first religious order to effect a decisive rupture with the world of monasticism).

Before coming to Trinity, he taught medieval and Renaissance studies at New York University and Spanish language and literature courses at Dartmouth College. He has written essays and given talks on Spanish mysticism and its relation to aesthetics and hermeneutics, aspects of Jesuit and Catholic culture, Saint Augustine, Góngora's Soledades, and the work of Heidegger, Gadamer, and Blumenberg. He also has a strong interest in contemporary Latin American literature, and has translated works by Mario Bellatin, Fabio Morabito, Alan Pauls, and José Agustín. In 2005, his novel La evasión was published by Editorial Matalamanga in Lima. A second novel, Escorzo, will be published in 2014.