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Melanie Henry

Having completed a BA (2005) and MA (2007) in Spanish at Queen’s, I returned in September 2008 to undertake doctoral study under the supervision of Dr. Isabel Torres.

My area of study is Golden-Age theatre and in particular, the work of Miguel de Cervantes. As part of my MA dissertation, I examined two of Cervantes’s Ocho comedias, engaging with the critical neglect suffered by his theatre in contrast with the level of scholarly attention accorded to his prose work. Doctoral study, therefore, allows me to extend my analysis across all eight plays. My thesis is entitled ‘The Signifying Self: Cervantine Drama as Counter-Perspective Aesthetic’. The project is concerned with Cervantes’s persistent, albeit polyvalent, representation of freedom and his portrayal of the individual as an entity in and of itself. In light of this, I am investigating the dramatist’s approach as a counter-perspective to contemporary Golden-Age drama and interrogating the theatrical strategies which he employs to highlight manipulative uses of art. 

My experience of PhD life has been very positive and I find my work both challenging and rewarding. I have also had the opportunity to attend a Golden-Age symposium in University College Cork.

Teaching:

I teach language at Level 1B - for Beginners.