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Former PhD Students

Recent PhD awardees:

Name Research Topic Year Awarded Supervisor
Dr Dunja Fehimovic Contemporary Cuban film in relation to national identity 2015-16 Dr Rory O'Bryen
Dr Daniel Gutiérrez Trápaga Development and diachronic transformation of narrative cycles in XVIth century Castilian romances of chivalry, from the perspective of intertextuality 2015-16 Dr Rodrigo Cacho
Dr Zeljko Jovanovic Endangered Judeo-Spanish Folk Material: Colection, Re-creation and Recovery by Twentieth-Century Sephardic Authors from the former Yugoslavia 2015-16 Dr Louise Haywood
Dr Anna Kendrick The World of the Child: Holism and New Education in Spain 1918-1936 2015-16 Prof Alison Sinclair
Dr Franco Pesce The Abyss of Writing: The literary and the sublime in Bolaño and Vila-Matas 2015-16 Dr Rory O'Bryen / Dr Stuart Davis

Former PhD Students in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Name Position Research Topic
Acle-Kreysing, Dr Andrea Research Fellow at the Faculty of History, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich / Global and European Studies Institute, University of Leipzig The religious and political ideas of Jaime Balmes (1810-1848) and Juan Donoso Cortés (1809-1853)
Allen, Dr Alice Development Producer & Assistant Producer at True Vision Productions Transformation, urban space and social difference in contemporary Brazilian documentary film and photography.
Bacon, Dr Kathy Independent researcher in Spanish literature and culture The Distinction of Holiness: Negotiating sainthood in Spanish novels, 1870-1915

Bell, Dr Lucy

Lecturer in Spanish and Translation Studies, University of Surrey The relationship between the Latin American short story in the mid-twentieth century and different media which were booming at the time: among others, photography, cinema, telephony and journalism. Focused on the authors Juan Rulfo, Julio Cortázar and Augusto Monterroso.
Bradbury, Dr Jonathan Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, University of Exeter The tradition of the Spanish 'miscelánea' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Breen, Dr Rebecca Lecturer in Art from Latin America and Curating, University of Essex The intersections between testimonio and contemporary Latin American women artists.
Caldin, Dr Tom Works for the United Nations  Paternity, incest and subjectivity in two medieval Castilian epic poems, the 'Poema de mio Cid' and 'Mocedades de Rodrigo'. Rethinking the place of the vassalic subject in the light of Lacan and Zizek.
Earnshaw, Dr Katie   The history of photographic representations of indigenous communities from Chiapas, with particular focus on indigenous self-representation.
Evans, Dr Geraint Cultural Studies and Spanish at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China Perspectives of masculinity in the theatre of Calderón de la Barca.
Faulkner, Prof. Sally Professor of Hispanic Studies and Film, University of Exeter Author of Literary Adaptations in Spanish Cinema (Tamesis-Boydell Brewer, 2004) and A Cinema of Contradiction: Spanish Film in the 1960s (Edinburgh Univeristy Press, 2006). Holder of an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship over 2010-11 for a project entitled A New History of Spanish Cinema: Middlebrow Films and Mainstream Audiences.
Gatland, Dr Emma Barrister at Harcourt Chambers, London.  Practises family and civil law. Women and authority in medieval Castilian hagiographic narrative.

Gilbert, Dr Jan

Freelance journalist Alterity in late medieval Spain, focusing on representations of Muslims and Christians in frontier ballads. Research Fellowship project on the gaze in medieval Spanish epic, ballads, romances, and historiography.
Gutiérrez-Albilla, Dr Julián Daniel Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California The relationship between dissident subjectivities and visual and textual transgressions in the Spanish and Mexican cinema of Luis Buñuel, 1950s and 1960s, mainly drawing on psychoanalytic theory and re-readings of Surrealist aesthetics.
Hazbun (née Coates), Dr Geraldine University Lecturer in Medieval Spanish Literature and Fellow of St Anne's College, University of Oxford Treachery and loss in medieval foundation myths of Castile with reference to the ideology of group identity.
Ifode, Dr Mariama Head of Careers and Alumni Relations, Francis Holland School Sloane Square, London Space, Identity and Exile in the Work of los escritores hispanomexicanos
Ibarz, Dr Alex Post-doctoral researcher, University of Reading 'Ausiàs March and the Troubadour Question'. Studying the affiliation of this fifteenth-century Valencian author to the classical Occitan canons of troubadour literature (twelfth and thirteenth centuries).
Jiménez Torres, Dr David Lecturer in Contemporary Spanish Studies, University of Manchester The work of Ramiro de Maeztu and on intellectual exchanges between Spain and England in the early 20th century.
Kefala, Dr Eleni Senior Lecturer in Spanish, University of St Andrews Peripheral (Post)Modernity: The Syncretist Aesthetics of Jorges Luis Borges, Ricardo Piglia, Dimitris Kalokyris, and Achilleas Kyriakides. Studies on the diverse cultural modernities and postmodernities in countries of the periphery, with particular reference to Greece and Argentina.
Lennon, Dr Paul Joseph College Associate Lecturer and Fellow in Spanish, St John’s College, University of Cambridge Beyond Neoplatonism: Love in the poetry of Francisco de Aldana
Lima de Sousa, Dr Helen

Independent researcher and freelance translator in Brazil.  Previously, holder of the Santander Portuguese Postdoctoral Senior Studentship (2012-2015), Clare College, University of Cambridge. Affiliated Lecturer at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Cambridge

Beyond Indianism: The Different Faces (and Races) of Civilization and Primitiveness in Brazilian Romanticism
Lippmann, Dr Lore Restructuring Manager, Advisory at Grant Thornton UK LLP Hispanismo, Hispanidad and Spanish-Latin American Cultural Relations (1982-2004).
Lithander, Dr Erik Director of International Affairs, University College Dublin, Ireland A study of the pre-exile novel of Julio Cortázar
Lopes Gordon, Dr São Lecturing at University in Portugal Sexuality in early twentieth-century Portuguese poetry.
Loxham, Dr Abigail Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Spanish, University of Queensland, Australia Identity in contemporary Spanish film.
McKinney, Dr Collin Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish at Bucknell University, USA Author of 'Mapping the Social Body: Urbanisation, the Gaze, and the Novels of Galdós' (UNC Press, 2010).
Martin, Dr Debbie Senior Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies at UCL Gender, politics and aesthetics in Colombian women's cultural production 1940-2005. The thesis looks at painter Débora Arango, novelist Laura Restrepo, and women's documentary film-making in Colombia since 1972.
Melo e Castro, Dr Paul Lecturer in Portuguese, University of Leeds The representation of 1960s Lisbon in the novel, the photobook and film.
O'Bryen, Dr Rory Senior Lecturer in Latin American Literature and Culture, Dept of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Cambridge Thesis on the representation of violence - in particular the loosely defined and murky set of events referred to as 'La Violencia' - in Colombian literature and cinema post 1970. The thesis places a special emphasis on the links between violence and cultural change in literary works by four contemporary Colombian authors (Gustavo Álvarez Gardeazábal, Fernando Vallejo, Alfredo Molano and Laura Restrepo) and in cinematic works by four directors (Julio Luzardo, Carlos Mayolo, Leopoldo Pinzón and Luis Ospina).
Osbourne, Dr Nicholas   The relationship between allegory and 'the fantastic' in the literary work of Juan Jose Arreola.
Page, Dr Joanna Senior Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies, Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge Contemporary Argentine literature and cinema: postmodern approaches to history, narrative and social critique, with particular reference to the work of Ricardo Piglia.
Page, Dr Philippa Lecturer in Hispanic Studies and Film, University of Newcastle Politics and performance in post-dictatorship Argentine film and theatre.
Posso, Prof Karl Professor of Latin American Studies, Head of Language-Based Area Studies, University of Manchester Late 20th Century Brazilian narrative (Silviano Santiago and Caio Fernando Abreu).
Rodríguez, Dr Jose Luis Formerly Lecturer in Spanish, University of Aberdeen, currently working in Spain. The relationship between identity, desire, and language in three novels — Volverás a Región, Una meditación and Un viaje de invierno — by the Spanish author Juan Benet.
Rothwell, Prof. Phillip King John II Professor of Portuguese Studies in the Sub-faculty of Portuguese, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford, (from 1 October 2013. Fellow of St Peter's College. Author of A Postmodern Nationalist (Bucknell University Press, 2004) and A Canon of Empty Fathers: Paternity in Portuguese Narrative (Bucknell University Press, 2007). Executive editor of ellipsis: Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association.
Ruz, Dr Robert Works for the United Nations  Contemporary Peruvian narrative and popular culture.
Schulte, Dr Kim Lecturer, Universitat Jaume I, Castelló, Spain Linguistics — comparative Romance syntax: pragmatic factors in non-finite complementation (particularly in Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian).
Taylor Prof Claire Professor of Hispanic Studies, University of Liverpool Latin American women's writing: Griselda Gambaro (Argentina), Albalucía Ángel (Colombia), Laura Esquivel (México)
Tomlinson, Dr Emily   Narrative engagements with torture in recent writing from Algeria and Argentina.
Weisl-Shaw, Dr Andreea College Lecturer at Corpus Christi, Cambridge The interplay of humour and didacticism in medieval Spanish and French comic tales.
Williams, Dr Claire Lecturer in Brazilian Literature and Culture, University of Oxford. Fellow and Tutor in Portuguese, St Peter's College. Author of The Encounter Between Opposites in the Works of Clarice Lispector (HIPLA, 2006). Co-editor, with Dr. Claudia Pazos Alonso, of Closer to the Wild Heart (Legenda, 2002) and, with Dr. Ann Davies and Dr. Par Kumaraswami, of Making Waves: Wisps Anniversary Volume (CSP, 2008). Associate Editor of the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. President of Women in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies 2006-09.
Wright, Dr Sarah Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, Royal Holloway Readings of Garcia Lorca’s ‘marginal’ theatre highlighting male fantasy, masquerade and the carnivalesque.
Wylie, Dr Lesley Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies, University of Leicester Post-colonial rewritings of European discourses of 'tropicality' in the novela de la selva, with a focus on landscape aesthetics, ethnography, and tropes of tropical degeneration.