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Dr Rory O'Bryen

Rory O'Bryen
Position(s): 
University Senior Lecturer in Latin American Literature and Culture
Department/Section: 
Spanish & Portuguese
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
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(+44) (0)1223 331676
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King's College
King's Parade
Cambridge
CB2 1ST

About: 

Rory O'Bryen teaches and researches on modern Latin American culture, and has particular interests in 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), which explores the role of violence in the production of urban space and the urbanizing dimensions of memory discourses on violence in Colombia. He co-edited and contributed to Latin American Popular Culture: Politics, Media, Affect (New York: Boydell and Brewer, 2013), and has published on Borges, Fernando Vallejo, the ‘McOndo’ group, Roberto Bolaño, Santiago Gamboa, and site-specific art. More recently he co-edited Latin American Cultural Studies: A Reader (Routledge, 2017), and is currently editing (with Catherine Davies) a volume on Transnational Hispanic Studies (Liverpool, 2019).  

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

Published works: 

 

Monograph

O’Bryen, Rory (2008) Literature, Testimony and Cinema in Contemporary Colombian Culture: Spectres of La Violencia (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer) 222 pages.

Edited books

With Geoffrey Kantaris (2013) Latin American Popular Culture:  Politics, Media, Affect (New York/Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer) 300 pages. 

With Jens Andermann, Ben Bollig, Lorraine Leu, Daniel Mosquera, and David M.J Wood (2017) Latin American Cultural Studies: A Reader (New York/London: Routledge) 486 pages.

With Catherine Davies (expected 2019) Transatlantic Hispanic Studies (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press).  

Articles and book chapters

O'Bryen, Rory (forthcoming), 'Untangling the Mangrove: Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of Poor in the Colombian Caribbean' in Liliana Gómez-Popescu and Lisa Blackmore eds. Liquid Ecologies in Latin American and Caribbean Art'. Book chapter.  

O'Bryen, Rory (2019), 'Más allá del silencio de los fusiles: Preliminary Reflections on the "Continuum" of Violence in Colombia post-2016'. Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies Vol 27, No. 4, pp. Article. 

O'Bryen, Rory (2018), 'On the Shores of Politics: Popular Republicanism and the Magdalena River in Candelario Obeso's Cantos populares de mi tierra'. Bulletin of Latin American Research Vol 37, No. 4, pp. 464-478. Article (published online 2017). 

O’Bryen, Rory (2016), ‘Literature, Culture and Society of the Magdalena River’ in Raymond L. Williams ed. A History of Colombian Literature (Cambridge: CUP) pp 215-237. Book chapter

O’Bryen, Rory (2015) ‘Writing with the Ghost of Pierre Menard: Authorship, Responsibility and Justice in Roberto Bolaño’s Distant Star’, in Ignacio Lópezcalvo ed., Bolaño, A Less Distant Star (New York: Palgrave), pp. 17-34. Book chapter.

O’Bryen, Rory (2014) Suárez, Juana. Critical Essays on Colombian Cinema and Culture: Cinembargo Colombia. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Print. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. October. Review. 

O’Bryen, Rory (2013) ‘Tierradentro’ and ‘Guayabero Rock Art, Sierra de Chiribiquete’ in Art and Place: Site-Specific Art of the Americas (London: Phaidon Press). Book chapters.

O’Bryen, Rory (2013) Martin, Deborah. Painting, Literature and Film in Colombian Feminine Culture, 1940-2005. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer/Tamesis. Print. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. Review.

O’Bryen, Rory (2013) ‘Santiago Gamboa’, in Will H. Corral, Nicholas Birns and Juan E. de Castro (Eds), The Contemporary Spanish American Novel: Bolaño and After (London: Bloomsbury, pp. 243-247. Book chapter. 

O’Bryen, Rory and Geoffrey Kantaris (2013) ‘The Fragile Contemporaneity of the Popular’, in Geoffrey Kantaris and Rory O’Bryen eds. Latin American Popular Culture: Politics, Media, Affect (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer), pp. 1–42. Book chapter. 

O’Bryen, Rory (2013) ‘Affect, Politics and the Production of The People: Meditations on the Río Magdalena’, in Geoffrey Kantaris and Rory O’Bryen eds. Latin American Popular Culture: Politics, Media, Affect (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2013), pp. 227–248. Book chapter. 

O’Bryen, Rory (2011) ‘Memory, Melancholia and Political Transition in Amuleto and Nocturno de Chile by Roberto Bolaño’, Bulletin of Latin American Research Vol. 30, No. 4, pp. 473–487. Article. 

O’Bryen, Rory (2011) ‘McOndo, Magical Neoliberalism and Latin American Identity’, Bulletin of Latin American Research 30.1 (March): pp.158–174. Article. 

O’Bryen, Rory (2009) Díaz, Jesús. The Initials of the Earth: A Novel of the Cuban Revolution. Trans. Kathleen Ross, with a foreword by Fredric Jameson. Durham: Duke University Press. Forum for Modern Language Studies. Review. 

O’Bryen, Rory (2009) Caistor, Nick. Octavio Paz. London: Reaktion Books (Critical Lives series), 2008. 144 pp.  Forum for Modern Language Studies. Review. 

O’Bryen, Rory (2009) Fowler, William and Peter Lambert Eds. Political Violence and the Construction of National Identity in Latin America. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. xii + 244. Forum for Modern Language Studies. Review. 

O’Bryen, Rory (2005) ‘Jorge Luis Borges’ in Bill Marshall ed., France and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History (London: ABC Clio, 2005), Vol. l, pp. 170–171. Encyclopaedia entry.

O’Bryen, Rory (2004) ‘Representations of the City in the Narrative of Fernando Vallejo’, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 13:2, pp. 195-205. Article.