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Research 

I have research interests in early modern Spanish thought and literature (Saavedra Fajardo, Calderón, Castillo Solórzano) as well as theories of the baroque (Benjamin). My first monograph-length project explores the place of Calderón de la Barca in Walter Benjamin’s postdoctoral thesis on baroque drama, Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels (Origin of the German Trauerspiel, 1928), with reference to contemporary discussions of the reading experience. It presents Ursprung not as another scholarly study, but as a work of the imagination exploring the excitingly different worldview of a remote period. 

My current project is about representations of war, race, and sovereignty in Spanish baroque literature. I am also preparing an article about Alonso de Castillo's picaresque La garduña de Sevilla (1642) and the debates about fiction in early modern Spain. 

Teaching

I teach lectures, seminars, and tutorials on early modern Spanish thought and literature (1543–1695) for the FHS in Spanish, as well as the Prelims Spanish course. I have also taught tutorials on modern German thought for the FHS in German.

Publications

Walter Benjamin's Calderón: Literary Criticism and the Baroque, Series in Comparative Literature, 58 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2025). 

'Walter Benjamin interpreta a Calderón: inmanencia y transcendencia en El príncipe constante (1629)', Bulletin of the Comediantes, vol 75., no. 2 (2024) (in press).

'Baroque Sovereignty Reconsidered: Walter Benjamin Quotes Diego Saavedra Fajardo', Modern Language Review, vol. 119, no. 1 (2024), 1–15. doi: 10.1353/mlr.2024.a916725.

'Calderón y el drama barroco según Walter Benjamin en El origen del Trauerspiel alemán (1928)'Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, vol. 100, no. 7 (2023), 675–90. 

'Propaganda e imperio: el asesinato de Albrecht von Wallenstein según El prodigio de Alemania (1634), de Calderón de la Barca,' eHumanista, vol. 55 (2023), 37–49.