My main research interests focus mainly on contemporary Catalan literature, with special interest in poetry and narrative, the construction of identity and cross-disciplinary discourses. My thesis analysed the role of English poetry in the work of Gabriel Ferrater. It dealt specifically with theories of modernity, processes of canonisation, and presented a sociological and philosophical approach to the construction of a collective voice following Simmel and Bergson’s ideas. My research received support from two grants issued by institutional bodies, the AHRC and the former individual Beca Batista i Roca by the Catalan government (2001-2003).
Other research grants I have received:
- Leverhulme Trust Research Grant (2016-19) - Co-Investigator (CI), Inner and Outer Exile in Fascist Germany and Spain: A Comparative Study. PI: Prof John Klapper (University of Birmingham).
- Ministerio de Economía y y competitividad I+D Ref. FFI2015-65110-P (2015-18) - Co-Investigator (CI), New Subjectivities in Contemporary Catalan Production. PI: Dr M. Pons (Universitat Illes Balears).
- Universitat Illes Balears Research Leave Grant (Oct-Dec, 2015) - Visiting Researcher.
From the perspective of exile theories, I have also explored the creation of Catalan communities in exile and the work of poets such as Josep Palau i Fabre and Montserrat Abelló. My recent research on the poetry of Abelló has led me to the study of the body and its representations in Catalan poetry. I am committed to all aspects of Catalan Studies. In 2009, I organised a one-day conference on the intersection of Poetry and Architecture in Catalonia. In 2010, I completed work on a Historical Dictionary of the Catalans with Dr Helena Buffery of the University of Cork. Currently, I am working on the publication of revised and expanded version of my thesis.
I am a member of the Centre for the Study on Hispanic Exile and I was a co-investigator on a British Academy-supported project on ‘Exile Remains’ directed by Professor Francis Lough (2006-2007).