María Auxiliadora (Auxi) Castillo Soto is a PhD candidate in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University, more specifically in Literary and Gender Studies; and she is part of the EUTERPE Project: European Literatures and Gender from a Transnational Perspective. For this project, she analyzes how European belonging and identification are challenged by transnational life stories written by women based in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Spain. She holds an Erasmus Mundus M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies (GEMMA) from the universities of Granada (Spain) and Łódź (Poland). She also holds a M.A. in World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics from West Virginia University (United States). Her research has focused on the teaching of English and Spanish as second languages, and literary analyses with an interdisciplinary perspective. In a broader sense, her research interests span feminist literary criticism, transnational literature, postcolonial studies, and gender studies. Read More