Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies
Ms Clare Szembek
tel 020 7679 3109;
internal extension X33109;
Dr Humberto Núñez-Faraco
(Head of Department)
tel: 020 7679 4332;
internal extension X34332;
News & Forthcoming Events
- International Conference - The Future of Hispanism
- London World Film Festival 2013
- Translating 'Live' Poetry
- Gained in Translation
- Dr Deborah Martin will introduce El último verano de la boyita at ISA's 'Staging the Future: Argentine Films in Dialogue' Series
- Graduate student, Kathleen Sparks awarded grant
- Alcalá Galiano Lecture
- LECTURE: Benigno Trigo (Vanderbilt University), 6 June 2012 at 11am
- Vacancy in the department
- Dr Claire Lindsay awarded a Dorot Foundation Research Fellowship
- Professor Stephen Hart's Documentary Summer School in Cuba
- Dr Jo Evans will introduce Mexican film, Miss Bala, at the Cineschool festival 2012
- Vacancy in the department
- Dr Jo Evans will discuss Pan's Labyrinth at the European Institute Film Day
- César Vallejo conference. 16-17 March 2012
- Final year student, Roberta Radu's prize-winning article
- Dept of Spanish and Latin American Studies, UCL nominated for award
- Final year student Roberta Radu shortlisted in Guardian competition
- Award for Dr. Maria del Pilar Blanco
- Alcala Galiano Memorial Lecture
- Alumni Events
Dr Gareth Wood
SELCS Year-Abroad Tutor
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.