Professor Alcalá-Galán is a specialist in early modern Spanish literature. Her research is oriented primarily towards topics in poetics and gender studies with special emphasis on visual studies. She has also been working on questions concerning contemporary women'a literature. She has recently published a book on Cervantes entitled Escritura desatada: poéticas de la representación en Cervantes (Centro de Estudios Cervantinos, 2009). She is also author of the book La silva curiosa de Julián de Medrano. Estudio y edición critica (1998) and has published some forty articles on early modern literature as well as contemporary Spanish literature. She is currently working on a book about the literary and pictorial representations of women's sexuality in early modern art and literature.