Our recent PhD graduate, Dr Richard Huddleson / Riocárd Ó hOddail has been awarded a Generalitat de Catalunya research prize, worth 4,200 EUR, by the Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
The prize will allow Richard to carry out an in-depth analysis of infidelity, cross-dressing, and marital scandal in two Early Modern plays from Mallorca. Given the plays’ wild content, with open criticism of the Roman Catholic Church and a mockery of the supposed moral virtues of its clergy, both anonymous works grant us insight into power structures and sexual agency in Early Modern Mallorca. In order to bring these vibrant stories to life elsewhere, the plays will also be translated from Catalan into English as part of the project.
This research has partly emerged from Richard’s doctoral thesis on queer Catalan theatre and will serve to augment his new project, ‘Queer(y)ing Golden Age Theatre’, when he takes up his position as Ahmanson-Getty postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Centre for 17th and 18th Century Studies, as part of the ‘Resituating the Comedia’ core programme.