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Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is one of the largest in the UK, and has been ranked as one of the most outstanding for teaching and research. The Department is a lively and friendly community of undergraduates, postgraduates (masters and doctoral students), researchers and lecturers with interests ranging from the cultures and history of Catalonia, Portugal and Spain, to those of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico amongst others.

Particular research interests of staff are in fields as diverse as film and media studies, modern Peninsular and cultural studies, Portuguese and Brazilian literature and visual arts, translation theory, syntax of the Romance languages, contemporary Catalan culture, Medieval and Golden Age studies, and Latin American literature, film and visual arts.

The Department has approximately 400 undergraduates (across all years) and 14 postgraduate students who conduct their research under the supervision of senior members of staff. Most teaching is undertaken in small groups (supervisions), and as a student here (at any level) you will have frequent opportunities to discuss your work with teaching staff, often on a one-to-one basis.

If you are interested in studying here as an undergraduate, you may like to read the information about applying and attend one of our Faculty Open Days. If you wish to undertake postgraduate research in the Department, please see our dedicated information for MPhil and PhD students. We very much welcome enquiries from prospective students at all levels.

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Anthony Close Scholarship in Spanish Golden Age Studies

31 July 2014

Clare College continues the fund-raising campaign to establish The Anthony Close Scholarship in Spanish Golden Age Studies . If you would like to make a donation and for further information, please refer to this page .

New Publications

4 June 2014

Members of the Department have published the following books during the previous academic year: Ghosts of the Revolution in Mexican Literature and Visual Culture by Erica Segre; Latin American Popular Culture: Politics, Media, Affect by Geoffrey Kantaris and Rory O'Bryen; Science Fiction and Digital Technologies in Argentine and Brazilian Culture by Ed King; The Lead Books of Granada by Elizabeth Drayson; Creativity and Science in Contemporary Argentine Literature: Between Romanticism and Fomalism by Joanna Page.