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Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies
University College London, Gower Street
Reader in Latin American Literature and Culture
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
My research interests are nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American literature and culture, Latin American cinema, comparative literature, and travel writing.
My two monographs, Locating Latin American Women Writers (Lang, 2003) and Contemporary Travel Writing of Latin America (Routledge, 2010), speak to my principal interests in the work of women writers, on which I teach an undergraduate module, and in the experience and narrative of travel in/to Latin America. Contemporary Travel Writing of Latin America was issued in paperback in 2015 and has just been published into Spanish translation as Escritura contemporánea de viajes de América Latina (Bogotá: Instituto Caro y Cuervo, 2016) (see: http://www.caroycuervo.gov.co/micrositios/?page_id=373).
I have also co-edited two special journal issues on travel writing in/about Spain and Spanish America of Studies in Travel Writing (2003) and Tesserae (2006). In addition, in relation to questions of travel and mobility, I have published articles on the work of Bruce Chatwin, Frances Calderón de la Barca, Julio Cortázar, and María Novaro. I have edited a third volume of essays, Traslados/Translations: Essays on Latin America in Honour of Jason Wilson (Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2012).
I am currently working on two different research projects. One is a consideration of articulations of shame in Latin America, on the subject of which I teach an advanced, final-year course module called Writing Shame.
My other project is a book called Magazines, Tourism, and the Making of Modern Mexico. This project explores how cultural and travel magazines articulated an imaginative geography of Mexico for an international reading public from the 1920s to the 1970s at a time when tourism became central to the country's efforts to refashion itself as a modern republic. The project has been funded by the British Academy and by a research fellowship awarded by the Harry Ransom Center at UT Texas, Austin.
Doctor of Philosophy
Latin American Literature studies
|University of Strathclyde|
Master of Arts (Hons)
|University of Edinburgh|
My first academic post was as a Teaching Fellow in Spanish at the University of Aberdeen (1997-1998) before I took up my first lectureship in Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of Stirling (1998-2002). In 2002, I was appointed Lecturer in Literature in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths', University of London where I worked for four years before joining UCL as a lecturer in January 2006. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in October 2007 and to Reader in Latin American Literature and Culture in October 2013.