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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 obtained his BAs in Classical Philology (2019) and Hispanic Philology (2020) from Universidad de Extremadura (Spain). In the context of these studies, he spent 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 to pursue a MPhil in European, Latin American, and Comparative Literatures and Cultures (passed with Distinction). Since 2021, he is working on his doctoral thesis on early modern Spanish literature under the supervision of Rodrigo Cacho with the support of the Art and Humanities Research Council.



Carlos’s doctoral thesis explores the intersections between the poetry from the Spanish Siglo de Oro (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries) and early modern ideas about memory as found in rhetorical, psychological, and philosophical treatises. His approach is multidisciplinary, combining the insights afforded by literary historiography and criticism, the history of rhetoric, the history of ideas, and cognitive literary studies. His project hopes to shed new light on how the scientific, aesthetic and epistemological debates of the early modern period supplemented each other regarding literary practices, thus furthering our critical understanding of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain within the broader market of knowledge of humanistic Europe.

Other research interests include medieval and contemporary Spanish poetry, with a focus on ideology and formal aspects of narration; the history of rhetoric and poetics, with an emphasis on the arts of memory and the Aristotelian tradition; and cognitive approaches to literature focused on the role of embodiment and language.

Carlos welcomes collaborative research and projects. Together with Sergio Martínez Rey (Stanford University), he is currently organizing the Asociación ALEPH’s XVIII International Conference Formas de pensar el cuerpo en las culturas hispánicas, taking place in Cambridge in August 2022. He is also working on a collaborative research project with Lucia Delaini (Northwestern University) on embodiment and memory, and with Víctor Bermúdez (Universidad de Salamanca) on cognitive poetics. During the first lockdown of 2020, he joined forces with Victoria Alzina (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos) and Miguel Ángel Lama (Universidad de Extremadura) to edit Conclausa, a monograph on the 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 (2021-2024)

Honorary Cambridge International & King's College Scholarship (2021)

“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)



Iglesias-Crespo, Carlos. 2022, forthcoming. ‘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 (Winter)

Iglesias-Crespo, Carlos. 2021, forthcoming. ‘Energeia as Defamiliarization: Reading Aristotle with Shklovsky’s Eyes’, Journal for the History of Rhetoric, vol. 24, n. 3: 274-89.

Iglesias-Crespo, Carlos. 2021. ‘El pacto onírico en Don Julián y Paisajes después de la batalla de Juan Goytisolo’, Anuario de Estudios Filológicos, vol. 44: 103-22.

Iglesias-Crespo, Carlos. 2020. ‘La importancia de los tratados psicológicos aristotélicos para los estudios retóricos’, Talia Dixit. Revista Interdisciplinar de Retórica e Historiografía, vol. 15: 123-132.

Alzina Lozano, Victoria and Carlos Iglesias-Crespo (eds.). 2020. Conclausa (Cáceres: Universidad de Extremadura, Servicio de Publicaciones). ISBN: 978-84-09-21540-9.


Plenary lectures

‘Stamping Down the Emotions: Syncretism, Embodied Cognition, and Ars Memorativa in Giulio Camillo’s Theatre of Memory’, Texts and Images of the Memory. Second Meeting of the Medieval and Early Modern Mnemonic Society, 13-15 September 2021, Cáceres, Universidad de Extremadura.


Conference papers

Iglesias-Crespo, Carlos. 2022, forthcoming. ‘The Pen and the Sword: Herrera’s Rhetoric of Literary Glory’, International Society for the History of Rhetoric Twenty-Third Biennial Conference, 26-30 July 2022, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Iglesias-Crespo, Carlos. 2022, forthcoming. ‘Fernando de Herrera, poeta e historiador: los ecos de Salustio y Lucrecio en el prólogo de Francisco de Medina a las Anotaciones’, Global Echoes: The Worlds of Early Modern Spanish Poetry: 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, 22-24 March 2022, Clare College (Cambridge).

Iglesias-Crespo, Carlos. 2021, forthcoming. ‘La influencia de Aristóteles sobre las relaciones entre psicología y retórica en la Anotaciones de Herrera’, XI Congreso Internacional «Jóvenes Investigadores Siglo de Oro» (JISO 2021) [Online], 14-16 de diciembre de 2021.

Iglesias-Crespo, Carlos. 2021. ‘Identidad proteica y emancipación: una lectura de Reivindicación del conde don Julián desde la dialéctica hegeliana’, XVII Congreso Internacional ALEPH, 28 June - 1 July, Valencia, Universitat de València.

Iglesias-Crespo, Carlos and Victoria Alzina Lozano. 2021. ‘Conclausa: An Intersection between Academia, Art and Society in Response to Covid-19 in Spain’, 13th Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium (GRAPHSY): Academia: cuarentena y crisis/quarentena e crise (online), 18-19 February, Washington DC, Georgetown University.


Other activities and roles

Carlos is currently collaborating with the organisation of the 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry "Global Echoes: The Worlds of Early Modern Spanish Poetry", taking place in Cambridge in March 2022. Parallel to his role as organiser of its XVIII Conference, he is also the vice-president of the Asociación ALEPH. He is a member of the Society for Mnemonic Studies, as well as a Committee Member of the Cambridge University Spanish Society. During the academic year 2020-21, he was Student Representative for the MPhil in ELAC in the Postgraduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics.


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