Professor of Hispanic StudiesON LEAVE
Email: k dot hooper at warwick dot ac dot uk
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Arts Building
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
Kirsty joined Warwick in September 2012, after eight years at the University of Liverpool. Between 2012 and 2015, she was holder of a Philip Leverhulme Prize. In 2017, she was elected a Membro Correspondente of the Real Academia Galega, and in 2022 a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. From September 2020 - August 2023 she holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for the project Hispanic London: Culture, Commerce and Community in the Nineteenth-Century City.
Kirsty is a specialist in Spanish, Anglo-Spanish and Galician cultural history since 1800. Her particular interests include the global nineteenth century, mobilities, genealogies, and microhistories.
Jo Labanyi and Luisa Elena Delgado provide the first cultural history of modern literatures in Spain. With contributors Helena Buffery, Kirsty Hooper, and Mari Jose Olaziregi, they showcase the country’s cultural richness and complexity by working across its four major literary cultures – Castilian, Catalan, Galician, and Basque – from the eighteenth century to the present. Engaging critically with the concept of the “national”, Modern Literatures in Spain traces the uneven institutionalization of Spain’s diverse literatures in a context of Castilian literary hegemony, as well as examining diasporic and exile writing . The thematically organized chapters explore literary constructions of subjectivity, gender, and sexuality; urban and rural imaginaries; intersections between high and popular culture; and the formation of a public sphere. Throughout, readings are attentive to the multiple ways in which literature serves as a barometer of cultural responses to historical change. An introduction to major cultural debates as well as an original analysis of key texts, this book is essential reading for students and scholars with an interest in the literatures and cultures of Spain.
- Modern Literatures in Spain: A Cultural HistoryLink opens in a new window. Polity Books, 2022. Co-authored with Jo Labanyi, Elena Delgado, Helena Buffery, and Mari José Olaziregi.
- The Edwardians and the Making of a Modern Spanish ObsessionLink opens in a new window. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020.
- Mondariz-Vigo-Santiago: A Brief History of Galicia's Edwardian Tourist BoomLink opens in a new window [FULL TEXT!]. Mondariz: Fundacion Mondariz Balneario, 2013.
- Contemporary Galician Cultural Studies: Between the Local and the GlobalLink opens in a new window. New York: MLA, 2011. Co-ed. with Manuel Puga Moruxa.
- Writing Galicia into the World: New Cartographies, New PoeticsLink opens in a new window. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2011.
- A Stranger in my Own Land: Sofia Casanova, a Spanish Writer in the European fin de siecleLink opens in a new window. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2008.
Selected Essays and Book Chapters
- 'Rios, fontes, peiraos, and océanos: Hydropoetics and the Galician Cultural Imagination.' In Benita Sampedro Vizcaya and José Losada-Montero, eds. Rerouting Galician Studies: Multidisciplinary InterventionsLink opens in a new window. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017: 73-89.
- ‘Liverpool and the Luso-Hispanic World: Negotiating Global Histories at Empire’s End.’ In Akiko Tsuchiya and William Acree, eds. Empire’s End: Transnational Connections in the Hispanic WorldLink opens in a new window. Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, 2016: 34-59.
- 'A Tale of Two Empires? The Earl's Court Spanish Exhibition (1889).Link opens in a new window' [FULL TEXT] Modern Languages Open. October 2014. Read the follow-up blog.
- (2012) 'Revisitando as "novas cartografias" da cultura galega: lectura posnacionais, lecturas relacionaisLink opens in a new window' [FULL TEXT]. Galicia21 Vol. D (2012): 44-56.
- PGCert in Digital Humanities, University College London, 2015
- PGCert in Higher Education, University of Liverpool, 2009
- DPhil in Modern Languages, University of Oxford, 2003
- MSt in Slavonic Studies (Polish), University of Oxford, 1998
- BA (Hons) in Modern Languages (Spanish), University of Oxford, 1997
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