Maria Amor Barros-del Río is Assistant Professor at the University of Burgos, Spain. Her research focuses mainly on gender studies and contemporary fiction in English with a special interest in Irish fiction. Other fields of interest are critical pedagogy and second language teaching. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals such as Estudios Irlandeses, Gender, Place and Culture, Journal of Research in Gender Studies, International Journal of English Studies, English Language Teaching and The International Journal of English Studies. She is the author of Metáforas de su tierra: Breve historia de las mujeres irlandesas (2004) and El trabajo de las mujeres pobres (2010). Some of her contributions in collective works can be found in Postcolonial and Gender Perspectives in Irish Studies (ed. M. Morales Ladrón, 2007), Single Motherhood in 20th Century Ireland (eds. C. Ramblado-Minero and M. A. Pérez-Vides, 2006) and La Novela Irlandesa del siglo XX (ed. I. Praga Terente, 2005).