At 12 noon on 27th November, in the Jorge Guillén Room, María Dolores Ouro, a teacher at the Languages Service of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University successfully passed her viva examination and received a Doctorate in the Arts and Humanities from the University of Murcia. She began her doctoral studies in October 2016, in the field of Hispanic literature.

Her thesis, entitled El alter ego de Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer en las narraciones (“the alter ego of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer in narrative”), consisted of an exhaustive and original analysis of five main themes in the unpublished autobiography of this famous Spanish poet: love, solitude, the fantastical, faith and death.

The panel of examiners – consisting of Dr Miguel Herráez Serra, from the Faculty of the Humanities of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University, Dr Miguel Galindo Abellán (Secretary) and Dr Francisco Javier Díez de Revenga Torres (Chair) – highlighted  the originality and comprehensiveness of Dr Ouro’s work, which was securely based on the evidence. Her performance in the viva examination was also magisterial, with the clarity of exposition in her writing leaving little room for questions – and she was able to respond to those that she did face with aplomb.

Indeed, the work of our new doctor in literary history reflects the sentiments of Dr Díez de Revenga himself: “Literature is life, and so the more we read, the more life we receive”.

The examiners unanimously awarded the thesis the highest possible grade: Sobresaliente cum laude.

Everyone at the Languages Service is extremely proud of her outstanding academic achievement and we would like to encourage her to keep on researching.

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