My major research areas are the relationships between European and Spanish Romanticism, especially the impact of Lord Byron, and the literature, philosophy and the arts of the period 1880-1914 in Spain. Present work is divided between studies of Byron and a reassessment of fin de siglo writing where I question the widely held notion of two supposedly antagonistic movements - modernismo and noventayochismo - to demonstrate that a specific set of philosophical and aesthetic ideals informed the thinking of most of the new generation of writers. An analysis of the emergence of the Symbolist-Decadent aesthetic and its relationship to theories of degeneration, to medicine and esoteric religions will accompany the above. I am presently editing two collections: Antonio Machado's Soledades, galerías, otros poemas and Manuel Machado's Alma and El mal poema. In 2003 I was invited to edit The Reception of Lord Byron in Europe, 2 vols, London-New York, Thoemmes-Continuum, published in 2005 for which I received the Emma Dangerfield Award for Scholarship on Lord Byron. In 2005 I contributed 3 edited collections of Juan Ramón Jiménez (1 reconstructed from manuscripts and notes) for the centenary Obra poética (Espasa-Calpe). I have lectured internationally in Denmark, France, Germany, the Republic of Georgia, Holland, Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Brazil and the United States. I was Visiting Professor in the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and the University of Colorado at Boulder and am a Corresponding Member of the Real Academia de Buenas Letras of Seville.
'¿Poeta torremarfileño o poeta realista? (Memoria y realidad en Platero y yo), in Juan Ramón Jiménez. Poesía y pensamiento, ed. Luis Miguel Arroyo Arrayás, Universidad de Huelva Publicaciones / Diputación de Huelva, 2008, pp.173-198.
'Juan Ramón Jiménez y la tradición pastoral: la búsqueda de una edad dorada', in Darío a diario. Rubén y el modernismo en dos orillas, coordinador Ángel Esteban, Granada, Universidad de Granada, 2007, pp.373-400.
'Lord Byron's Gothic Footprint in Spain: José de Espronceda and the Re-making of Horror', in The Gothic Byron, ed. Peter Cochran, Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009, pp.129-44.
'"Amo más que la Grecia de los griegos / la Grecia de la Francia'. Ancient Greece in the Spanish Lyric (1870-1910), Studi Ispanici, XXXIV, 2009, 95-111.
'Introduction to Spanish Romanticism', in Stephen Prickett, European Romanticism: A Reader, London-New York, Continuum, 2010, pp. 57-8, 261-62, 397-414, 549-60, 641-44, 961-64, 1007-08.