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

Dr Gareth Wood

Office Hours: Mondays 3-4pm, Tuesdays 11-12am.

Office location: Foster Court room 303.

Tel: +44 207 679 3108 (internal x33108)
Fax: +44 207 679 2297

My research interests lie in three main areas: the development of the novel in late nineteenth-century Spain and in particular the work of Leopoldo Alas, Emilia Pardo Bazán, and Benito Pérez Galdós; the early twentieth century intellectual Miguel de Unamuno; and the contemporary novel in Spain, particularly the work of Javier Marías. Of these, I have written most extensively on Marías and my monograph on the impact of translation on his career, Javier Marias's debt to translation: Sterne, Browne, Nabokov was published in May 2012 by Oxford University Press.

More recent research work has focused on debates surrounding Historical Memory in modern-day Spain and their influence on a group of contemporary writers, including Juan Manuel de Prada, Almudena Grandes, Antonio Muñoz Molina, and Isaac Rosa. I recently completed an essay on Grandes’s El corazón helado which will appear in a volume in the Cuadernos de narrativa series. Work on memory debates has also informed my approach to Miguel de Unamuno. An article on Unamuno’s attitudes towards the Nationalist uprising that caused the Spanish Civil War, and his reading of Shakespeare in this crucial late period of his intellectual engagement with his homeland, will appear shortly in the Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

Underpinning all of my research thus far has been a consistent interest in the interaction between English-speaking literary culture and Spanish writers in the modern period. I hope to pursue this further by developing a large-scale research project on Shakespeare in modern Spain.

I am currently scheduled to teach a second-year course on the Realist and Naturalist novel (SPAN2103),  a fourth-year course on the Battle for Memory in the contemporary Spanish Novel (SPAN4407, 4408, 4409), as well as an ELCS course on the representation of debt in the nineteenth-century novel (ELCS6002). I also teach translation at Master's level.