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QUB professor given prestigious honour by Spain for her contribution to its language


Professor Isabel Torres

Professor Isabel Torres

Professor Isabel Torres

A Queen's University professor has been honoured with one of Spain's highest accolades for outstanding contributions to the Spanish language.

Professor Isabel Torres is head of Spanish and Portuguese at Queen's and specialises in Spain's 17th century Golden Age of literature.

She has now been elected as a member of the Royal Spanish Academy, the national body responsible for setting official standards in the Spanish language.

Professor Torres will now be recognised as a 'miembro correspondiente extranjera de la Real Academia Espanola' (International Corresponding Member of the Royal Spanish Academy).

Professor Janice Carruthers, head of the school of modern languages at Queen's, said: "This is a wonderful honour for Professor Torres that recognises the international impact of her research. We are delighted that her work has been celebrated with such a prestigious accolade."

In addition to Professor Torres's roles at Queen's, she is executive editor of renowned international journal The Bulletin Of Spanish Studies, which she recently established at Queen's as one of its two UK bases. She is also president of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland.

Her most recent publications include the 2013 book-length study Love Poetry In The Spanish Golden Age: Eros, Eris And Empire, and a co-edited volume of essays, Spanish Golden Age Poetry In Motion: The Dynamics Of Creation And Conversation, which was published the following year.

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Last year Professor Torres hosted international conference Imaginary Matters at Queen's.

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