Dr Gabriel Sánchez Espinosa, reader in Hispanic Studies, is advisor of studies and year abroad tutor in Spanish and Portuguese Studies. He researches different aspects of the Spanish Enlightenment (history of ideas, history of reading, Neoclassical printing history and book market, autobiographies and letter writing). Other parallel research interests are Spanish 20th-century autobiographies and diaries (mainly Andrés Trapiello) and the book market of la Transición.
He is the author of La biblioteca de José Nicolás de Azara (Madrid, 1997) and Las memorias del ilustrado aragonés José Nicolás de Azara (Zaragoza, 2000). He is currently involved in an annotated edition of the letters written in Rome by the diplomat and writer J.-N. de Azara to the minister Manuel de Roda.
He is a regular contributor to The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, having been in charge of the section “Literature, 1700-1823”, since 1998. He is a committee member of Queen’s Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CECS), and is currently working in the BA-CSIC funded project Towards a catalogue of Madrid bookshops, 1759-1814 with Dr J Alvarez Barrientos (CSIC), and collaborating in the Ibarra Real project with J.-M. Ribagorda (Universidad Complutense).
Among his most recent published articles/chapters are:
His teaching interests, apart from the Eighteenth-Century, include Spanish 20th-century Memoirs and Autobiographies, the literary and cultural reception of the Spanish Civil War, and Spanish film and politics.
Gabriel graduated from Madrid’s Complutense University and wrote his PhD during his stay as lektor in Duisburg University (1985-1993).
His hobbies range from listening to Mozart’s operas to watching baseball games (he is a LA Dodgers fan).