Sara Torres, MA in Critical Methodologies (King's College London) BA in Spanish Language and Literature (University of Oviedo, Spain)
PhD Student in Hispanic Studies
I am currently working on my PhD thesis ‘The Lesbian Text: Fetish, Fantasy and Queer Becomings’, an interdisciplinary research project which analyses how desire is socially channeled into heterosexual narratives that organize life and give meaning to the world around us. This thesis examines the logics and vanishing points of the heterosexual fantasy-scheme through a critical apparatus which seeks to create an encounter between feminist psychoanalytic approaches to the question of desire, and those provided by feminist readings of philosophers in the line of Spinoza, Deleuze and Guattari. Together with a strong focus on lesbian critical methodologies, my investigation will provide a close reading of literary texts by the Spanish-speaking authors Esther Tusquets, Ena Lucía Portela, Gloria Anzaldúa and Carmelita Tropicana. The authors whose texts I analyse explore alternatives of being in which the notion of ‘value’ is not linked to the body’s ability for production and reproduction.
Supervisors: Prof Omar García and Dr Ángela Dorado-Otero
Research interests: desire and affect, psychoanalytic theory, new materialism, lesbian and queer studies, crip theory, corporeal feminist politics
Examples of research funding:
QMUL Principal’s Postgraduate Research Studentship
I have written the poetry books La otra genealogía, Madrid: Torremozas, 2014 (Gloria Fuertes National Poetry Prize); Conjuros y Cantos. Barcelona: Kriller71, 2016; and Phantasmagoria, Madrid: La Bella Varsovia (to be launched in April 2018), and one novel, Vida mínima, completed during my time as artist in residence at the Fundación Antonio Gala, in Córdoba Spain (October 2015 until May 2016).