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Dr. Rebecca De Souza

De Souza, Rebecca

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Literaturwissenschaft (Spanisch)

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin


  • 2018-2021: DPhil in Medieval & Modern Languages (Spanish), Hertford College, University of Oxford
  • 2016-2018: MA by Research in Hispanic Studies, University of Nottingham
  • 2011-2015: BA in German and Spanish, Wadham College, University of Oxford
  • Medieval Iberian literature and culture
  • Unorthodox, non-monotheistic religious practice in medieval Iberia
  • Iberian neomedievalisms, sixteenth century-present
  • Neomedievalisms in postcolonial contexts and diaspora
  • The romancero and its recreations
  • ‘Rewriting and visualizing the Cid: the reconstruction of medieval gender and race in Argentinian graphic novels,’ Iberoamerican Neomedievalisms: The “Middle Ages” and Its Uses in Latin America, eds. Nadia Altschul & Maria Ruhlmann, Arc Humanities Press (2022)
  • ‘Memories of medieval Iberia in early modern Spain: the romancero viejo as neomedievalism,’ Bulletin of Spanish Studies (2021, Volume TBC) DOI: 10.1080/14753820.2021.1995137
  • ‘Destabilizing monotheism in the medieval Castilian epic,’ La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic LanguagesLiteratures, and Cultures, 49.2 (2021), pp. 159-190. doi:10.1353/cor.2021.0016.
  • ‘The Critique of Toxic Noble Masculinity in Los siete Infantes de Lara’, La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 48.2 (2020), pp. 41-68. DOI: 10.1353/cor.2020.0019
  • ‘Undermining Exoticism: The Memory of al-Andalus and Fluid Identities in Lope de Vega’s comedias fronterizas’, MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 14 (2019), pp. 38–47 

Encyclopedia Entries

  • ‘The Spanish epic.’ The Literary Encyclopedia,  Vol. ‘Iberian and Spanish Writing and Culture from the Beginning to the Golden Age.’ ed. Andrew Beresford (2019)
  • Las mocedades de Rodrigo.’The Literary Encyclopedia, Vol. ‘Iberian and Spanish Writing and Culture from the Beginning to the Golden Age.’ ed. Andrew Beresford (2018)

Book Reviews


  • Neuman, Andrés. 'Alfaguera Prize Acceptance Speech' in German Romanticism and Latin America: New Connections in World Literature, eds. Joanna Neilly and Jenny Haase (Oxford: Legenda, forthcoming [2022])
  • ‘Border ballads and global Hispanic neomedievalisms.’ International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, July 2021 (forthcoming)
  • ‘Neomedievalism in the borderlands: postcolonial and diasporic transformations of medieval Iberia.’ International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (Online), May 2022 (forthcoming)
  • ‘Neomedievalismos populares en Argentina: de cómics a recreaciones en vivo.’ Congreso de Linhas- Neomedievalismos Ibero-Americanos, Brazil (Online), November 2021
  • ‘Ballads, borders and identities in the Hispanic world.’ Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Network Meeting, Cologne, Germany, November 2021
  • ‘Constructing the borderland in the medieval(ist) romancero.’ International Medieval Congress, Leeds (Online), July 2021
  • ‘Appropriating the medieval Iberian romancero in postcolonial contexts & diaspora.’ Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting (Online), April 2021
  • ‘Ballads, borders and identities in medieval Iberia: the case of Los siete infantes de Lara and its rewritings.’ AHGBI Annual Conference (Online), April 2021
  • ‘Medieval made modern: dissolving race in nineteenth-century Romantic medievalism.’ Modern Languages Association of America Annual Convention (Online), January 2021 
  • ‘Destabilising monotheism in the medieval Castilian epic.’ Société Rencesvals British Branch Annual Meeting (Online), September 2020
  • ‘The politicised appropriation of the medieval in twenty-first century Spanish and Latin American graphic novels.’ Modern Languages Association of America Annual Convention, Seattle,  January 2020
  • ‘Rethinking religious identity formation in the medieval Castilian epic.’  Modern Languages Association of America Annual Convention, Seattle,  January 2020
  • ‘“No dexaron ninguna carne en los huessos”: mutilated textual and sexual bodies in the fifteenth-century novelas sentimentales.’ Health & Sickness: (G)Hosts and Liminal Lives, NYU & Columbia Graduate Conference,  NYU, April 2019
  • ‘The case for intersectionality as a framework for literary analysis.’ TORCH Tensions in Identity Conference, the University of Oxford, January 2019 
  • ‘The decadence of noble masculinity in Los siete infantes de Lara.’ Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar Biennial Colloquium, Queen Mary University of London, June 2018
  • ‘Intersectional gender identities in the Poema de mio Cid and Los siete Infantes de Lara.’ Modern Languages Association of America Annual Convention, New York,  January 2018
  • ‘Men as women and women as men: fluid gender identities in the Mocedades de Rodrigo.’ Durham & Northumbria Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic Studies Colloquium, Durham University,  July 2017