Previous Research Projects


The following represent a selection of projects undertaken in the Department of English Studies by members of the MMES team. They provide evidence of a commitment to research as well as of both continuity and innovation in research concerns.


American Modernism: the Rhetoric/s of a Cultural Construction


Funded by the DGICYT (1993-97)
María Lozano (PI)
Concha Manella
Esteban Pujals
Antonia Rodríguez-Gago


Palabras de la modernidad (Subproyecto 'Conceptos y trasvases de la modernidad: el Mundo Atlántico') (2005-08)


Funded by: Spanish Ministry of education (HUM 2005-06556-C04-01/04 HIST)
María Lozano (PI)
Daniel Essig
Belén Piqueras


Introducing New Technologies to the Teaching of English Literature (INTELI).

Funded by the UAM (1999-2002)
Antonia Rodríguez Gago (PI)


Discourse and Representation of Space as a Determinant Factor Transforming and Creating Body and Gender Identities in Anglo-American and Canadian Literature and Theatre


Funded by: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (FILO: FFI2009-12221) (2010-12) Team: Antonia Rodríguez-Gago (PI)
Noelia Hernando Real
Javier Ortiz
Eulalia Piñero Gil
Julia Salmerón
Pilar Somacarrera


Written on the Female Body: Representations of Gender Violence in Anglo-American Literature and in the Scenic and Audiovisual Arts from 1980 to the Present


FFI 2008-04355-E.
Funding body: Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (2008-11)
Team: Eulalia Piñero (PI)
Antonia Rodríguez-Gago
Julia Salmerón
Cecilia Piñero Gil


Refiguring the Body: New Configurations of Unstable Identities in Recent British, North-American and Canadian Literature and Theatre 1980s-2000s


Funded by: DGICYT (HUM2004-00515/FILO) (2004-07) Team: Antonia Rodríguez-Gago (PI)
Eulalia Piñero Gil
Pilar Somacarrera
Julia Salmerón
Javier Ortiz
Philip Sutton
Cristina Cano
Noelia Hernando


Voices and Images of the New Millennium: Multiculturalism and Gender Representation in Anglo-American and Canadian Literature at the Turn of the Twentieth Century


Funded by the DGICYT, Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología (PB98-0101) (1999-2002)
Team: Antonia Rodríguez-Gago (PI)
Eulalia Piñero Gil
Pilar Somacarrera
Julia Salmerón
Roger Mortimore
Philip Sutton
Noelia Hernando Real


Systemic Analysis of ‘Marginal’ Literatures (1995-97)


Funded by: Ministry of Education and Culture (PB93-0242)

Team: Manuel Aguirre (PI)
Antonio Ballesteros
Charles Farrell
Eulalia Piñero Gil
Roberta Quance
Robert K. Shepherd
Isabel Soto
Philip Sutton


A study of the notion of ‘marginality’ in literature, its major result was the outlining of a precise distinction between ‘margin’ and ‘limen’, as developed in the monograph Margins and Thresholds (The Gateway Press 2000), which provided the basis for our research into liminality and for the creation of The LIMEN Group.


The Liminality Seminars (1998-2006)


Coordinated by Manuel Aguirre, Esteban Pujals and Isabel Soto
An offshoot of the Systemic Analysis of ‘Marginal’ Literatures project, it led in turn to, and served as a complement of, the following:


Threshold and Text: Development of a Theory of Liminality Applicable to the Field of
Literary Discourse


Funded by: Ministry of Science and Technology (BFF2000-0093) (2001-04) Team: Manuel Aguirre (PI)
Luisa Antón Pacheco
Nancy Bredendick
Concha Manella
Esteban Pujals
Isabel Soto


A study of the dynamics of systems, of thresholds, of areas of contact, friction, passage, transition and emulation in and between literary systems.


The Gothic Library


Funded by: UAM/Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid (2004-06)
Team: Manuel Aguirre (PI)
Eva Ardoy
Carlos Benedicto
Julia Földenyi
Tareixa García
Irene Hernández
Diana Luque
Marta Marín
Beatriz Sánchez
Estíbaliz Suárez
Celia Turrión


This was a pilot project for the recovery, edition and study of forgotten or neglected Gothic texts. We returned here to the notion of ‘marginalized’ literatures, and paved the ground for the current Northanger Library Project.


Language variation and intercultural communication: A discourse-pragmatic approach to the expression of (inter)subjectivity, the construction of identities and linguistic creativity in English discourse.


Funding body: Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (FFI2008-01471/FILO) (2009-12)
Participating universities: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, University of Nottingham, University of Hawai’i.
Laura Hidalgo (PI)


The Gender of Space: an Intersectional Approach to Gender Violence and its Connections with Transcultural/Transnational Identity Construction in Contemporary English Language Literature, Theater, and Audiovisual Arts.


Eulalia Piñero Gil (PI)


Written on the Female Body: Re-presentations of Gender Violence in Anglo-American Literature, Performing and Visual Arts from the 1980s to the Present


Funding body: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. (FFI2008-04355 E/FILO) (2009-11)
Eulalia Piñero Gil (PI)