Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies

Contact Details

Departmental Coordinators:
Ms Alex Lopez Alvarez
Ms Clare Szembek (Mon-Wed)
tel: 020 7679 3109
ext: 33109

Head of Department:
Dr Humberto Núñez-Faraco
tel: 020 7679 4332
ext: 34332

Professor Stephen M. Hart

Professor of Latin American Film, Literature and Culture, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, SELCS

Room 305, Foster Court

Office Hours Spring Term 2015: 11.00am - 1.00 pm on Mondays, or by appointment

Phone: 020 7679 3036; internal X33036


Stephen M. Hart (Ph.D., Cambridge University 1985, Ord. al Mérito, Perú 2004-, Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru, 2004-, Académico Correspondiente de la Academia Peruana de la Lengua, 2013-) is Professor of Latin American Film, Literature and Culture at University College London. He is a specialist in Latin American literature, film and culture and has published a series of monographs and edited volumes on Religion, politica y ciencia en la obra de Cesar Vallejo (1987), The Other Scene: Psychoanalytical Readings in Modern Spanish and Latin American Literature (1992), White Ink: Essays on Modern Feminine Fiction in Spain and Latin America (1993), Latin  American Cultural Studies (2003),  A Companion to Latin American Film (2004), a Companion to Magical Realism (2005), When was Latin American Modern? (2005), a Companion to Latin American Literature (2007), Essays on Alfredo Bryce Echenique, Peruvian Literature and Culture (2010), and Gabriel Garcia Marquez (2010). He is General Editor of Tamesis and founder-director of the Centre of Cesar Vallejo Studies which promotes knowledge of the life and work of Vallejo via annual cultural events and symposia. In 2000 he published an edition of Vallejo’s poems, and in 2002 an annotated bibliography of Vallejo’s work with Jorge Cornejo Polar, and in 2003 he and Juan Fló brought out Autógrafos olvidados, an edition of the 52 hand-written manuscripts of early versions of Vallejo’s poems which had been discovered in Montevideo. Stephen Hart is the Director of a Documentary Film-Making Project which runs an annual summer school in Cuba at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in San Antonio de los Baños, operational since 2006, and he is Director of the London World Film Festival held annually at the Bloomsbury Theatre since 2006. He has co-directed a short documentary based on Cuban inventiveness, El invento (2006), and directed a docudrama based on César Vallejo’s life and work, Traspié entre 46 estrellas (2006), screened at the Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, in Rome and in California. His literary biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez was Reaktion Books' Book of the Month in August 2010. Stephen Hart recently completed a film version of one of Cesar Vallejo’s plays, Dressing-Room. In an event held at the Casa de la Emancipacion in Trujillo, Peru, on 19 July 2011, Professor Hart was made an honorary member of the Instituto de Estudios Vallejianos of the University of Trujillo. His documentary film on Julio Garcia Espinosa, Chiaroscuro: The Making of El Megano, was screened at the Teatro Chaplin, in Havana, Cuba on 6 September 2011. He gave the plenary lecture at the International Congress on Cesar Vallejo held at the Casa de la Literatura Peruana in Lima 4-6 July 2012. He was the executive producer of a docudrama, House of Knives (2012), about the time Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine lived together in Camden in 1873. His monograph, Cesar Vallejo: A Literary Biography was published in May 2013, and a collection of essays, Politics, Poetics, Affect: Re-visioning Cesar Vallejo in September 2013. In his current research project, which is funded by the British Academy, Stephen Hart is writing a new biography of Santa Rosa de Lima, the inaugural saint of the Americas (Santa Rosa de Lima: The Evolution of a Saint: SG121483). For more details about this project, click here.