Dr Gareth Wood

Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2008

Research summary

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 by OUP in 2012.

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. An essay on the use of palimpsests in Grandes’s El corazón helado appeared in 2012 in a volume on her work 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 develop this further by developing a large-scale research project on Shakespeare in modern Spain. An article on the influence of Shakespeare's Othello on Galdós's novel Tormento will appear shortly in the Modern Language Review.


Teaching summary

I am currently teach a first-year course option on experimental drama in early twentieth-century Spain (SPAN1212), a second-year course on the Realist and Naturalist novel (SPAN2103), and a fourth-year course on the Battle for Memory in the contemporary Spanish Novel (SPAN4407, 4408, 4409). I also teach Master's courses on the Hispanic Novel of Dictatorship, Fiction during the Franco period in Spain, and Translation.


St. Peter's College, Oxford
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2007
St. Peter's College, Oxford
Other higher degree, Master of Studies | 2003
St. Peter's College, Oxford
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2002


I studied Modern Languages (Spanish & Portuguese at St Peter's College, Oxford, where I also gained a Master of Studies in European Languages (Spanish). I completed my D.Phil. in 2007. From 2005 I was the Queen Sofia Research Fellow in Spanish at Exeter College, Oxford. I joined UCL in 2008. I live with my partner in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. We have two children, Joseph and Hannah.