Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright

Professor, Professor of Hispanic Studies and Screen Arts

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Professor of Hispanic Studies and Screen Arts

BA (Strath); PhD (Cantab)

DipTransIoL; Fellowship and Chartership

Chartered Institute of Linguists (FCIL); CL (Education)

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA)

Life Member, Clare Hall, Cambridge

Senior Associate Editor Bulletin of Spanish Studies and Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies

President-elect of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland


Professor Wright's research focuses on Spanish cinema, theatre and cultural studies.  She completed her PhD at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, before taking up a post at the University of Hull in 1999.  She moved to Royal Holloway as Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies in 2005.  Her first book, The Trickster-Function in the Theatre of García Lorca (Woodbridge: Támesis, 2000), explored Lorca’s lesser-known theatrical works.  Tales of Seduction: The Figure of Don Juan in Spanish Culture (London: I B Tauris, 2007; Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2012), continued the trickster theme, using an interdisciplinary approach to address the eponymous seducer, Don Juan, in different Spanish contexts of the twentieth-century.  The Child in Spanish Cinemawhose research was supported by an AHRC fellowship 2010-2011, was published in 2013 (paperback 2016) with Manchester University Press.  Locating the Voice in Film: Critical Approaches and Global Practices (Oxford University Press), co-edited with Tom Whittaker, was published in 2017. She also has research interests in Chilean cinema

Following the award of a grant from The Leverhulme Trust, from 2014-17 she was Principal Investigator of a project to establish a network of scholars working on 'Childhood and Nation in World Cinemas' (together with partners Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (University of New South Wales), Professor Emma Wilson (University of Cambridge) and Dr Zitong Qiu (Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University). Childhood and Nation in Contemporary World Cinemas (2017), co-edited with Stephanie Hemelryk-Donald and Emma Wilson, was published with Bloomsbury (paperback from summer 2018). 

Professor Wright is happy to consider supervising MA by research and PhD theses in any area of twentieth and twenty-first Spanish literature, film or culture or topics from other periods/contexts that relate to her research.

Sarah has consulted on Spanish translation for performance and collaborates with a number of research initiatives in the UK and Spain (for example, providing a literal translation for David Ireland's 2015 version of Lorca's Blood Wedding with Graeae).  She has also participated in post-show Q&As and recently appeared on In Our Time: Lorca, with Melvyn Bragg on Radio 4.  She was the proud recipient of an Apple for the Teacher Award presented by the Students’ Union at Royal Holloway in 2010. She was Association Secretary for the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI) from 2012-17 and has been a member of the AHRC peer review college since 2014. She is now a member of Royal Holloway's Centre for GeoHumanitiesGENET at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Superiores in Madrid and is one of the founding members of the Centre for Visual Studies at Royal Holloway.  She is also Senior Associate Editor of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies and Associate Editor of the Bulletin's new sibling journal the Bulletin of Spanish Visual StudiesA launch issue on Animals in Visual Hispanism, co-edited by Wright and Jo Evans, was published in 2017.  Professor Wright was Head of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway 2018-21, Deputy Head of School of Humanities 2019-20 and Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the School of Humanities 2019-21. She is currently President-elect of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland. 

Since 2007 Sarah has (co-) presented schools' workshops at the BFI for A-level Spanish.    





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