Prof Stephen M. Hart

Professor of Latin American Film, Literature and Culture


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
14th Sep 1998

Research summary

Stephen M. Hart is Professor of Latin American Film, Literature and Culture at University College London. He is a specialist in Latin American literature, film and culture and has published a series of monographs and edited volumes on Latin American literature and film. In 2000 he published an edition of Vallejo's poems, and in 2002 an annotated bibliography of Vallejo's work with Jorge Cornejo Polar, and in 2003 he and Juan Fló brought out Autógrafos olvidados, an edition of the 52 hand-written manuscripts of early versions of Vallejo’s poems which had been discovered in Montevideo. His literary biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez was Reaktion Books "Book of the Month" when it was published in August 2010, and has since been translated into Chinese (June 2014). His literary biography of Cesar Vallejo came out in English in 2013, and has been re-published in Spanish, Cesar Vallejo: una biografia literaria (2014), traduccion de Nadia Stagnaro. His book Latin American Cinema, was published in May 2015 by Reaktion Books. He has completed a new biography of the inaugural saint of the Americas, Santa Rosa de Lima (1586-1617), a research project funded by the British Academy (SG121483; June 2013-June 2015), and he has now begun a new research project, a scholarly edition of the Apostolic Process of Santa Rosa de Lima, which is funded by the Leverhulme Trust (1 October 2015-30 September 2017).

Teaching summary

Stephen Hart teaches courses on Latin American literature, film and culture at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, The Latin American Supernatural (First-year course), and Cultural Dilemmas (Fourth-Year course). He teaches a Masters course on 'How to make an 8-minute documentary' for the Film Studies MA, and co-teaches a course on documentary film-making at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television at San Antonio de los Banos in Cuba during the summer. 


University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1985
University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1984
University of Cambridge
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1980


Stephen M. Hart  (BA, Cambridge University 1980; PhD, Cambridge University, 1985), is Professor of Latin American Film, Literature and Culture at University College London. He is General Editor of Tamesis and founder-director of the Centre of César Vallejo Studies which promotes knowledge of the life and work of Vallejo via annual cultural events and symposia. He is the Director of a Documentary Film-Making Project which runs an annual summer school in Cuba at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in San Antonio de los Baños, operational since 2006, and he is Director of the Festival of the Moving Image. He has co-directed a short documentary based on Cuban inventiveness, El invento (2006), and directed a docudrama based on César Vallejo’s life and work, Traspié entre 46 estrellas (2006), screened at the Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, in Rome and in California, as well as two short documentary films, Chiaroscuro (2008) on the making of Julio Garcia Espinosa's El Megano, and Sin titulo (2009) which analyses nightmares, politics and film in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's work. Stephen Hart recently completed a film version of one of Cesar Vallejo's plays, Dressing-Room. He was interviewed on BBC Four - World News Today, BBC World, on 7 October 2010 as a result of the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2010 to the Peruvian author, Mario Vargas Llosa. He has been awarded the Order of Merit for Distinguished Services by the Peruvian Government (2004) and has an Honorary Doctorate from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru (2004). He was made a Miembro Correspondiente by the Academia Peruana de la Lengua in January 2014 and awarded the Order of Merit by the National University of Trujillo in October 2014.