Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Modern & Medieval Languages

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Dr Rory O'Bryen    

Dr Rory O'Bryen

College: King's College

Positions:
University Senior Lecturer in Latin American Literature and Culture (Senior Lecturer from 1 October 2014)
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Postal Address:
King's College
King's Parade
CAMBRIDGE   CB2 1ST

Email:   rro20@cam.ac.uk
Phone:    (+44) (0)1223 331676
Fax   (+44) (0)1223 335062  

Rory O'Bryen is interested in post-Boom Latin American literature, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century Colombian culture and history. He is the author of Literature, Testimony and Cinema in Contemporary Colombian Culture: Spectres of "La Violencia" (Woodridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2008), and co-editor, with Geoffrey Kantaris, of Latin American Popular Culture: Politics, Media, Affect (New York: Boydell and Brewer, 2013). As well as publishing on Colombian culture, he has published on writers such as Borges, Fernando Vallejo, the ‘McOndo’ group, Roberto Bolaño and Santiago Gamboa. He recently collaborated on the project Art and Place: Site-Specific Art of the Americas (London: Phaidon Press, 2013), and is a contributor to the forthcoming Cambridge History of Colombian Literature (Cambridge/New York: CUP, 2015).

His current research explores the representation of the Magdalena River in Colombian culture between 1850 and the present day. It engages with a range of works, including mid-nineteenth-century regional romances, late nineteenth-century Afro-Colombian poetry, the aesthetics and politics of steam in Colombian modernismo, representations of leprosy in early twentieth-century literature, music and silent film, the ‘novela de la Violencia’ of the 1950s, and late twentieth-century engagements with narcotráfico. In doing so it uses the river as a conduit into the fragile interplay between nation-formation and global political and economic processes.

He is one of the editors of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies.

 

 

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