Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
B.A. 1967 (Spanish), Oxford.
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.
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.
Select Publications: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.
Founding Editor, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies.
General Editor, Remapping Cultural History book series, Berghahn Books