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Professor Kirsty Hooper

Professor of Hispanic Studies

Head and shoulders portrait of Professor Hooper


Email: k dot hooper at warwick dot ac dot uk
Twitter: @booksonspain
CV: open as PDF

Humanities Building, University Road, 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.

Research interests

Kirsty is a specialist in Spanish, Anglo-Spanish and Galician cultural history since 1800. Her particular interests include the global nineteenth century; mobilities (travel, tourism, migration, commerce); relational approaches to cultural history, and the use of digital technologies for humanities research. She co-ordinates the Hispanic Liverpool Project, which works with families, history groups and arts organizations to recover the forgotten stories of Liverpool's Basque, Galician, Spanish, Filipino and Latin American communities.

*** Now published! ***

The Edwardians and the Making of a Modern Spanish Obsession (Liverpool UP)

What did the Edwardians know about Spain, and what was that knowledge worth? The Edwardians and the Making of a Modern Spanish Obsession draws on a vast store of largely unstudied primary source material to investigate Spain’s place in the turn-of-the-century British popular imagination. Set against a background of unprecedented emotional, economic and industrial investment in Spain, the book traces the extraordinary transformation that took place in British knowledge about the country and its diverse regions, languages and cultures between the tercentenary of the Spanish Armada in 1888 and the outbreak of World War I twenty-six years later.

This empirically-grounded cultural and material history reveals how, for almost three decades, Anglo-Spanish connections, their history and culture were more visible, more colourfully represented, and more enthusiastically discussed in Britain’s newspapers, concert halls, council meetings and schoolrooms, than ever before. It shows how the expansion of education, travel, and publishing created unprecedented opportunities for ordinary British people not only to visit the country, but to see the work of Spanish and Spanish-inspired artists and performers in British galleries, theatres and exhibitions. It explores the work of novelists, travel writers, journalists, scholars, artists and performers to argue that the Edwardian knowledge of Spain was more extensive, more complex and more diverse than we have imagined.

Current Projects


Selected Essays and Book Chapters



  • 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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