Prof. Antonio Raúl de Toro Santos
Antonio Raúl de Toro Santos is a Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Corunna, and the director of the University Institute of Research in Irish Studies “Amergin” of the same university. His doctoral thesis dealt with Oscar Wilde’s work, one of the many Irish authors he is interested in. He is an expert in James Joyce’s work, particularly concerning the reception and study of Irish culture in Galicia. He has directed several research projects financed by the Xunta de Galicia and the University of Corunna, such as “La literatura anglo-irlandesa en la prensa periódica en España desde 1900 hasta 1960 a través de traducciones y ensayos críticos”, “La literatura inglesa en la prensa periódica en España desde 1900 hasta 1960” or “Escribiendo la literatura inglesa desde la periferia: Escocia, Gales, Cornualles, Irlanda".
Being an important researcher in the field of Irish Literature, he has published along his long career several outstanding works such as Galicia desde Londres (Relacións entre as culturas galega, inglesa e irlandesa a través dos programas da BBC, 1947-1956), A historia d’el reiBreogán e dos fillos de Mil, asegún o LeabharGabhalao, Poesía irlandesa contemporánea (considered one of the first contemporary book of poems including the most brilliant Irish modern poets, in a bilingual edition in English and Galician).
Another of the most important fields of study of Professor de Toro is related to the study and reception of one of the most international authors: James Joyce. He has published several books and articles, including the outstanding Joyce en España (I) and (II), in collaboration with Professor Francisco García Tortosa of the English Department of the University of Seville. It is also worth mentioning his contribution to the study of the Irish writer with the publication of James Joyce in Spain: A Critical Bibliography (1972-2002), in collaboration with Luis Alberto Lázaro.
During his many years of teaching and research, he has developed numerous projects of a wide cultural interest, previously as Director of the English Department of the University of Corunna, and now as Director of the University Institute of Research in Irish Studies “Amergin” of the same university. One of the most important was the publication of As nove ondas, together with Dr. David Clark Mitchell, one of the first works on Celtic culture from within the university.
He is currently working on several ambitious cultural projects such as the postgraduate course “Irlanda: sociedad, territorio, tecnología”, considered as one of the first interdisciplinary courses on Irish studies in Europe. He is also the director of the first online PhD programe on Irish Studies in Europe.
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