Dr Maya Feile Tomes

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MA, MPhil, PhD

Ext. Director of Studies; Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages
Director of Studies in Spanish and Portuguese; Fellow of Christ’s College

Maya Feile Tomes is Teaching Associate in Colonial Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages & Linguistics (Spanish & Portuguese Section). She originally read Classics at King’s College, Cambridge, and subsequently became Junior Research Fellow in Classics and Modern Languages at Christ’s College, Cambridge, upon completion of her PhD in 2017.

Her research focuses on the literary culture of the early modern Iberian world (C16th-18th) across the global colonial context – with particular emphasis on the Hispanic sphere – in plurilingual perspective (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Latin). She is especially interested in the representation of ‘new world’ space, and the emergence of America as a literary space, in early modern poetry. Current projects include an edition for OUP of the texts of the mid-C16th ‘Valladolid Debate’ conducted between Bartolomé de las Casas and Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, which will be the first time that these key texts have been made fully available in English. As well as her years in Cambridge she has lived in places including Argentina, Chile, Spain, Italy and, most recently, Belgium.