BA (Strath); PhD (Cantab)
DipTransIoL; FCIL; CL (Education)
Life Member, Clare Hall, Cambridge
Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Association Secretary for the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI)
Dr 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 Cinema, whose 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, 2017), co-edited with Tom Whittaker, has just been published. A recent interest is Chilean cinema.
Following the award of a grant from The Leverhulme Trust, from 2014-16 she was Principal Investigator of a project to establish a network of scholars working on 'Childhood and Nation in World Cinemas' http://childnationcinema.org (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, co-edited with Stephanie Hemelryk-Donald and Emma Wilson, has just been published.
Dr 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.
Dr Wright has consulted on Spanish translation for performance and collaborates with a number of research initiatives in the UK and Spain (most recently providing a literal translation for David Ireland's 2015 version of Lorca's Blood Wedding with Graeae). She was the proud recipient of an Apple for the Teacher Award presented by the Students’ Union at Royal Holloway in 2010. She is a member of the AHRC peer review college; Royal Holloway's Centre for GeoHumanities and GENET at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Superiores in Madrid. She is also Associate Editor of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies and Associate Editor of the Bulletin's new sibling journal the Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies. A special issue on Animals in Visual Hispanism, co-edited with Joanna Evans, is forthcoming in 2017.
Potential applicants for postgraduate study should contact the academics who are specialists in their areas of interest directly or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Activity: Conference contribution › Participation in conference
Activity: Awards › Election to learned society
Activity: Public engagement, outreach and knowledge exchange › Public Lecture/debate/seminar