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Hispanic Research Journal


Hispanic Research Journal

Hispanic Research Journal promotes and disseminates research into the cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, from the Middle Ages to the present day. The fields covered include literature and literary theory, cultural history and cultural studies, language and linguistics, and film and theatre studies. Hispanic Research Journal publishes articles in four languages; Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, and English, and encourages, especially through its features section, debate and interaction between researchers all over the world who are working in these fields.

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Meet the Editors

Meet our HRJ Editors in this video, and read their biographies below!


Ralph Penny
Editor 2003-2011

Ralph Penny is Research Professor and Professor Emeritus of Romance Philology in the School of Languages, Literature and Film at Queen Mary, University of London. Before retirement in 2005, he was a member of its Department of Hispanic Studies (and its predecessors) for thirty-nine years. His main academic interests lie in the fields of Romance, especially Iberian, dialectology, and the history of the Spanish language. His books include Variation and Change in Spanish (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and A History of the Spanish Language (second edition, Cambridge University Press, 2002).
He was one of a group of colleagues responsible for the founding of Hispanic Research Journal and has been a member of its Editorial Board since its inception. From 2003 to 2011 he was its Editor-in-Chief.

Ralph Penny describes the scope & benefits of the online archive of the journal he has worked on for eight years...

The online archive of Hispanic Research Journal reveals a broad range of articles dealing with the languages, literatures of the Iberian and Latin American worlds, as well as the film and other visual arts produced in those regions.

Within this broad sweep, it is possible to identify particular thematic strands which are particularly evident over the eleven-year life of the journal. Iberian and Latin American film is one such strand, while others include Hispanic poetry and the history of the Spanish and Spanish-American theatre.

Readers may be especially attracted to the themed special issues that have been published over the years, on topics such as:

‘Unequal States; Gender in Latin American Independence’ (7.1)

‘The Transnational in Iberian and Latin American Cinemas’ (8.1)

‘Institutionalizing Cultural Studies’ (9.1)

‘The Work of Robert Pring-Mill’ (10.1)

‘After 1808: The Spirit of the Age in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Liberalism’ (11.1)


Trevor J. Dadson
 Incoming Editor in 2012

Trevor J. Dadson is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. Previously he held the same position at Queen’s University Belfast and at the University of Birmingham.

He has written and published extensively on the literature, especially poetry, and political, socioeconomic, and cultural history of the Spanish Golden Age, with special emphasis on the life and works of the poets Gabriel Bocángel y Unzueta and Diego de Silva y Mendoza, Count of Salinas.

He is widely known for his work on private libraries and book ownership, and more recently for his ground-breaking research on the Moriscos of New Castile, their assimilation into Castilian society and resistance to the expulsions of 1609–14.He is currently working with Professor Helen Reed on an edition of all of the letters and documents written and/or signed by the Princess of Éboli to be accompanied by a new biography based on the new material they have found.

Recent books include a study of the printing of the Rimas (1634) of Lupercio and Bartolomé Leonardo de Argensola (published by the Institución Fernando el Católico, Zaragoza, 2010), and a collection of his historical articles on the Count of Salinas with the University of Granada Press (July 2011).

In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. He is currently President of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain & Ireland and a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellow.

He joined the Editorial Board of Hispanic Research Journal in September 2004 and took over as Editor-in-Chief in October 2011.



Tom Nickson
Visual Arts Issue Co-Editor

Dr Tom Nickson specialises in medieval art, architecture and visual culture, particularly in the Iberian Peninsula. He has been a lecturer at the University of York since 2009.

Recent work interrogates the connections between art and belief in medieval Iberia, particularly as a consequence of encounters between Christian, Islamic and Jewish traditions. His undergraduate courses cover material that ranges geographically from Prague to Portugal, and chronologically from eighth-century Aachen to nineteenth-century Yorkshire. He also teaches a specialist postgraduate course on cross-cultural contacts in medieval Iberia.

Tom is Director of the Medieval Art and Medievalisms  Research School in York's History of Art Department, and Co-Editor of the annual Visual Arts issue of HRJ.



Kelly Donahue-Wallace

Visual Arts Issue Co-Editor

© The UNM Foundation, Albuquerque, NM87102)

Dr Kelly Donahue-Wallace is the author of Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America 1521-1821 and holds the position of Associate Professor of Latin American Art at the University of North Texas. Her area of research specialization is Mexican colonial prints and she is currently completing a book on Jerónimo Antonio Gil, founder of the Royal Academy of San Carlos. Her research on Mexican prints is published in Print Quarterly, The Americas, Colonial Latin American Review, Colonial Latin American Historical Review, Mexican Studies, and the Anales del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas.

In addition to her teaching in the art history programme at UNT, Kelly is the founding coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies undergraduate degree. 


Co-Editor Tom Nickson tells us about the Visual Arts issue...

HRJ Visual Arts Issue 13.5, Dec 2012
Special issue: Picturing Kingship in Medieval Castile

This special issue includes four articles based on papers from a conference held in York in July 2011. Three established scholars and one young, promising academic have written articles that intersect around two themes: the image of the king in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Castile, and the cloister of Burgos cathedral.

The manuscripts, sculptures and buildings discussed are amongst the very finest of their age, but are almost unknown outside Spain, and little has been published on them in English. Accompanied by magnificent colour illustrations, these articles include stories of love, fury, deception and pride that will be of interest to historians and art historians, both of Spain and medieval Europe. 

Between ceremonial and chronicle: The book of the Coronation of the Kings of Castile,
Eduardo Carrero 

Two royal weddings and a funeral: Burgos 1219, 1269, 1275,
Francisco Hernández

Inscribed/Effaced. The Royal Manuscripts of the Alfonsine Estorias after 1284,
Rosa Ma Rodríguez Porto 

Undressing the Past: Love, identity and conversion in 14th-century Burgos,
Rocío Sánchez Ameijeiras


Trevor Dadson, Incoming Editor, talks about the upcoming film issue...

It is clear that the frequency of articles on film has increased notably from one year to the next; it may well be that HRJ is now seen as an important and prestigious journal in which to publish articles on Spanish and Latin American film.

The breadth of the research is also interesting: from established directors such as Carlos Saura and Luis Buñuel to more recent, avant-garde directors such as Pedro Almodóvar and Cesc Gay, and from Spanish and Mexican cinema to social film, documentary and TV.

This is looking like a very healthy research area and one in which HRJ is playing a full part, as the number of new film articles for volume 13 demonstrates.

We've highlighted some great film content for you here which is free until 15th February 2012: 

Foundational Myths, Repressed Maternal Metaphors and Desengaño: Iconography in Vacas (1992), Jo Evans

 Del diálogo y sus límites en La pelota vasca: la piel contra la piedra, Antonio Gómez L-Quiñones,

 Báilame el agua: la espiral de la heroína en el Madrid post-movida, Jorge González del Pozo

Género, ética y arte: el papel de Marco Zuloaga en Hable con ella de Pedro Almodóvar, Robin Fiddian

 La configuración de la mirada en dos películas de Verónica Chen, Beatriz Urraca

La prima Angélica de Carlos Saura en el contexto del tardofranquismo, José Jurado Morales



Legenda books in Hispanic and Portuguese literature

The Legenda collection, published by Maney in association with the Modern Humanities Research Association, produces numerous books annually on the subject of Hispanic and Portuguese literature.

Recently published:

Portuguese Modernisms: Multiple Perspectives on Literature and the Visual Arts
Edited by Steffen Dix and Jerónimo Pizarro
978 1 906540 79 1

Examining Whiteness: Reading Clarice Lispector through Bessie Head and Toni Morrison
Lucia Villares
978 1 906540 47 0

Gender, Nation and the Formation of the Twentieth-Century Mexican Literary Canon
Sarah E L Bowskill
978 1 907975 05 9

Forthcoming in 2012:

Spanish Practices: Literature, Cinema, Television
Paul Julian Smith
978 1 907975 04 2

Pessoa in an Intertextual Web: Influence and Innovation
Edited by David Frier
978 1 907747 93 9

See the online Legenda catalogue for more books and to order.

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The HRJ Visual Arts issue is published annually and is available as part of a membership to the following societies:


American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies

The American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies was founded in 1974 to promote the study of the history of the visual arts of the Iberian Peninsula. It invites participation from all those in disciplines with research and scholarly interests in the visual culture of Spain and Portugal from prehistory to the present.

To that end, the association has documented its membership’s activities with a newsletter.  Members regularly present their research at a number of conferences and institutions, thereby advancing the mission of the organization. Moreover, they have been key figures in the increase of English-language publications on Iberian and Ibero-American topics. The literature helps to disseminate knowledge throughout the United States, Canada, and elsewhere.

More recently, the publishing activity motivated ASHAHS to team up with ARTES for an annual Visual Arts issue of the Hispanic Research Journal. The journal is an important resource for ASHAHS members in their work on the history of Iberian and Ibero-American art and architecture.



Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group

By Susan Wilson, ARTES chair

ARTES is a group, based in the UK and Ireland and with strong international links, dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of Iberian and Latin American art and culture.

We organise visits for all our members to see exhibitions, from "Pintura de Los Reinos" a survey exhibition of post Columbian painting in Latin America last year in the Prado Museum, Madrid to a recent visit to Bonhams to view the newly discovered painting thought to be by Velasquez which was found in an attic in Whitstable. Such visits are an essential part of ARTES’ identity and provide an invaluable chance to discuss works and exchange views with our members.

ARTES members receive the Annual Visual Arts Issue of Hispanic Research Journal as part of their membership.

Read more about ARTES here.

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Special issue: Negotiating Power in the Iberian Inquisitions: Courts, Crowns, and Creeds.

Edited by Tyler Fisher and Catarina Fouto.

This issue is free if you sign up to our mailing list above!

Guest Editor Dr Tyler Fisher tells us more in his video:

This special issue of the Hispanic Research Journal comprises an array of approaches and perspectives on the early modern Inquisitions of the Spanish and Portuguese empires. It includes detailed case studies of particular procesos alongside wide-ranging, comparative analyses of these  Inquisitions’ evolution overseas and over time.


Retrato del Cardenal, ca1600, oil on canvas.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The papers brought together here began as contributions to a one-day conference held at Exeter College, University of Oxford, on 15 March 2010; their present form reflects revisions made in the light of comments from the audience on that occasion, as well as insights gleaned from the culminating round-table discussion. Each paper also makes use of newly discovered archival sources or previously underappreciated documentation. This introduction provides a brief overview of their most significant conclusions and implications within the context of recent research.

Woodcut from James Salgado’s The Slaughter-House

While the Spanish Inquisition has long attracted the bulk of both scholarly and popular attention, its younger sibling, the Portuguese Inquisition (established in 1536), also played a major role in shaping Iberian influence in the Atlantic and beyond. Beginning with Charles Boxer’s The Church Militant and Iberian Expansion (1978), scholarship has increasingly recognized the importance of a comparative approach which takes both institutions into account....

Read the full introduction here.

This issue is free until 15th February. Simply sign up at the top of the page and download the free content!


About Dr Tyler Fisher

Guest Editor of the special issue on Iberian Inquisitions

Upon completing a BA in English Literature and a second BA in Spanish at the University of Central Florida in 2003, Tyler Fisher became the first student from that university to attain a Rhodes Scholarship. This enabled him to pursue graduate studies at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, where his Master’s and doctoral research concerned metaliterary devices and Counter-Reformation theology in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Spanish poetry. He was subsequently Queen Sofía Research Fellow and Lecturer in Spanish at Exeter College, Oxford (2008-2011).

Dr Fisher’s ongoing research projects include a study of autobiographical testimonies from inquisitional procesos, and an analysis of microcuentos by the present-day author José María Merino. His translation of José Martí’s Ismaelillo was published in 2007, and his translation of a sixteenth-century manual for Spanish inquisitors is forthcoming as The Inquisitor’s Handbook in the Aris and Phillips Hispanic Classics series.








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Find the journal at 2012 conferences...

Maney will be displaying HRJ at many events in 2012 including:

Modern Language Association Convention
5th-9th Jan
Seattle, USA
We will be at booth number 230 with discounts on this journal and many more!

Society for Latin American Studies  
18th-20th, July, Sheffield, UK

International Medieval Congress
9th-12th July, Leeds, UK




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