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Isabel Cawthorn

Languages and Literature, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

Remembering the Future: the (re-)'construction of memory, the past and the future in the nineteenth-century Spanish short story'

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature


  • 'Seguirá soplando el viento del olvido': degeneration and memory in Leopoldo Alas' short stories ('Cuervo' and 'Vario'), 11th November 2022, XXII WISPS annual conference, University of Leicester
  • Natural Horizons symposium, Lead organiser and chair, 24th February 2022, M4C-funded interdisciplinary symposium: http://natural-horizons.com/home
  • Rural and provincial space as sites of remembering and forgetting in Clarín's 'El Quin' and 'Viaje redondo', 7th July 2021, Green Hispanisms Conference, Swansea University
  • Land of oblivion? Clarín's rural and provincial spaces as sites of remembering and forgetting, 7th June 2021, M4C Digital Research Festival
  • Land of oblivion? Clarín's rural and provincial spaces as sites of remembering and forgetting, 11th May 2021, LCAHM Research Conference, University of Birmingham
  • Memory in Nineteenth-Century Spain: The appearance of death in selected works of Leopoldo Alas, 6-7th February 2021, LCIR Spatiality and Temporality Conference, Online

Public Engagement & Impact

  • I am currently collaborating with the Biblioteca de Asturias in Oviedo, Spain in the organisation of the exhibition 'Día del libro 2023. Leopoldo Alas "Clarín: Cuentista fantástico'.  
  • Brilliant Club PhD tutor Autumn term 2021. This role consisted of the design and delivery of a research-led course to Year 10 pupils. The course designed was entitled 'Back to the Future: reading the past and future in the nineteenth-century Spanish short story'. 
  • Research Assistant, 'Women at War: The Lives and Afterlives of Combatant Women in the Spanish Civil War', University of Birmingham June-July 2021. Work for this role was carried out under the supervision of PI Dr Mónica Jato. Main responsibilities included; contacting and establishing partnerships with women's military organisations, acting as the point of contact between the research team and external partners, contacting UK and international archives to arrange dissemination and ethics agreements, writing and translating letters of contribution, and engaging with the wider community affected by the research project. 

Other Research Interests

  • Memory
  • 19th-Century Spain
  • Realism
  • Space
  • Notions of modernity
  • Futuristic narratives


  • International Network of Nineteenth-Century Hispanists
  • Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI)

Prizes and awards

2019, Petrie Watson Exhibition, University of Sheffield 2018, Herbert Hughes Memorial Prize, University of Sheffield 2018, Fernando Moragas Prize for Spoken Spanish, University of Sheffield  


University of Birmingham, 2021/22 I teach on a variety of Spanish language modules for first and second year undergraduates, ranging from beginners to advanced level. Modules include; Communicative Skills, Use of Language I have also contributed to teaching on the Languages for All programme, teaching level 2 Spanish language in the Autumn semester 2022/23