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Dr Elena Carrera, LicFil (Universidad de Zaragoza), MA (Nottingham), DPhil (Oxon)

Senior Lecturer In Hispanic Studies

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8429
Room Number: Arts One 127
Office Hours: On research leave (1 Jan.-30 June 2016)


Elena Carrera is Co-Director of the Centre for the History of the Emotions ( Her teaching focuses on the cultural, literary and social history of the Spanish Golden Age (modules on Spanish Inquisition and on Cervantes), as well as on comparative European culture (module on Madness Past and Present). She has edited a special issue of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies on madness and melancholy in early modern Spain (2010), and a collection of essays on emotion and health in medieval and early modern Europe (Brill, 2013). She is currently writing a book on Renaissance theories of emotion.




  • Teresa of Avila’s Autobiography: Authority, Power and the Self in Mid-Sixteenth-Century Spain (Oxford: Legenda, 2005)

Edited journal issues and books:

  • Madness and Melancholy in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-century Spain, special issue of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 87.8 (2010)

  • Emotions and Health, 1200-1700 (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013) [Google Books] [Publisher's website] (open in new window).

Publications in edited books and refereed journals:

  • ‘Teresa of Avila and Hélène Cixous: corps-à -corps with the mother’, in Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies 2 (1993), 409-418

  • ‘Heterophagous Passion: Eating the Other, Vomiting the Self’, in Inequality/Theory: Hispanisms, ed. Bernard McGuirk and Mark Millington (Lewiston: Edwin Mellen, 1995), pp. 117-39

  • ‘Intertextuality in Teresa de Avila´s Camino de perfección’, in Hers Ancient and Modern: Women’s Writing in Spain and Brazil, ed. Catherine Davies and Jane Whetnall, Manchester Spanish & Portuguese Studies, 6 (Manchester: University of Manchester, 1997), pp. 15-29

  • ‘Autoridad, autoría y política sexual en los textos de Teresa de Avila’, in Actas del XII Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas: Siglo de Oro, ed. Jules Whicker (Birmingham: University of Birmingham, 1998), pp. 87-97

  • ‘The Reception of Clarice Lispector via Hélène Cixous: Reading from the Whale’s Belly’, in Brazilian Feminisms, ed. Solange Ribeiro and Judith Still (University of Nottingham Press, 1999), pp. 85-100 [full text]

  • ‘The Fertile Mystical Maze: from Derrida’s Dry Theological Gorge to Cixous’s Dialogic Disgorging’, in Trajectories of Mysticism in Theory and Literature, ed. Philip Leonard (London: Macmillan Press, 2000; New York: St Martin’s Press, 2000), pp. 94-112

  • ‘Writing Rearguard Action, Fighting Ideological Selves: Teresa of Avila’s Reinterpretation of Gender Stereotypes in Camino de perfección’, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 79 (2002), 299-308

  • ‘The Spiritual Role of the Emotions in Mechtild of Magdeburg, Angela of Foligno, and Teresa of Avila’, in The Representation of Women’s Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, ed. Lisa Perfetti (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005), pp. 63-89.

  • ‘The Holy Innocents – Mario Camús, Spain, 1984’, in The Cinema of Spain and Portugal, ed. Alberto Mira (London: Wallflower Press, 2005), pp. 179-87

  • ‘Escritura femenina y literatura de viajes. Viajeras inglesas en la España del siglo XIX, lugares comunes y visiones particulares’, in Diez estudios sobre literatura de viajes, ed. Manuel Lucena Giraldo and Juan Pimentel (Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2006), pp. 109-130

  • ‘La teatralidad de las lágrimas en Don Quijote (1605)’, in Edad de Oro Cantabrigense. Actas del VII Congreso de la Asociacón Internacional del Siglo de Oro (AISO), ed. Anthony Close (Frankfurt/Madrid:Vervuert/Iberoamericana, 2006), pp. 149-54

  • ‘Pasión and Afección in Teresa of Avila and Francisco de Osuna’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 84.2 (2007), 175-91

  • ‘La hermenéutica de la paranoia en El columpio, de Cristina Fernández Cubas’, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies 13.1 (2007), 1-10

  • ‘Honra, Social Authority, and their Ideological Contradictions: Teresa of Avila’s Views (1565)’, Hispanic Research Journal 8.4 (2007), 307-317

  • ‘The Emotions in Sixteenth-Century Spanish Spirituality’, Journal of Religious History 31.3 (2007), 235-252

  • Review of Katharine Hodgkin, Madness in Seventeenth-Century Autobiography, in Reviews in History [full text]

  • ‘Lovesickness and the Therapy of Desire: Aquinas, cancionero Poetry and Teresa of Avila’s Muero porque no muero’, in Ars eloquentiae. Studies on Early Modern Poetry and Art in Honour of Terence O'Reilly, ed. Barry Taylor and Isabel Torres, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 86.6 (2009), 729-42 [full text, OPEN ACCESS]

  • Review of The She-Apostle: The Extraordinary Life and Death of Luisa de Carvajal, by Glyn Redworth (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), The English Historical Review CXXIV (2009), 1488-1490

  • ‘Madness and Melancholy in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-century Spain: New Evidence, New Approaches’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 87.8 (2010), 1-15 [full text, OPEN ACCESS]

  • ‘Understanding Mental Disturbance in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spain: Medical Approaches’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 87.8 (2010), 105-136 [full text, OPEN ACCESS]

  • ‘The uses of anger in medieval and early modern medicine‘, Wellcome History, 49 (Spring 2012), 6-7 [full text] [The History of Emotions Blog]

  • 'Introduction', Emotions and Health, 1200-1700 (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013)

  • 'Anger and the Mind-Body Connection in Medieval and Early Modern Medicine', in Emotions and Health, 1200-1700 (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013) [Google Books][Publisher's website]

  • 'The Social Dimension of Shame in Cervantes’s La fuerza de la sangre (1613)', Perífrasis: Revista de Literatura, Teoría y Crítica, 7 (2013), 19-36 [full text, OPEN ACCESS]

  • Embodied Cognition and Empathy in Cervantes’s El celoso extremeño (1613)', Hispania. 97.1 (2014), 113-24 [full text, OPEN ACCESS]

  • ‘La santa y la Inquisición: Teresa de Ávila’, in Historia National Geographic 135 (March 2015), 68-77.

  • 'El miedo en la historia: testimonios de la Gran Guerra, Rubrica Contemporanea 4.7 (2015), 47-66 [full text, OPEN ACCESS]
  • 'Pain, fear and joy: beyond hysteria’, The Psychologist (forthcoming)








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