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Jo Labanyi

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

B.A. 1967 (Spanish), Oxford.

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Spanish literature and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries; film, especially that of the early Franco period; gender studies; popular culture; memory, especially in relation to the Spanish Civil War.

External Affiliations:

Modern Language Association, Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, Asociación Internacional de Galdosistas, Asociación Española de Historiadores del Cine; Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Fellowships/Honors:

Fellow of the British Academy; Member of Peer Review College, European Science Foundation; Member of Peer Review College, Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK); Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London; Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Southampton (UK); President, Asociación Internacional de Galdosistas 2002-5 King Juan Carlos I Professor of Spanish Culture and Civilization, New York University 2002; British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow 1993-5


Spanish Literature. Very Short Introduction series. OUP. 2010

The Politics of Memory in Contemporary Spain. Monographic issue of Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 9.2. 2008.

Constructing Identity in Contemporary Spain: Theoretical Debates and Cultural Practice. OUP. 2002.



Gender and Modernization in the Spanish Realist Novel. OUP. 2000. Spanish translation: Cátedra. 2011.



Spanish Cultural Studies: An Introduction. The Struggle for Modernity, co-edited with Helen Graham. OUP. 1995.

‘Being there: the documentary impulse from Ayguals de Izco to Galdós’, in Studies in Honor of Vernon Chamberlain, ed. Mark Harpring. Juan de la Cuesta. 2011.

‘Silence, trauma and abjection: La madre muerta (Juanma Bajo Ulloa, 1993)’, in Burning Darkness: Half a Century of Spanish Cinema, ed. Joan Ramon Resina, Andrés Lema-Hincapié and Thomas C. Platt. SUNY Press. 2008.

 ‘Negotiating modernity through the past: Spanish costume film of the early Franco period’, in Recalcitrant Modernities: Spain, Difference, and the Construction of European Modernism. Monographic issue of Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies 13.2-3. 2007.

‘Horror, spectacle and nation-formation: historical painting in late nineteenth-century Spain’, in Visualizing Spanish 
Modernity, ed. Susan Larson and Eva Woods. Berg. 2005.



'Love, politics and the making of the modern European subject: Spanish Romanticism and the Arab world', Journal of Hispanic Research 5.3 (2004).



'Resemanticising feminine surrender: cross-gender identifications in the writings of Spanish female fascist activists', in Women's Narrative and Film in Twentieth-Century Spain, ed. Ofelia Ferrán and Kathleen Glenn. Routledge. 2002.

Editorial Positions:


Founding Editor, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies.
General Editor, Remapping Cultural History book series, Berghahn Books

Updated on 02/05/2015