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Dr Roy Norton

BA MSt DPhil Oxf


The literature of the Spanish Golden Age (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries) and, in particular, theatre and religious culture. Roy’s first book was a critical edition of San Nicolás de Tolentino, a saint’s play by the period’s most prolific dramatist, Lope de Vega. More recently he has co-edited A Companion to Calderón de la Barca. He is currently working on: seventeenth-century English translations of (a) St Teresa’s spiritual autobiography, the Libro de la vida (c. 1562), and (b) Quevedo’s satirical Sueños (early1600s); Spanish plays depicting England’s Tudor monarchs; and innuendo in Lope de Vega’s religious drama.


A Companion to Calderón de la Barca, ed. with Jonathan Thacker (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2021)

Lope de Vega, San Nicolás de Tolentino, Teatro del Siglo de Oro, Ediciones críticas, 208 (Kassel: Reichenberger, 2016).

Articles and Book Chapters

'Calderón's graciosos', in A Companion to Calderón de la Barca, ed. R. Norton and J. Thacker (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2021), pp. 199-222

‘Bad Faith? The Weak and Feeble Will of Antonio Coello’s Elizabeth I’, in Bulletin of the Comediantes, Vol. 70.1 (2018): 59-77.

‘Sir Tobie Matthew’s Flaming Hart: Translating St Teresa for the English Catholic Exiles’, in Translation and Literature, Vol. 27 (2018): 1-24.

‘“¡España viva!”: Personifications of Spain in Lope de Vega’s comedias de santos’, in Anuario Lope de Vega, Vol. 23 (2017): 361-81.

‘Ironic Allusion and the Human Mind in Calderón’s La cisma de Inglaterra’, in Modern Language Review, Vol. 111 (2016): 1004-28.

‘ “La verdad que adoro es la que niego”: Symbolism and Sophistry in Calderón ‘s La cisma de Inglaterra’, in Bulletin of the Comediantes, Vol. 68.1 (2016): 159-77.

‘In Praise of Folly: Re-considering the Functions of Lope de Vega’s Saint’s Play graciosos’, in Bulletin of the Comediantes, Vol. 64.1 (2012): 19-34.

‘Performing Political Theory: Juan de Mariana’s Ideal Polity and Lope de Vega’s La vida de san Pedro Nolasco’, in On Wolves and Sheep, ed. by Aaron Kahn (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), pp. 93-112.


  • Lecturer in Spanish


  • Spanish
  • Modern Languages