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The Critical Edition of Quevedo’s Works and their Transmission in the European Intellectual Context (University of Santiago de Compostela) Dr. María José Alonso Veloso (RYC-2012-10138)

After successfully completing the Ministry of Education’s professional university researcher training (FPU) (1999-2002), she was awarded a doctorate in Hispanic Philology at the University of Vigo (2003). The majority of her postdoctoral career has been spent at the University of Santiago de Compostela, which she initially joined as a «Juan de la Cierva» researcher (2004). Since then she has been a member of the «Francisco de Quevedo» research group, directed by Professor Alfonso Rey, which specializes in the critical and annotated editing of the works of Quevedo, with collaborators from various universities around the world. She has won two different competitive contracts as a senior researcher: «Parga Pondal» (Xunta de Galicia, 2007), which led to her being given the accreditation of «research excellence» of the national program «I3» in 2012; and «Ramón y Cajal» (2012). She has been a visiting researcher at the University of the Sorbonne, Paris IV (1999); the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (2000, 2001 and 2002); and the Autonomous University of Madrid, «The Golden Age Seminar» (2009). She has been a visiting professor at the University of Siena, Italy (2010), and guest professor on the Master of Theatre and Performing Arts, University of Vigo (2010-2015). In 2010 she achieved the accreditation of Associate Professor.

Her research focuses on 17th-century Spanish literature and the work of Francisco de Quevedo, in three areas: literary studies, critical editions, and philological annotation. She has participated in 13 research projects, mostly with national funding and centering on critical and annotated editions of the Obras completas en prosa de Quevedo (complete prose works of Quevedo), directed by Alfonso Rey. In parallel, she works on the editing of Quevedo’s lyrical works, a vast corpus of a thousand poems. From 2013 she has begun a new line of research exploring the transmission of the works of Quevedo in the European intellectual context (particularly England, France and Italy) during the 17th and 18th centuries.

She is the author or co-author of four monographs and four critical and annotated editions; she has published around thirty articles in academic journals and some twenty book chapters; in addition, she has coordinated three collective volumes. She has presented numerous conference papers and communications, and has been coordinator of several international congresses, in collaboration with French and Italian universities.

In recent years she has also been engaged in the evaluation of other research projects and articles in specialized magazines: she is an expert for the Agencia Nacional de Evaluación y Prospectiva (ANEP) (National Agency for Evaluation and Development), in the area of Spanish literature; and a member of the academic advisory board of the journal of Quevedo studies La Perinola (on the ISI Web of Knowledge and accredited by the FECyT, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology). Recently she has been nominated as a national expert of the «ad hoc Review Panels» of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), an intergovernmental network for the coordination of academic and scientific research. She is also a mentor for the mentoring network of the Barrié de la Maza Foundation.

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