People

Steering Committee

Ian Haywood


Professor of English Literature, University of Roehampton, UK. President

Ian Haywood is Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Research in Romanticism at the University of Roehampton, London. He is also President of the British Association of Romantic Studies (BARS).
Ian has written numerous books on Romanticism including The Revolution in Popular Literature: Print, Politics and the People, 1790-1832 (CUP, 2004), Bloody Romanticism: Spectacular Violence and the Politics of Representation, 1776-1832 (Palgrave, 2006), and Romanticism and Caricature (CUP 2013). He also co-edited Romantic Period Writings 1798-1832 (Routledge 1998) and The Gordon Riots: Politics, Culture and Insurrection in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain (CUP, 2012). He has received research awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, and the Beinecke Library, Yale University. He is co-organiser of two networks, 'Romantic Illustration' and 'Anglo-Hispanic Horizons' and is currently working on representations of 'Romantic' Spain in the radical press and caricature. He is also Vice President of the British Association for Romantic Studies.

Susan Valladares


Junior Research Fellow/Lecturer in English Literature, University of Oxford, UK. Secretary

My research interests span the long eighteenth century, with a special focus on political history, gender, autobiographies, Romantic-period theatre and print culture. My doctoral research focused on English theatre during the Peninsular War; asking what the contemporary repertoire's staging, publication, and reception history reveal about the nation's literary tastes and political self-awareness. I am currently revising my thesis for monograph publication, and am working on a new project on eighteenth-century theatre practices.

Agustín Coletes Blanco


Catedrático de Filogía Inglesa, Universidad de Oviedo, España

Professor Agustín Coletes Blanco holds a PhD in English Studies and teaches at the University of Oviedo in Spain. He is also an honorary visiting professor of Hull University in Britain. He has published widely on cultural and literary reception and on British travellers in Northern Spain. He is the editor and Spanish translator of Johnson's Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (2006), Byron's Mediterranean Letters and Poems (2010) and, in co-authorship, English Poetry of the Peninsular War (2013). Recent work also includes Literary Allusion in Johnson's Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (2009) and several articles on Byron. Professor Coletes Blanco is the leader of the GIR or certified research group "Other Languages" (OLE-4), which includes 16 researchers from several European and American universities. His most recent experience as an international research team leader was the Project "Other Languages, Other Weapons" (OLE'11 Project), an I+D+i Spanish national project implemented in 2011-2014. With very limited means, the 8-strong international project team launched a webpage which boasts a substantial free access e-library of (mostly forgotten) poems on the Peninsular War (1808-1814) written in English, French, German and Portuguese. The project team has also published four substantial bilingual anthologies of poems on the Peninsular War, with introductory studies and notes, and several articles and parts of books. Project results have been graded as "Very Satisfactory" (MINECO, 16/07/2015).

Diego Saglia


Associate Professor of English Literature, University of Parma, Italy.

My research focuses on Romantic-period literature and culture, also in its contacts with other European traditions, and I have been working on Anglo-Spanish relations for a number of years. Some of my publications in this field are Byron and Spain: Itinerary in the Place of Writing (1996), Poetic Castles in Spain: British Romanticism and Figurations of Iberia (2000) and the first critical edition of Robert Southey's Roderick, the Last of the Goths (in Robert Southey: Later Poetical Works 1811-38, gen. eds Timothy Fulford and Lynda Pratt, 2012). My essays on Anglo-Spanish topics have appeared in several international journals and edited books, including, most recently 'Entre Albión y el Oriente: orientalismo romántico y construcción de la identidad nacional en el exilio londinense', in La Península romántica: El Romanticismo europeo y las letras españolas del XIX, ed. José María Ferri Coll y Enrique Rubio Cremades (2014).

Alicia Laspra Rodríguez


Prefesora Titular de Filología Inglesa, Universidad de Oviedo, España

Alicia Laspra-Rodráguez holds a PhD in English Studies and is Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Oviedo in Spain. She has published widely on Anglo-Spanish relationships in the 19th Century and is the editor and Spanish translator of several major collections of Peninsular War documents mostly drawn on The National Archives (Richmond) and Wellington Papers (Southampton University). She teaches Applied Linguistics, Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis in English. Her latest book, in co-authorship with A. Coletes, is English Poetry of the Peninsular War (2013). She is coordinator of a Master's Degree in English Language for CLIL in Secondary Education. She was Visiting Senior Lecturer at King's College-London (2014). She is the Spanish academic representative in the international Committee Peninsular War 200. www.peninsularwar200.org

Juan Luis Sánchez


Assistant Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles, US

Juan Sánchez is an Assistant Professor at UCLA in the department of English. His research interests include British Romanticism, Transatlantic Literary Studies, the Global 19th Century, and 19th-Century Anglo-Hispanic literary culture. His current book project, Spain and the British Romantic Imagination, focuses on the role of Spain in the development of romantic-period literature, specifically with respect to its cultural contributions to the formation of British liberal thought. He is also the author of several articles that engage the topic of Spain and British Romanticism, the most recent of which, "Hemans and the Politics of Literature," has just been published by Studies in Romanticism.