Prof Claire Lindsay

Prof Claire Lindsay

Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Jul 2004

Research summary

My research has been shaped by a keen interest in literary and cultural geographies. I am the author of 3 monographs, 3 edited/co-edited volumes of essays and over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in major journals and/or key reference works in the field.

My first monograph, Locating Latin American Women Writers (Lang, 2003) was situated within ongoing debates in feminist geography, literary and cultural studies and was concerned with the interplay between location and authorship. My second book Contemporary Travel Writing of Latin America (Routledge, 2010) was the first major study of contemporary travel writing in the region by travellers from the region. It explores the complexity of 'domestic' experiences and narratives of travel in/to Latin America and rethinks key terms and tropes in travel writing and postcolonial studies in light of their complex iterations in the region in the contemporary period of globalisation. The book was issued in paperback in 2015 and published in Spanish translation as Escritura contemporánea de viajes de América Latina (Bogotá: Instituto Caro y Cuervo, 2016).

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) and published articles on the work of Bruce Chatwin, Frances Calderón de la Barca, Julio Cortázar, and María Novaro. I also edited Traslados/Translations: Essays on Latin America in Honour of Jason Wilson (Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2012). 

My most recent monograph, Magazines, Tourism, and Nation-Building in Mexico (Palgrave, 2019) 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. Research for this project was funded by the British Academy and by a research fellowship awarded by the Harry Ransom Center at UT Texas, Austin. This open access book, the first Pivot edition of Palgrave's Studies in the Americas series, argues that magazines are rich but overlooked tools to interrogate the ramifications of tourism on the country's reconstruction after Revolution as well as autonomous objects of study that perform a vital if complex role in Mexico's visual culture.

I am currently working on a number of research projects: a consideration of hospitality in Mexico's global sixties, again funded by the British Academy; an edited volume on history, politics and visuality in Latin America's periodicals (with Maria Chiara D'Argenio); and a new book on travel writing and the emotions.   

Teaching summary

I teach undergraduate courses on Latin American women writers, Crime Fictions in Latin America and an advanced ELCS course called Writing Shame.

To date, I have supervised eight research students to completion on a range of topics including; nineteenth-century Irish migration to Argentina; travel in the work of Roberto Bolaño and Juan José Saer; secrecy and political intimacy in Argentina; experimentalism in the work of Julio Cortázar and Italo Calvino; women writers and artists of the Latin American avant-garde; and women murderers in Chile.   


University of Strathclyde
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2001
University of Edinburgh
Other higher degree, Master of Arts (Hons) | 1995


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, to Reader in October 2013 and to Professor in October 2019.