Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies

Contact Details

Ms Clare Szembek
(Departmental Co-ordinator Mon-Wed)

Ms Alex Lopez Alvarez
(Departmental Co-ordinator Wed pm-Fri am)

tel 020 7679 3109;
internal extension X33109;

Dr Humberto Núñez-Faraco
(Head of Department)

tel: 020 7679 4332;
internal extension X34332;

Dr Humberto Núñez-Faraco

Dr Núñez-Faraco teaches an introduction course to nineteenth and twentieth-century Argentine literature and more specialised courses on Spanish American essay writers, the works of J. L. Borges, and twentieth-century political ideologies. His publications include the monograph Borges and Dante: Echoes of a Literary Friendship (Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2006), and several articles on the Argentinian writer. His current research interests are in the field of the literature of ideas. Future plans for publication include a monograph on utopian versus realist perspectives in 19th- and 20th-century Spanish American thought.

Office: Foster Court 316

Office hours: Thursdays 4.00-5.00 p. m., Fridays 4.00-5.00 p.m. or by appointment.


Tel: +44 207 679 4332 (internal x34332)
Fax: +44 207 679 2297


1. Articles in peer reviewed journals:

‘In Search of the Aleph: Memory, Truth, and Falsehood in Borges’s Poetics’, The Modern Language Review, 92 (1997) 613–29.

‘Love, Sex, and Hell in Borges’s Early Lyrics’, Donaire, 13 (1999) 27–35.

‘History and Allegory in Borges’s “La escritura del dios”’, Neophilologus, 85 (2001) 225–43.

‘Literature and Ethics in Borges’s Early Work’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 79 (2002) 771–89.

‘The Theme of Lovesickness in “El Zahir”’, Variaciones Borges, 14 (2002) 115–55.

‘Borges, Dante, and Barbusse: A Contribution Towards a Comparative Reading’, Variaciones Borges, 17 (2004) 199–212.

‘A Note on the Sources of “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 88: 1 (2011) 83–99.

‘La dimensión afectiva en la poesía juvenil de J. L. Borges’, Neophilologus, 95 (2011) 235–47.

‘Gauchos and Martyrs in “El evangelio según Marcos”’, Variaciones Borges, 34 (2012) 143–59.

‘Poesía y verdad en los escritos de juventud de Jorge Luis Borges’, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 89, no. 6 (2012) 645–54.

‘Dante, precursor de Borges’, Neophilologus (in press: DOI: 10.1007/s11061-014-9409-1).

2. Chapters in books:

‘Magical-Realist Elements in José Eustasio Rivera’s The Vortex’, in A Companion To Magical Realism, ed. by Ouyang, Wen-chin and Stephen Hart (Woodbridge: Tamesis Books, 2005), pp. 114–22.

‘Borges, Tlön, and Judeophobia’, in Essays in Hispanic Literature and Culture in Honour of David Henn, ed. by Stephen M. Hart and Derek Gagen (London: Centre of César Vallejo Studies, 2008), pp. 99–106.

‘The Idiosyncrasy of Barbarism and Borges's “El evangelio según Marcos”’, in Traslados/Translations: Essays on Latin America in Honour of Jason Wilson, ed. by Claire Lindsay (London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2012), pp. 35–50.

‘Teaching Christian, Muslim and Jewish Themes in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges’, in Approaches to Teaching Borges, ed. by Edna Aizenberg (New York: The Modern Language Association of America) [submitted].

3. Books:

Borges and Dante: Echoes of a Literary Friendship (Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2006).

Research projects

Utopian versus realist perspectives in 19th- and 20th-century Spanish American thought (the outcome of this project will be published as a monograph by Peter Lang Publishers).