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Research in Hispanic Studies

Hispanic Studies

Our diverse research covers a wide range of areas in Spanish and Latin American studies, from early modern Spanish literature to post-modern cartographies in Latin American film, from sensorial imagery in Latin America narrative to the Spanish Gothic. 

What we do

Among our researchers are a former Rhodes scholar and a winner of the prestigious Conde de Cartagena research prize awarded by the Real Academia de la Lengua Española. Members of Hispanic Studies are active researchers, giving plenaries and conference papers internationally.

We also sit on the boards of academic journals and awards schemes and collaborate in international research networks. Our research has attracted funding from prestigious award schemes, while our publications have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, New York Review of Books and the New Statesman. Our publications have also been published in exhibition catalogues and international peer-reviewed journals.

Our academics have curated exhibitions in the UK and US, organised seminars and conferences at home and abroad and presented workshops at the BFI at London’s Southbank and the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies.

Our academics

Hispanic Studies has seven permanent members of staff, all of whom are active researchers and share interests in issues of representation and cultural studies.  The following permanent members of staff are assisted by a number of part-time colleagues, several of whom are also active researchers.

Dr Miriam Haddu focuses on Mexican cinema and visual arts, postmodern geographies in Latin American film and feminist studies.

Dr James Clifford Kent's research involves work in the field of Cuban visual cultures, in particular photography with a focus on the city of Havana. 

Professor Abigail Lee Six is concerned with Spanish prose fiction from 1850 to the present day with a particular interest in feminism, Spanish Gothic and gender studies.

Dr Arantza Mayo’s research interests lie in the area of Hispanic Golden Age literature and visual arts, including Colonial America, as well as in 20th-century Bolivian literature and Latin American political poetry.

Dr Richard Pym's research involves pioneering work in the field of Golden Age Spanish society, literature and art, including a historical study of early modern Spain’s gypsies.

Dr Sarah Wright researches modern and contemporary Spanish culture, theatre and film. 

Postgraduate students

We welcome postgraduate researchers and offer excellent supervision for PhD and Masters by Research students in a variety of areas in Hispanic Studies, as well as, in tandem with other language-areas in the School and a range of topics in comparative literature and visual cultures.

Current research topics

Current research topics in Hispanic Studies include 

Memory and the Trauma of Fascism in Contemporary Spanish Narrative

Trauma in Spanish Film of the 1940s

Language as Disguise in the Novels of Javierías

Art, Femicide and Space in Contemporary Mexico.

We contribute to the School Seminar Series as well as to Hispanic Research Seminars. The prestigious annual David Vilaseca Memorial Lecture was established in October 2010 to honour the memory of a much loved colleague whose powerful intellectual legacy continues to inform and inspire research at the very highest levels internationally.

Potential applicants for postgraduate study should contact the academics who are specialists in their areas of interest directly or by contacting Dr Daniella Sands, Director of Graduate Studies.

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