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Astruc, Dr Lluisa

Lluisa Astruc works on Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Her research focuses on the acquisition of the first and the second language, and on wider issues around teaching and learning Modern Languages. For instance, the 4-year project "Diasporic identities and the politics of modern language teaching" (funded by AHRC OWRI grant as part of a larger project led by Kings College London) focuses on the role of modern language teachers as mediators between languages and cultures.

 
 

Boldy, Prof Steven

Steven Boldy works on modern Latin American Literature, principally from Argentina and Mexico. He focuses mainly on individual authors such as Julio Cortázar, Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Fuentes and Juan Rulfo.

Cacho, Dr Rodrigo

Rodrigo works on early modern literature and culture, focusing on comparative studies including European poetry and visual arts in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France. He is currently working on the early development of Spanish American poetry in its transatlantic context.

 

Cameron, Dr Bryan

Bryan Cameron's research centers on modern Spanish culture with a particular focus on literary, filmic and ideological production from the eighteenth century to the present.

Carreres, Dr Ángeles

Ángeles Carreres's interests lie in the theory and practice of translation and in language teaching and learning. She has published on post-structuralist approaches to translation and, more recently, on the role of translation in language teaching and learning.

Conde, Dr Maite

​Maite Conde’s research focuses on modern Brazilian culture. More specifically her work engages with questions concerning the relationship between cinema, literature and modernity in Brazil. This involves a sustained examination of theoretical debates regarding the productive dialogue between film and literary modernism in the early 1900s, discussions concerning cinema and modernity in Brazil’s First Republic, and the relationship between film and modern politics from the 1930s onwards. 

Davis, Dr Stuart

Stuart Davis specialises in modern and contemporary Spanish Peninsular culture, with a particular interest in memory, shame and other emotions in literature, film and visual cultures. He has long standing interests in in canon theory, metacriticism, museum studies and representations of gender and sexuality.

Drayson, Dr Elizabeth

Elizabeth Drayson work on medieval and early modern Spanish literature and cultural history, with a particular interest in the relationship between Arabic, Jewish, and Christian cultures in medieval and Golden Age Spain, as well as the interpretation of medieval literature in art and film.

 

Egan, Dr Caroline

Caroline Egan studies early colonial Latin American literature and culture, with a particular focus on texts written in and about Amerindian languages in the 16th and 17th centuries. Her research deals with the categories of orality and literacy in the broad context of the colonial Americas. Trained in comparative literature, she is also interested in reimaginings of the colonial period in later American literary works.

Epps, Prof Brad

Brad Epps' research interests interests include eighteenth to twenty-first century Spanish and Latin American literature, Catalan literature and film, Ibero-American cinema, photography, and art, Hispanophone Africa, theories of visuality, modernity, critical theory, gender and sexuality studies, feminist thought, queer theory, urban cultures, immigration, and post-colonial studies, among others. 

 

Haywood, Dr Louise

Louise Haywood’s work focuses on medieval Iberian literature and culture, particularly visual culture and space. Her main interests include authority, truancy and humour; premodern notions of the body and psychology, particularly as they relate to power, love, gender and sexuality; manuscript communities; and the representation of Christians, Jews and Muslims. Her work on Juan Ruiz’s Libro de buen amor, the fifteenth-century cancionero and teaching translation is well known.

 

Kantaris, Dr Geoffrey

Geoffrey Kantaris's research focuses on Latin American cinema with particular interest in contemporary urban film produced in Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil. He has additionally worked on Latin American women's literature and on the theory of Latin American popular culture. He has strong interests in urban theory, human geography and theories of spatiality, "translocal" cultures, the politics of culture in Latin America, spatiality, "translocal" cultures, the politics of culture in Latin America, feminism and posthumanism.

Keown, Prof Dominic

Dominic Keown works on culture in Spain from 1833 to the present day. He is particularly interested in the interface between the official Spanish creative voice in literature, cinema and the arts and the dissident response from the Catalan-speaking areas in all their variety. He has translated many of the principal exponents of this ideological antagonism into English. 

Kogut Lessa de Sá, Dr Viven

​Vivien Kogut Lessa de Sá is interested in comparative studies involving Brazilian, Portuguese and English literatures and in early modern travel writing.

Lennon, Dr Paul Joseph

Paul Lennon's research focuses on the literature and culture of Golden Age Peninsular Spain. In particular, he is interested in poetry and the philosophical currents that helped shape it, such as Neoplatonism.

Lisboa, Prof Maria Manuel

Maria Manuel (Manucha) Lisboa's research interests lie in the area of manifestations of political, religious and social dissent in literary and visual texts in Portugal and Brazil from the nineteenth century to the present.

Maguire, Dr Geoffrey

Geoffrey Maguire’s research and teaching interests focus on the intersections of politics and culture in contemporary Latin America, with a particular emphasis on 21st-century Argentine literature, film and visual art.

Noriega-Sánchez, Dr María

​María Noriega-Sánchez interests lie in pedagogical translation, curriculum design and development of language learning material.

O'Bryen, Dr Rory

Rory O'Bryen’s research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century Colombian culture, and specifically on the intersections between literature and politics. 

Page, Dr Joanna

Joanna Page's research focuses on Argentine literature and cinema, Chilean cinema, and graphic fiction from Latin America. Her work engages with theories of science and culture, as well as new materialist and posthuman thought, postcolonial theory, film and new media theories, and capitalism and neoliberalism in Latin America.

 

Polgovsky Ezcurra, Mara

The work of Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra focuses on twentieth-century Latin American art and visual culture, in particular looking at the relationship between art and politics, the body in contemporary art, and, more recently, art and technoscience. Her areas of expertise are Mexico, Argentina and Chile. Polgovsky Ezcurra’s approach to the study of the history and politics of art is rooted in an effort to make visible the social value of this practice, share this value with students and other audiences, and understand how art is responding to recent processes of political and technological change. Her work has an interdisciplinary orientation, engaging with the fields of politics, philosophy, history of science, and anthropology.

 

Ramos-Jordan, Dr Alicia

Alicia Ramos Jordan works mainly on Spanish and US Latino Literature, with a particular focus on Chicano/a Literature written in Spanish and its relation to Hispanic Literature. She is interested in how the reception of Spanish literature in hybrid and multilingual U.S.-Latino/a texts alters the understanding of the classical literature. She analyzes too the problem of translation.

 

Schuery, Felipe

Felipe Schuery has a Master’s degree in Literature and Discourse Analysis and worked on the notion of "Image of the Author" in the Academia Brasileira de Letras. Moreover, he is interested in Children’s Literature - his first book was published in 2013: Ralf & Demi – Uma história de duas metades (Quatro Cantos); Foreign Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics and Translation.

Sinclair, Prof Alison

Alison Sinclair, who retired in September 2014, specialises in nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century Peninsular literature, culture and intellectual history, with a focus on popular culture and cultural transmissions. She was PI on the AHRC-funded project ‘Wrongdoing in Spain 1800-1936: Realities, Representations, Reactions’ (2011-2014), and is currently part of a project to compile a universal catalogue of Spanish chapbooks (pliegos sueltos).

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