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