Please use the Department links below to find a specific member of staff in Cultures, Languages and Area Studies.
Spanish Language Tutor,
I began learning Spanish at the age of 28 when a Sevillanas dance class introduced me to a whole new world of Spanish culture. After a year learning the language I set out to live for a year in Granada, Andalucía, before returning to London where I attended evening classes at Birkbeck College, studying for a BA in Hispanic Studies. I then began postgraduate study at Girton College Cambridge, taking an MPhil in European Literature and then beginning a PhD on the work of the seventeenth-century playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca, which I finished in 2002.
In Cambridge I supervised students for courses in Spanish literature and language for six years and I have also since taught at the University of London. In 2004 I became a lecturer at the University of Nottingham (UK) where I taught specialist modules to final-year undergraduates on sixteenth and seventeenth century culture, as well as introductions to the novel, the theatre and social history. My initial research was on Spanish theatre, particularly representations of gender. I am now working on issues of the body, sexuality and religion in early modern Spanish culture, on intercultural exchange between Spain and China, and on representations of gender in Chinese cinema.