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Dr Alexander Samson
Appointment
  • Lecturer
  • SELCS
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
 
 
Biography

Dr Alexander Samson is a lecturer at University College London, where he teaches the literature, history and culture of early modern Spain and Latin America. He has edited volumes on The Spanish Match: Prince Charles’s Journey to Madrid, 1623 (Ashgate, 2006), a Companion to Lope de Vega with Jonathan Thacker (Tamesis, 2008) and Locus amoenus: Gardens and Horticulture in Early Modern Europe, a special issue of the journal Renaissance Studies, as well as publishing numerous articles on topics ranging from the marriage of Philip II and Mary Tudor, historiography and royal chroniclers in sixteenth-century Spain, Lope de Vega, firearms, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, Cervantes, Spanish renaissance gardens, and female Golden Age dramatists. His book Mary Tudor and the Habsburg Marriage: England and Spain 1553 – 1557 is due out soon. His research interests include the influence of Spanish culture in early modern England, festival texts, the Habsburg empire under Charles V and early colonial history.

Research Summary

Dr Alexander Samson's research interests include the early colonial history of the Americas, Anglo-Spanish intercultural relations and early modern English and Spanish drama. He has edited volumes on The Spanish Match: Prince Charles’s Journey to Madrid, 1623 (Ashgate, 2006), with Jonathan Thacker A Companion to Lope de Vega (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2008) and ‘Gardens and Horitculture in Early Modern Europe’, a Special Issue of Renaisance Studies (2011), as well as articles on the marriage of Philip II and Mary Tudor, historiography and royal chroniclers in 16th century Spain, English travel writers, firearms, maps, John Fletcher and Cervantes, and female Golden Age dramatists. His first book Mary Tudor and the Habsburg Marriage: England and Spain 1553 – 1557  and an edition of Lope de Vega’s Lo fingido verdadero with Manchester University Press are forthcoming. He runs the Golden Age and Renaissance Research Seminar and is director of UCL’s Centre for Early Modern Exchanges.

Teaching Summary

Dr Alexander Samson lectures on the literature, culture and history of early modern Spain and Latin America, currently offering courses on SPAN7302 The Theatre in Spain's Golden Age, SPAN7202 Early Colonial History of Latin America 1492 - 1700, ECLS6003 Crime Fiction: From the Picaresque to the Detective Novel, and an introduction to Golden Age Literature SPAN1211 Inventing the Novel, Public Theatre and Modern Poetry: The Culture of the Hispanic World, 1492 – 1700. While at MA level he teaches on the core course of the MA in Early Modern Studies, which he convenes, and offers options on G013 Sex and the Body in Early Modern Europe and GO28 The Conquest of Mexico.

Academic Background
1993 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Leeds
  CLTHE_1 Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 University College London
1999 PhD Doctor of Philosophy Queen Mary College, University of London
1995 MA Master of Arts University of Sussex
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