Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
Medieval Literature, Comparative Literature, German, Spanish, Europe
My work focuses on comparative medieval literature, alterity, gender, and the mobility of cultural production in the medieval world, particularly in the German and Iberian contexts.
I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow with the MMLL Faculty. My work focuses on comparative medieval literature, alterity, gender, and the mobility of cultural production in the medieval world, particularly in the German and Iberian contexts. I hold a PhD in German and Hispanic Studies from King’s College London, an MPhil in European Literature and Culture from the University of Cambridge and a BA in German and Hispanic Studies (European Studies) from Queen Mary, University of London.
My PhD analysed representations of Iberia in medieval German literature, examining the ideological implications of real and fictional travels to the Peninsula for the construction of individual and collective identities, religious, cultural and political. Drawing on postcolonial theory, the work of Michel Foucault and network theory, I contend that Iberia is an imagined space that stages a host of ideological problems and highlights the contingency of ‘European’ identities. My current research questions the role of women as transcultural agents in the formation of a literary network in premodern Europe. Moving from patronage to translation and representation, from extra- to intra-textual analysis, I explore the ongoing process through which this network is constructed materially and ideologically by women as translators and literary characters.