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My work centres on Spanish culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and, especially, on the Baroque, and is both interdisciplinary and comparative in scope and method. Focusing on literature (prose, poetry and theatre), history of ideas, and art and architecture, my research analyses the Baroque as a European phenomenon, and the Spanish Baroque as a major variant of this.
I have worked extensively on figures such as Cervantes, Góngora, Gracián, Quevedo, Zayas, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Saavedra Fajardo and Calderón, and have a particular interest in European court culture and theatre and the ways these intersected with the visual arts and were, in turn, influential in the formation of distinctive notions of identity. An important strand of my work is the intellectual and cultural relationship between New Spain (Mexico) and Spain in this period.
I am General Editor of the major research journal, the Bulletin of Spanish Studies, and am on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Anuario de Estudios Cervantinos and Renaissance Studies.
This article was published on Oct 30, 2012