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I have research interests in early modern Spanish literature and political thought, critical theory, and theories of interpretation. My first monograph (under contract with Legenda’s Comparative Literature Series) reconstructs the place of Calderón de la Barca in Walter Benjamin’s Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels (The Origin of German Tragic Drama1928), with reference to contemporary discussions of the reading experience. It presents Ursprung not as another scholarly study, but as a work of the imagination exploring the excitingly different worldview of a remote period.


I am an affiliated fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

I teach lectures, seminars, and tutorials on early modern Spanish thought and literature (1543–1695) for the FHS in Spanish, as well as the Prelims Spanish course. I have also taught tutorials on modern German thought for the FHS in German.


Walter Benjamin’s Calderón: Literary Criticism and the Baroque, Series in Comparative Literature, 58 (Cambridge: Legenda, Modern Humanities Research Association, forthcoming).

‘Baroque Sovereignty Reconsidered: Walter Benjamin Quotes Diego Saavedra Fajardo.’ Modern Language Review, vol. 119, no. 1 (Jan 2024).

‘Calderón y el drama barroco según Walter Benjamin en El origen del Trauerspiel alemán (1928).’ Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, vol. 100, no. 7 (2023), 675–90.

‘Propaganda e imperio: el asesinato de Albrecht von Wallenstein (1583–1634) según El prodigio de Alemania (1634), de Calderón de la Barca.’ eHumanista, vol. 55 (in press).

Review of Leah Henrickson and Albert Meroño-Peñuela, ‘The Hermeneutics of Computer-Generated Texts.’ Configurations, vol. 20, no. 2 (2022). Journal of Literature and Science (in press).