School of Arts, English and Languages (AEL)
Professor Torres has an international reputation in Spanish Renaissance (‘Golden Age’) Literary and Cultural Studies; her major contribution has been in the field of Renaissance and Baroque poetics.
Professor Torres' expertise lies in the research and teaching of ‘Golden Age’ Spain - a period of extraordinary historical circumstances and radical cultural transformation. Taken collectively, her work attempts to posit a more plural understanding of the period; to redefine a culture through a redefinition of the poetry that is located at the centre of that culture's own self image. Her research has always been a catalyst for a broader re-evaluation of poetics that has relevance far beyond the confines of the period. There is, at its core, a timely focus on the processes as well as the products of thinking.
In 2016, Professor Torres was elected to the Royal Spanish Academy – one of Spain’s highest accolades – in recognition of her outstanding scholarly contribution to Spanish literature.
Early Modern Spanish Literature and Culture; Spanish Language; Renaissance Humanism; Classical Heritage.
Professor Torres was elected to the Real Academia Española in 2016 as a Corresponding Fellow in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Spanish literature. She served as President of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (2015-2018), and is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees. She is a member of the International Advisory Board for Tamesis, and Executive General Editor of the international research journal, Bulletin of Spanish Studies (https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cbhs20).
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