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Spanish and Portuguese


Current PhD Students

Current PhD Students in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

An asterisk * denotes a student who is a member of the Latin American Cultural Studies Consortium between our Department and CLAS (Centre of Latin American Studies).


Name College Research Topic Supervisor
David Bailey* Trinity Hall The insecurities surrounding gender and sexuality in literature from the 19th century and dictatorship period Prof Brad Epps / Prof Maria Lisboa
Emily Baker* Jesus College Nazism and the Second World War in Contemporary Latin American Literature. Dr Rory O'Bryen
Lucy Bollington*   Philosophies of excess in contemporary Mexican literary and visual culture. Dr Geoffrey Kantaris
Luis Castellví Laukamp Christ’s College Góngora or the creation of a world: flora, fauna and landscape in Polifemo and Soledades. Dr Rodrigo Cacho
Liliana Chávez Díaz* Fitzwilliam College

The fiction of the nonfiction. Constructing conversations in contemporary Latin American documentary narratives.

Prof Steven Boldy
Imogen Choi (née Sutton) Trinity Hall The representation and discussion of warfare and its alternatives in 16th- and 17th-century heroic poetry of the New World. Dr Rodrigo Cacho
Katy Critchfield*   The intersections of politics and aesthetics in post-dictatorship southern cone culture. Dr Rory O'Bryen
Carlos Ezcurra*   Researching body and subjectivity in contemporary Argentine film. Dr Joanna Page
Rebecca (Becky) Fell Clare College A study of gossip as discourse, dialogue and catechism in late 19th Century/early 20th Century Hispanic narratives and literature. Prof Brad Epps / Prof Alison Sinclair
Lucy Foster* Jesus College The visual culture and poetics of the coast of Mexico. Erica Segre
Aretousa Giannakou Magdalene College Morphosyntactic change in the linguistic repertoire of Greek heritage speakers in South America. Dr Ioanna Sitaridou
Helen Glaisher-Hernández* Corpus Christi Postcolonialism and cultural identity in twentieth-century Latin American classical music. Dr Geoffrey Kantaris
Aleksandra Goclawska      
Ran Huo* Clare College A comparative study of Sofonisba Anguissola (c.1532-1625) and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695), with a focus on the representation of the self.  Dr Rodrigo Cacho
Paul Hyland* Trinity College A comparative study of experimental fiction in the Iberian Peninsula from the 19th Century to the present day.  Prof Steven Boldy
Rebecca Jarman*   Spatial transformations in contemporary representations of the Venezuelan City (1989 onwards). Dr Geoffrey Kantaris
Laura Kemp Wolfson College Cultural trauma and the role of child protagonists in contemporary film about the Spanish Civil War. Dr Stuart Davis
Paul Merchant*   Figures of house and home in contemporary Argentine and Chilean cinema. Dr Joanna Page
Nadia Oberto St Edmund's College Cultural history of crime in Spain, with a regional focus in Northern Castile during the late Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries. Prof Alison Sinclair
Hazel Robins Queens' College Portuguese historical novels and their embracement of marginality. Prof Brad Epps / Prof Maria Lisboa
Minyan Sun*   Zen Buddhism in the short stories of Julio Cortázar Dr Joanna Page
Natasha Tanna* St John’s College Desire, sexuality, and transnational subjectivity in contemporary writing by women in Latin America and Barcelona: Cristina Peri Rossi, Maria-Mercè Marçal, and Flavia Company. Prof Brad Epps
Elizabeth Vargas King's College Conceptualization of narratives that construct and/or de-construct categories that define African spaces, bodies, and voices. Dr Geoffrey Kantaris
Sandra Velásquez-Alford* King's College The critical relationship established by Carlos Fuentes and Alejo Carpentier, in their literary and critical works, with the traditional historiography of their countries. Prof Steven Boldy
Emmanuela Wroth King's College A comparative study of Italian and Spanish female-authored narratives, written under and after the dictatorships of Mussolini and Franco. Prof Brad Epps

Please also see our list of former PhD students and student testimonials.