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Laura Woolley-Núñez

PhD Translation & Transcultural Studies

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

Midlands4Cities profile



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 Castro from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and Professor Maureen Freely 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

Conferences and Events

The Culture of Fascism SymposiumLink opens in a new window (8 March 2023) — Producing Totalistarism: Fascism in the Cultural Imaginary (roundtable chair)

Scholarships and Awards

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


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


  • Emerging Translators Network