I grew up in Wolverhampton and studied Classics and Spanish at Merton College, Oxford, before moving to Cambridge for the PhD. During and between studies, I spent time volunteering with Fundación Manos Abiertas in Argentina, doing archival research in California and Washington DC, and in South Korea. After one year teaching at Cambridge I came to Exeter in 2017. Aside from a love of travel and learning new languages, in my spare time I enjoy choral singing and exploring the beautiful countryside around Oxford.
My research focuses on early modern Hispanic literature across Europe and the colonial Americas. I have published on poetry and drama and am interested in the ways that imaginative literature can think through notions of the body politic, violent conflict and the resistance to it, faith and identity. I recently co-edited a wide-ranging volume on early modern Spanish American poetry, and will shortly publish my first monograph, The Epic Mirror: Poetry, Conflict Ethics and Political Community in Colonial Peru. The Epic Mirror studies how Spanish-American writers and veterans at the turn of the seventeenth century used epic poetry to search for ethical solutions to the violent conflicts of their age in a multipolar colonial world. My next project looks at sacred epic written in Spanish, with a particular emphasis on literary communities among the Sephardic Jewish diaspora.
I teach all areas of sixteenth and seventeenth-century Spanish literature, as well as translation from Spanish to undergraduates. This year I will lecture on mysticism, the Inquisition and censorship, early encounters in the Americas and cultural minorities in Spain. I am keen to hear from potential graduate students interested in early modern Hispanic literature and culture.
‘”De gente que a ningún rey obedecen”: Republicanism and Empire in Alonso de Ercilla’s La Araucana’, BHS 91.4 (2014), 417-35
‘¿”Adonde falta el rey, sobran agravios” (IV.5)? The Siege of Saint-Quentin and Two Worlds of War in Alonso de Ercilla’s La Araucana’, in Stephen Boyd and Terence O’Reilly (eds) Artifice and Invention in the Spanish Golden Age (Oxford: Legenda, 2014), pp. 173-84
‘The Spectacle of Conquest: Epic Conflicts on the Seventeenth-Century Spanish Stage’, in Fiona Macintosh, Justine McConnell, Stephen Harrison, and Claire Kenward, eds, Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)
Rodrigo Cacho and Imogen Choi, eds, The Rise of Spanish American Poetry, 1500-1700: Literary and Cultural Transmission in the New World (Oxford: Legenda, 2019)
‘La presencia oculta de Torquato Tasso en la Tercera parte de La Araucana de Alonso de Ercilla (1589-90)’, Bulletin Hispanique, 2019