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Laura Woolley-Nunez

Languages and Literature, University of Warwick

Thesis title:

Recovering Anti-Francoist Women�s Voices: A Feminist Translation of Maria Teresa Leon�s Memoria de la melancolia

My practice-based project will translate Maria Teresa León’s (1903–1983) complex memoir Memoria de la Melancolia (1970) and produce a coexisting critical commentary to address the overarching research question of which feminist translation strategies are most fit for the purposes of recovering Spanish lost anti-Francoist women’s voices and presenting the historical context to a new target audience. It will contribute to filling the gaps left in the history of women authors during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) and Franco’s dictatorial regime (1939–1975) by using translation to reinstate the León’s anti-Francoist voice which has never been translated into English.

Research Area

  • Interpreting and Translation
  • Languages and Literature


"Sites of resistance in the translation of Spanish antifascist autobiographical writing" — When I Dare To Be Powerful International ConferenceLink opens in a new window, 21 June 2023 (Nottingham Trent University)

Public Engagement & Impact

Organsier, Lit Translation Workshops which are open to research students and staff interested in literary translation practice from any language into English (2022 – present).

Chaired roundtable "Producing Totalitarism: Fascism in the Cultural Imaginary" — The Culture of Fascism SymposiumLink opens in a new window, 8 March 2023 (University of Warwick).

Other Research Interests

  • Transnational feminist translation studies
  • Feminist translation strategies
  • Literary translation
  • Writing and translating exile
  • Translation and style
  • Autofiction and life writing


  • Emerging Translators Network

Other activities

Attended Bristol TranslatesLink opens in a new window summer school, 3–7 July 2023 (University of Bristol).

Attended Warwick School of Feminist TranslationLink opens in a new window, 11–12 May 2023 (University of Warwick).


Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Warwick — first marker for the Spanish-language pathway of LN102 Translation: Methods and Practice (2023).