Dr Roy Norton

Modern Languages
Lecturer in Spanish


MA, DPhil (Oxon)

Academic Background

2008-2013: DPhil in Spanish, Merton College.
2007-2008: MSt in Spanish, Merton College.
1997-2001: BA in Modern Languages (French and Spanish), Lady Margaret Hall.

Undergraduate Teaching

Literature of the Spanish Golden Age (FHS Papers VII and X); Spanish language.

Research Interests

The literature of the Spanish Golden Age (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries) and theatre in particular. 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.

Publications include:


Lope de Vega, San Nicolás de Tolentino, Teatro del Siglo de Oro, Ediciones críticas, 208 (Kassel: Reichenberger, 2016).

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

‘“¡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. 68.1 (2016): 159-77.

‘In Praise of Folly: Re-considering the Functions of Lope de Vega’s Saint’s Play graciosos’, in Bulletin of the Comediantes, Vol. 64.1 (2012): 19-34.

‘Performing Political Theory: Juan de Mariana’s Ideal Polity and Lope’s La vida de san Pedro Nolasco’, in On Wolves and Sheep, ed. by Aaron Kahn (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), pp. 93-112.


Carmen Pinillos (ed.), Calderón de la Barca: El santo rey don Fernando (segunda parte), Autos sacramentales completos, 93 (Kassel: Reichenberger, 2016), in Bulletin of the Comediantes (forthcoming).

Mirzam C. Pérez, ‘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 (2014): 1262-64.

Susan L. Fischer, ‘Reading Performance: Spanish Golden-Age Theatre and Shakespeare on the Modern Stage’ (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2009), in Hispanic Research Journal, Vol. 11 (2010): 378-79.