Dr Roy Norton

Senior Research Fellow and Stipendiary Lecturer in Spanish

Teaching activities

Spanish Golden-Age literature (especially FHS papers VII and X), Spanish language, and all papers for the Preliminary Examination in Spanish.

Research interests

The literature of the Spanish Golden Age (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries) and, in particular, theatre and religious culture. Roy has recently completed a critical edition of San Nicolás de Tolentino, a saint's play by the period's most prolific dramatist, Lope de Vega. He is currently working on: seventeenth-century English translations of St Teresa's spiritual autobiography, the Libro de la vida; Spanish literature depicting England's Tudor monarchs; and innuendo in Lope de Vega's religious drama.


‘Bad Faith? The Weak and Feeble Will of Antonio Coello’s Elizabeth I’, in Bulletin of the Comediantes, Vol. 70.1 (2018): 59-77.

‘Sir Tobie Matthew’s Flaming Hart: Translating St Teresa for the English Catholic Exiles’, in Translation and Literature, Vol. 27 (2018): 1-24.

‘“¡España viva!”: Personifications of Spain in Lope de Vega’s comedias de santos’, in Anuario Lope de Vega, Vol. 23 (2017): 361-81.

‘Ironic Allusion and the Human Mind in Calderón’s La cisma de Inglaterra’, in Modern Language Review, Vol. 111 (2016): 1004-28.

'"La verdad que adoro es la que niego": symbolism and sophistry in Calderón's La cisma de Inglaterra', in Bulletin of the Comediantes, Vol. 68, No. 1 (forthcoming in 2016)

Lope de Vega’s San Nicolás de Tolentino, Teatro del Siglo de Oro - Ediciones Críticas 208 (Kassel: Reichenberger, 2016)

Review of Mirzam C. Pérez’s ‘The “Comedia” of Virginity: Mary and the Politics of Seventeenth-Century Spanish Theater’ (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012), in Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Vol. 91, No. 8 (2014)

'In praise of folly: re-considering the functions of Lope de Vega's saint's play graciosos', in Bulletin of the Comediantes, Vol. 64, No. 1 (2012), pp. 19-34.

'Performing political theory: Juan de Mariana's ideal polity and Lope de Vega's La vida de san Pedro Nolasco', in On Wolves and Sheep, ed. by Aaron Kahn (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), pp. 93-112.

Review of Susan L. Fischer's Reading Performance: Spanish Golden-Age Theatre and Shakespeare on the Modern Stage (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2009), in Hispanic Research Journal, Vol. 11, No. 4 (September 2010), pp. 378-79.