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Dr PJ Lennon, Lecturer in Spanish and Comparative Literature

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Phone: 01334 462971
Office: Quad 65

Full research profile

Module surgery hours:
Monday, Thursday 9-10

Research and Teaching

I specialise in the Early Modern period with a focus on Hispanic literature and culture and the influences that helped shape it, particularly those of Renaissance Italy. My main areas of investigation include syncretism, classical reception, and gender.

My book project Beyond Neoplatonism: Love in the Poetry of Francisco de Aldana considers the importance of this particular Spanish-Neapolitan’s contribution to contemporary love lyric. My interests have also led me to publish on topics, including: Calderón de la Barca’s use of classical literature in his religious drama, the eristic competition between Fernando de Herrera and Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as a forthcoming co-authored piece on colonial history and the motif of conversion in the metaleptic narrative of Icíar Bollaín’s También la lluvia (2010). My new research project, for which I won the Dorothy Sherman Severin Early Career Research Fellowship, focuses on the problematic interrelationship of amatory verse, conjugal love, and the fragility of masculinity in the Early Modern period.

I would be interested to hear from potential graduate students keen to explore Early Modern Hispanic literature and culture, whether exclusively or comparatively, especially those who may wish to focus on poetry.


Love in the Poetry of Francisco de Aldana: Beyond Neoplatonism
Lennon, P. J., 2 Oct 2018, (Accepted/In press) Woodbridge, Suffolk: Tamesis. (Monografías A)
Research output: Book/ReportBook


Conversion and colonial history in Icíar Bollaín's También la lluvia (2010)
Lennon, P. J. & Egan, C., 24 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Bulletin of Hispanic Studies.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sources, Syncretism, and Significance in Calderón's El divino Orfeo (c.1634)
Lennon, P. J., 2016, In : Bulletin of the Comediantes. 68, 2, p. 71-97 27 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Paratextual subversion: Herrera and his poetry in the anotaciones
Lennon, P. J., 1 Jun 2015, In : Hispanic Research Journal. 16, 3, p. 208-220 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

‘las partes donde Amor el cetro tiene’: Uncanonical Love in Francisco de Aldana's ‘Medoro y Angélica’
Lennon, P. J., 21 Apr 2015, In : Bulletin of Spanish Studies. 92, 4, p. 507-525 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Pedro de Valencia, Epistolario, Estudio preliminar, edición, traducción, notas e índices de Francisco Javier Fuente Fernández y Juan Francisco Domínguez Domínguez. Madrid: Ediciones Clásicas, 2012. 396 pp. ISBN: 84-7882-759-5.
Lennon, P. J., 2014, In : Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. 91, p. 319 320 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review


Translation of ‘Obscuro el mundo y sin placer yacía’ in Nye, Eric W. John Kemble’s Gibraltar Journal: The Spanish Expedition of the Cambridge Apostles, 1830-1831
Lennon, P. J. (Translator), 2015, 1 p. Palgrave Macmillan.
Research output: Other contribution