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Poetry, Rhetoric and Poetics

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Stanley Bill

Bill, Stanley

Stanley Bill works on twentieth-century Polish literature and culture, and on contemporary political discourse in Poland. He has particular interests in populist discourse, postcolonial interpretations of Polish cultural and political history, the poetics of the body, religion and secularization, and Polish-Ukrainian relations. He has written on the current Polish government's approach to civil society; monism and pluralism in Polish politics (with Ben Stanley); postcolonial theory in the Polish context; legacies of Polish Romanticism; and the works of Czesław Miłosz, Bruno Schulz, and Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Rodrigo Cacho

Cacho, Rodrigo

Rodrigo’s research focuses on Renaissance and Baroque cultures and Spanish American colonial literature. His scholarship has been concerned with literary genres such as burlesque and epic poetry, and the works of Francisco de Quevedo. It also treats aspects related to the transmission of culture in the early modern period, including interdisciplinary approaches such as theory of painting and the art of memory. The relationship between art and literature is another area of his research, with a particular interest in painters such as Diego Velázquez and Juan de Valdés Leal. He also works on colonial poetry, especially on the emergence of literary communities in the New World.

Mark Chinca

Chinca, Mark

Research interests centre on the languages of medieval literature, especially questions of poetics, form, and fiction; religious and devotional writing; minnesang; the Kaiserchronik; the beginnings of vernacular literature.

Dr Nicolò Crisafi

Crisafi, Dr. Nicolò

Dr Crisafi researches medieval Italian literature, with a special focus on the works of Dante Alighieri and venturing into the writings of Petrarch and Boccaccio. His interests lie in narrative theory, the role of the reader(s), the relation between language and affect, and the intersection between narrative forms and worldviews. His monograph Dante’s Masterplot and Alternative Narratives in the ‘Commedia’, forthcoming with OUP, explores paradoxes, detours, and representations of the future as alternatives to the dominant narrative of the Commedia: the teleological ‘masterplot’.

Stuart Davis

Davis, Stuart

Stuart’s research interests are varied. He has particular interests in memory, shame and other emotions in Hispanic literature, film and visual cultures, as well as long standing interests in canon theory, metacriticism, museum studies and representations of gender and sexuality. His current research work includes a longitudinal study of pedagogical canonicity identified through syllabi in UK universities’ Spanish departments; an article on transmission of affect in the work of artist Félix González Torres; an article on contemporary Spanish photographer Ouka Leele and her re-workings of canonical artworks.

Dr Isaias Fanlo

Fanlo, Isaias

Isaias Fanlo’s research include 20th–21st centuries Iberian, Latin American and Latinx literatures and cultures; queer theory and activism; representations of race; theatre, performance and scenic arts; film media studies; and history of photography. He is currently working on different publications that address intersectional topics such as testimonial queer/trans black narratives in theatre and performance, the problematics of postforgetting in Spanish culture and politics, and drag and non-binary imaginary in contemporary Spanish visual cultures.

Maya Feile Tomes

Feile Tomes, Maya

Maya's research revolves around the literary culture of the early modern Iberian world, focusing on transatlantic dialogues, multilingual dynamics (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Latin), and classical reception; she also has a special interest in translation.


Franklin-Brown, Mary

Mary Franklin-Brown studies medieval writing in French, Occitan, Latin, and Catalan. She interprets these texts though the dual lenses of medieval philosophy and current critical thought, and she also takes account of the material transmission of texts through performance or manuscript copy. Her Reading the World: Encyclopedic Writing of the Scholastic Age (University of Chicago Press, 2012), a Foucauldian archaeology of medieval encyclopaedias, received the Harry Levin Prize from the American Comparative Literature Association.


Professor Emma Gilby

Gilby, Prof. Emma

Emma Gilby works on literary and intellectual history, especially within the early modern period. Much of her research has focused on poetic theory and its connections to the rhetoric, philosophy and theology of seventeenth-century France.

Louise M Haywood

Haywood, Louise M

Louise Haywood's research interests lie in medieval Iberian literature and culture. Current work is on authority, truancy and humour in fourteenth-century Iberian culture and the poetics of vision and scholastic psychology in fifteenth-century literary culture. Other interests include the representation (modern and medieval) of the three faiths of medieval Iberia and feminist approaches to medieval culture.

Vivien Kogut Lessa de Sá

Kogut Lessa de Sá, Vivien

Vivien Kogut Lessa de Sá is interested in comparative studies in Brazilian, Portuguese and English literatures, early colonial Brazil and early modern travel writing. Her research explores sixteenth-century cultural exchanges between Europe and the New World, with a focus on interactions between England, Portugal and Brazil.

Professor Michael Moriarty

Moriarty, Prof. Michael (Emeritus)

Research interests: History of French thought, 16th to 18th centuries, especially Descartes and Pascal; Seventeenth-century French literature.


Rebecca Reich

Reich, Rebecca

Twentieth-century Russian literature, film, music and popular culture; literary politics; intellectual and cultural history; the history of science and medicine, particularly psychiatry; samizdat and dissent; journalism and print culture; literary theory; law and humanities.