I am an associate professor of Spanish and Catalan specializing in the literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. My research interests include textual scholarship, cultural history, translation, and the digital humanities. I am the author of Printing Ausiàs March and coauthor of The Classical Tradition in Medieval Catalan. I have edited essay collections on Catalan literature and translation, digital archives and medieval Iberian texts, and the materiality of early modern poetry. My current work includes a critical edition and translation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s geographical dictionary De montibus (in collaboration with Michael Papio), studies of space in lyric poetry, the history of medieval Catalan literature, and the printing of chivalric romance Tirant lo Blanc. I serve as the managing editor of Digital Philology.
My main areas of research are the history of Spanish and Catalan languages from a political, cultural, and ideological point of view. I focus on how language relates to issues such as identity, nation, and power in the past and in the present, especially in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period. I am interested in how cultural and intellectual history has had an influence on language ideology. Moreover, because of my political, cultural, and ideological approach to the history of language, I have also analyzed literary texts and have published on Medieval and Early Modern Catalan and Spanish Literature. My first book, Literatura o imperio: la construcción de las lenguas castellana y catalana en la España renacentista was published by Juan de la Cuesta—Hispanic Monographs in 2008. My second book, The Making of Catalan Linguistic Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Times, Palgrave Macmillan, will be published in February 2018: https://www.palgrave.com/la/book/9783319720791 I have also published in several journals including La Corónica, Neophilologus, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Hispanic Research Journal, Hispanófila, Romanistisches Jahrbuch, Calíope, eHumanista and Crítica Hispánica.
My main field of research is related to the primary sources for the study of Medieval and Renaissance Iberian literatures and cultures, especially what we called ‘Poesía de cancionero’ (Songbook Poetry) written in Spanish. Other research lines I am involved with are Spanish vernacular Humanism, nobility’s patronage of Spanish culture, and the Islamic, Hebrew, and Christian background of medieval Iberia. I seek to show how medieval literature, especially poetry, must be studied within the context of the political and social culture from which it emerges. My research is also focused on the role of gender and racial issues in the construction of authorship, in particular the role of both women and Jewish and converso writers, in the midst of the turmoil of the 15th-16th centuries. I have been involved in Digital Humanities since 1999, when I joined ADMYTE. Later on, in 2002, I joined the PhiloBiblon Project as a Junior Assistant; I currently serve there as Co-Director of BETA (Bibliografía Española de Textos Antiguos) and collaborator of both BITECA (Bibliografia de textos antics catalans, valencians i balears) and BIPA (Bibliografía de la Poesía Áurea). I have also the pleasure of being the Director of the PhiloBiblon Seminar, a workshop in which we train students in our database and methods. The first two editions of this Seminar were held at San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja under the patronage of Cilengua; the third edition was celebrated in June 2017 at the Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid. From the fourth edition on forward, June 2018 and June 2019, the Seminar had one more session at Biblioteca Marqués de Valdecilla (UCM), aside from the one at BNE. This will be also the format expected for the forthcoming sixth edition, tentatively scheduled June 2020 at both BNE and UCM. A few years ago I began to write a blog in which I am trying to spread both my research and my teaching to the general public, for I consider essential the popularization of the research done as a logical counterweight to the scientific investigations I am currently doing.
Catalan Literature, Italian Literature, Comparative Studies, 20th and 21st Century Literature, Postmodernity & Postmodernism
Catalan literature, Iberian and Iberian American literatures, translation, cultural studies
Spanish Modern Peninsular Culture and Literature
French medieval literature, medieval insular literature, Romanian literature
20-21C Peninsular Literature, Iberian Studies, Poetics, Catalan Poetry and Narrative, Nationalisms, Sexualities, Queerness, LGBTQ Studies, Ecocriticism, Intertextuality, Opera.
Spanish and Latin American cinema
20th-21st century Spanish-language literature