My research centers on early modern Spanish fiction and its engagement with its aesthetic, social and philosophical context. Much of my published and ongoing work examines various levels of interplay between convention and transgression in the writings of Miguel de Cervantes. I am particularly interested in how the literary form of the novel is developed by Cervantes and other early modern authors as a discursive space in which to explore and transgress aesthetic and social conventions of representation and interpretation. This broad topic has led to a variety of specific research projects, including studies of visual and verbal representation and interpretation in Don Quijote, the translation of Cervantes’s critical aesthetic to seventeenth century England and eighteenth century Spain, and analyses of Cervantes’s disruption of conventional treatments of affect and humor. In my current work I continue to tease out the various permutations and significance of the association of the visual and the verbal in Cervantes while initiating other avenues of research including inquiries into the formal and social implications of the irruption of marginal and marginalized discourse in early modern fiction and into the aesthetic and epistemological conditions of wonder in the early modern novel.
In addition to my individual research, I am a member of the international research group Grupo de Estudios Cervantinos (GREC), in which I contribute to the project “Recepción e interpretación del Quijote (1605-1830)”.