Dr Helen Rawlings

University Fellow in Spanish Studies

BA, MPhil (Liverpool), PhD (Leicester), PGCE (York)Dr Helen Rawlings, Fellow HEA

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Research Summary

Helen Rawlings’ research focuses on the religious culture of Spain in the early modern period and the phenomenon of Spain's seventeenth-century decline. Her approach is inter-disciplinary and incorporates historical, literary and artistic sources of evidence. She has written three books: one on the role of the Church in shaping Spanish society in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (2002), another on the historical legacy of the Spanish Inquisition (2005) and a third on the historical discourse that has informed the debate on the decline of Spain from the sixteenth century to the present day (2012).

Recent Publications

The debate on the decline of Spain, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-7190-7963-4 (hardback); 978-0-7190-7964-1 (paperback).

Book chapters

‘The Iberian Inquisitions in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: between coercion and accommodation’ in The Routledge Companion to Iberian Studies, Oxford: Routledge, 2017, pp. 151-161. ISBN: 978-0-414-72283-4 (hardback); ISBN: 978-1-315-70989-5 (e-book).

'Bartolomé de Las Casas’ Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies (1552) in translation: the politics of linguistic and cultural appropriation' in Key Cultural Texts in Translation, John Benjamins (Translation Library 140): Amsterdam, 2018, Part II, Chapter 3. ISBN: 9789027200492 (hardback); ISBN: 9789027264367 (e-book).

‘The Spanish Inquisition and the converso challenge, c.1480-1525: a question of race, religion or socio-political ascendancy?’ in Brill Companion to Heresy Inquisitions. (Forthcoming)

Journal articles

'Agustín Salucio’s rehabilitation of the converso and the revisionist debate over racial and religious discrimination in early seventeenth-century Spain', Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Volume XCIV, Number 10, 2017, pp. 1649-1667 (print). https://doi.org/10.1080/14753820.2018.1433368 (online).

‘Las órdenes religiosas y la crisis en el nombramiento de obispos en Castilla bajo Felipe IV (1621-1665)’, Manuscrits. Revista d’història moderna, 2013.

‘Goya’s Inquisition: from Black Legend to Liberal Legend’, Vida Hispánica, no. 46, September 2012.

‘Representational strategies of inclusion and exclusion in José del Olmo’s narrative and Francisco Rizi’s visual record of the Madrid Auto de Fe of 1680’, Romance Studies, vol. 29, no. 4, November 2011, pp.223-41.

Teaching and Administration

Helen Rawlings is a University Fellow in Spanish Studies.

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