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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Carlos Iglesias Crespo

Position: PhD Student in Spanish

College: King’s College      


Supervisor: Prof Rodrigo Cacho


About Me

Carlos Iglesias Crespo is an AHRC-funded PhD Candidate in Spanish at King's College, Cambridge. His doctoral thesis explores how early modern ideas about memory shaped the theory and practice of lyric poetry in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain, especially in the Petrarchist tradition. The project aims to shed new light on how Spain's poetic culture participated in the early modern mnemonic episteme that underpinned the broader market of knowledge of humanistic Europe, as well as to map the evolution of lyric poetry and poetics along memorial lines in the works of Juan Boscán, Fernando de Herrera and Juan de Jáuregui.

Before coming to Cambridge, Carlos obtained BAs in Classics (2019) and Hispanic Philology (2020) from Universidad de Extremadura (Spain). In the context of these studies, he spend his Erasmus at the University of Exeter (UK, 2017-18) and obtained a Teaching Assistantship Fellowship from Kalamazoo College (US, 2019-20). Supported by "La Caixa" Foundation, he moved to Cambridge in 2020, where he passed with distinction the MPhil in European, Latin American, and Comparative Literatures and Cultures (2021).


Research interests

Carlos's research primarily focuses on early modern Spanish literature and culture, with an emphasis on sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century poetry and poetics. He also works on the history of rhetoric and poetics from Antiquity to the Renaissance, with particular attention to the history and theory of the art of memory in Spain and Italy; cognitive approaches to literature focused on the interaction between embodiment, language and cognition; and ideology in medieval, early modern and twentieth-century Spanish literature.

Carlos is currently co-editing a special issue for Calliope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry with Rodrigo Cacho and Jessica Hagley. He is also preparing two edited books: one on the body in the Hispanic literatures and cultures with Sergio Martínez Rey (Stanford University), and another on memory in medieval and early modern Europe with Lucia Delaini (Northwestern University). During the lockdown of 2020, he joined forces with Victoria Alzina (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos) to edit Conclausa, an anthology of artistic responses to Covid-19 in the Spanish region of Extremadura with contributions by laureate poets such as Basilio Sánchez (Premio Loewe 2019), Ada Salas (Premio Hiperión 1997) or Álvaro Valverde (Premio Loewe 1991).


Fellowships / Scholarships / Awards

  • AHRC Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP & King's College Match-funded Studentship (Grant Ref: AH/R012709/1) (2021-2024)
  • "La Caixa" Foundation Fellowship for Postgraduate Studies in Europe (ID 100010434 / Code: LCF/BQ/EU20/11810016) (2020-2021)
  • Kalamazoo College Teaching Assistant Fellowship in Spanish (2019-2020)


Teaching and supervision


Published works

“‘Que la beldad es vuestra, la voz mía’: A Cognitive Pragmatic Answer to a Gongorine Crux”, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (forthcoming)

“Reading Garcilaso’s Love Sonnets in the Anotaciones: Relevance Theory and the Poetics of Failure”, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, vol. 99, no. 2 (2022): 199-219

“Staging the Emotions in Giulio Camillo’s Theatre: Syncretism, Embodied Cognition and the Arts of Memory”, Ágora. Estudos Clássicos Em Debate, vol. 24, no. 1 (Special Issue: Ars memorativa, ed. Luis Merino Jérez and Marta Ramos Grané) (2022): 83-103.

“La metarretórica cognitiva aristotélica y su relación con el tratamiento de la memoria en la Rhetorica ad Herennium”, Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric, vol. 40, n. 1 (2022): 1-22.

Energeia as Defamiliarization: Reading Aristotle with Shklovsky’s Eyes”, Journal for the History of Rhetoric, vol. 24, n. 3 (2021): 274-89.

“Identidad, negación y emancipación: una lectura de Reivindicación del Conde don Julián de Juan Goytisolo desde la dialéctica hegeliana”, DiabloTexto Digital, vol. 10 (2021): 172-192

“El pacto onírico en Don Julián y Paisajes después de la batalla de Juan Goytisolo’, Anuario de Estudios Filológicos, vol. 44 (2021): 103-22.

“La importancia de los tratados psicológicos aristotélicos para los estudios retóricos”, Talia Dixit. Revista Interdisciplinar de Retórica e Historiografía, vol. 15 (2020): 123-132.

Conclausa. Cáceres: Universidad de Extremadura, Servicio de Publicaciones, 2020 (In collaboration with Victoria Alzina).


Organised events

Co-convenor: Cambridge Hispanic and Lusophone Research Seminar Series 2022-23

Co-convenor: Cambridge Renaissance Seminar 2022-23

Conference organiser: XVIII Congreso Internacional ALEPH "Formas de pensar el cuerpo en las culturas hispánicas", Queens' College, Cambridge, 22-25 August 2022

Conference organising committee: 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry "Global Echoes: The Worlds of Early Modern Spanish Poetry", Clare College, Cambridge, 22-24 March 2022


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