Sara Torres

Torres, Sara
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A. B. English, cum laude, Princeton University, 2005

Ph. D. English, UCLA, 2014


Medieval and Renaissance English Literature; History of the Book & Manuscript Studies; Travel Literature and Literature of the Environment

Selected Publications

“Journeying to the World’s End?: Imagining the Anglo-Irish Frontier in Ramon de Perellós’s Pilgrimage to St. Patrick’s Purgatory,” in Mapping Medieval Geographies: Geographical Encounters in the Latin West and Beyond: 300-1600, ed. Keith D. Lilley (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

“Remembered Pèlerinage: Deguileville’s Pilgrim in Philippe de Mézières’s Songe du Vieil Pelerin,” in The Pèlerinage Allegories of Guillaume de Deguileville: Authority, Tradition, and Influence, eds. Marco Nievergelt and Stephanie Kamath (D. S. Brewer, 2013).

“Opening Up the Archives: A New Digital Platform for LA Aqueduct History,” Boom: A Journal of California 3.3 (September 2013).

Current Research

My dissertation, Marvelous Generations: Lancastrian Genealogies and Translation in Late Medieval and Early Modern England and Iberia, explores the legacy of Lancastrian kingship, especially its international dynastic claims, in the literature, drama, and visual art of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century England, Portugal, and Spain. The project has won support from the Ford Foundation, the Medieval Academy of America, the Program for Cultural Cooperation between US Universities and Spain's Ministry of Culture, the Luso-American Foundation, and the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

At UCLA, I teach upper-level undergraduate courses on early English literature as well as General Education, interdisciplinary writing and service-learning courses. I also serve as assistant editor of Boom: A Journal of California (UC Press) and help to coordinate the publication’s digital projects. In 2014, I collaborated on the Los Angeles Aqueduct Digital Platform through the Center for Primary Research and Training and taught a related class on the theme of Urban Ecology and the Los Angeles River in UCLA’s English Department.