School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Catherine Maguire

PhD Student: Hispanic Studies



My PhD explores the religious, social and physiological meaning of motherhood in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain. It asks how emotional and physical factors intersect in the construction of the maternal subject and will seek to fill an important gap in the study of gender in early modern Spain. More broadly, I am interested in Mariology and hagiography in the medieval and early modern periods, female piety, pre-modern medicine and the dialogue between modern theories of identity and pre-modern sources. Before coming to Queen Mary, I took a BA in Modern and Medieval Languages from Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge and was awarded a studentship in Hispanic and Lusophone studies to research an MPhil in medieval and early modern European literature at Clare College, Cambridge.  I am funded by Queen Mary’s Centre for the History of the Emotions.

Supervisors: Dr Elena Carrera and Dr Rosa Vidal-Doval