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Laura Woolley-Núñez

PhD Translation & Transcultural Studies

Email: laura dot woolley-nunez at warwick dot ac dot uk

Midlands4Cities profile


FAB 4.41, Faculty of Arts Building


I am a first year PhD student in Translation and Transcultural Studies funded by the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. My research is supervised by Dr Olga CastroLink opens in a new window from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and Professor Maureen FreelyLink opens in a new window from the Warwick Writing Programme.


My practice-based project will translate Maria Teresa León’s (1903–1983) complex memoir Memoria de la Melancolia (1970) and produce a coexisting critical commentary to address the overarching research question of which feminist translation strategies are most fit for the purposes of recovering Spanish lost anti-Francoist women’s voices and presenting the historical context to a new target audience. It will contribute to filling the gaps left in the history of women authors during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) and Franco’s dictatorial regime (1939–1975) by using translation to reinstate the León’s anti-Francoist voice which has never been translated into English.

Research Interests

  • Transnational feminist translation studies
  • Feminist translation strategies
  • Practice-based translation research
  • Literary translation
  • Writing and translating exile
  • Translation and style
  • Autofiction and life writing


"Exploring feminist translation strategies in María Teresa León’s Memory of Melancholia" — International Postgraduate Conference in Translation and Interpreting 2023Link opens in a new window, 23–24 November 2023 (Heriot-Watt University)

"Translating testimonies of patriarchal violence: Memoria de la melancolía by María Teresa León" — WISPS XXIII Annual Conference Gender + ViolenceLink opens in a new window, 10–11 November 2023 (University of Warwick)

"Translating María Teresa León’s Memory of Melancholy" — Midlands4Cities Research Festival 2023Link opens in a new window, 4 October 2023 (Austin Court, Birmingham)

"Sites of Resistance in the Translation of Spanish Antifascist Autobiographical Writing" — When I Dare To Be Powerful International ConferenceLink opens in a new window, 21 June 2023 (Nottingham Trent University)


Organiser, Lit Translation Workshops which are open to research students and staff interested in literary translation practice (2022 – present). See the programme for 2023/24 hereLink opens in a new window.

Attended Bristol TranslatesLink opens in a new window summer school, 3–7 July 2023 (University of Bristol).

Attended Warwick School of Feminist TranslationLink opens in a new window, 11–12 May 2023 (University of Warwick).

Chaired roundtable "Producing Totalitarism: Fascism in the Cultural Imaginary" — The Culture of Fascism SymposiumLink opens in a new window, 8 March 2023 (University of Warwick).


​Graduate Teaching Assistant — first marker for the Spanish-language pathway of LN102 Translation: Methods and Practice (2023).

Scholarships and Awards

October 2022 — March 2026: Midlands4CitiesLink opens in a new window DTP scholarship (AHRC)


  • MA Literary Translation, 2021 (University of Warwick)
  • BA Journalism with Education, 2019 (University of Ulster)


  • Women in Spanish and Portuguese Studies (WISPS)
  • Society of Authors and Translators' Association
  • Emerging Translators Network

Office hours

By email appointment in-person or on Teams

Teaching 2023-24

Undergraduate Modules

LN102 Translation: Methods and Practice Link opens in a new window(Spanish tutor)

LN313 Undergraduate Translation ProjectLink opens in a new window

(projects with Spanish)

Postgraduate Modules

LN902 Translation Portfolio (projects with Spanish)