Francisco José Cortés Vieco

Francisco José Cortés Vieco

Visiting Researcher at the Department of History of Science at Harvard University
Francisco Cortés

Since 2013, Francisco José Cortés Vieco teaches British & North-American Literature and Gender Studies, at Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). He has also been an Instructor of English language at Autonomous University of Madrid and at CESIF (Centro de Estudios Superiores de la Industria Farmacéutica, Madrid). His professional experience prior to teaching at university level includes training and managerial positions in a R&D company devoted to medical technology, in private universities and language schools from Spain and other countries. Francisco holds a PhD in Literary Studies (Doctoral Thesis Award 2012-2013) and a Master’s Degree in Literary Studies from Complutense University of Madrid. Furthermore, he has participated in several literature summer programs at University of Oxford, Exeter College (2008), University of Edinburgh (2016), and University of Cambridge (2017). Before pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature in Madrid, he completed higher education studies in Tourism and Business Administration (1994-2001) in Spain, Germany, Great Britain and France.

Francisco is a member of SAAS (Spanish Association of American Studies), and he is also affiliated to two research groups: Estudios de Género en el Ámbito de los Países de Lengua Inglesa (UCM), and Escritoras y Escrituras (University of Seville). His main areas of knowledge are Gender Studies, Feminism and Women’s Literature, notably the autobiographies, novels and poetry of women writers from English-speaking countries in the 19th and 20th centuries. His research highlights and problematizes the crossroads of Literature and Medical Humanities, with emphasis on sexuality and eroticism, trauma and body studies, psychosomatic and nervous disorders, psychology and suicide. Francisco has chaired and been a speaker in more than 20 congresses in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona or Seville), Ukraine, Norway, and Great Britain. He is also the author of 5 chapters in edited books and more than 20 articles in Spanish and international scientific journals, publications and conference proceedings. Some of the women poets, diarists and novelists explored in his works are the Brontë sisters, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Anaïs Nin, Dorothy Parker, Anita Loos, Jean Rhys, Marguerite Duras, Susanna Kaysen, Edith Wharton, or Anne Sexton. In addition, he has edited, translated and written the critical introduction to the poetry of Emily Brontë (Seville, 2014) and Christina Rossetti (Madrid, 2016), both as bilingual anthologies. Being the only higher education institution for research on North-America in Spain, the Franklin Institute from University of Alcalá has recently published Francisco’s monograph on gender studies and women’s literature: Otro género, otro mundo: sexualidad y suicidio en la literatura de mujeres (Alcalá de Henares, 2016).

As a Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow at the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University, Francisco currently investigates the preconceptions, misconceptions and re-conceptions on female creativity and procreativity (notably the bodily experiences of pregnancy and childbirth) found in women’s life-writings from the Victorian age until contemporary times. Anthropological, psychoanalytical and phenomenological approaches, as well as French and North-American feminist theory and criticism, will be used as the framework to conduct and enrich his research on Literature and Science at Harvard University.

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