My doctoral dissertation deals with historiographical depictions of the encounter between Christianity and Islam in late medieval Portugal (late thirteenth-fifteenth centuries). Approaching medieval chronicles and genealogies as literary representations and active social practices, I examine how the portrayals of the war against Islam not only served for the political legitimization of royalty and aristocracy, but also provided them with a raison d’être, a social usefulness. I am particularly interested in how culture – in this case, historiography – can be used as an ideological tool to justify, reinforce, reproduce, or transform an existing social order.
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.
Portuguese Literature and Culture; Brazilian Literature and Culture; Lusophone African Literatures and Cultures; Comparative Literature; Comparative Luso-Hispanic Literatures; Portuguese Orientalism; Literary Theory; Jacques Derrida; Philosophy and Literature; History of Portuguese Expansion; Postcolonialism; Portuguese Black Atlantic; Discourses of exceptionalism; Eça de Queirós; Machado de Assis
Transcultural humanities, cultural theory, comparative literary and cultural studies, post- and trans-colonial theory, post-secularism, world literature; transcultural writing, Portuguese & Lusophone studies, Mediterranean studies
Eco-criticism, Animal Studies, Human/Non-human relations, Spanish Cultural Studies, Portuguese Cultural Studies, Post-humanism, Feminist Ethics, Iberian Rural Anthropology, 20th Century Spanish Literature, Galician Literature, 21th Century Spanish Literature, Spanish film, Portuguese Film, Latin American Literature, Education and literature
French medieval literature, medieval insular literature, Romanian literature
Medieval Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Medievalism, Digital Humanities, French Studies, Medieval French Literature, Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, Digital Humanities, French Literature
Medieval literature, Chaucer, theology and literature, early Irish poetry, medieval history, manuscript studies, modern medievalisms, history of literary criticism, historical linguistics
teaching Portuguese, teaching Spanish, crime fiction, Brazil, Argentina, popular literature, digital pedagogy