David García Vidal

Email davidgarciavidal@hotmail.com

David was born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where he took his degree on Hispanic Philology in 1995. After graduating, he took postgraduate courses at the same university, which were successfully completed in 1997. During this period, he also began a degree in Galician Philology and officially qualified to be a teacher of Spanish Language and Literature and Spanish as a Foreign Language. He arrived in Birmingham in 1998 to work as a Colloquial Assistant for Hispanic Studies and since 2001 has been working as a Language Tutor.

In 2000 he started his research on Galician theatre and national identity. His PhD Teatro breve galego contemporáneo e identidade nacional: os Cadernos da Escola Dramática Galega will be submitted in 2009.

David has given papers based on his research in different conferences and symposiums:

  • “Os Cadernos da Escola Dramática Galega. Dificultades para a construcción dunha alternativa para o teatro galego contemporáneo”. Paper given at the internacional conference Entre o Nacionalismo literario e as Literaturas Nacionais. Homenaxe a Xoán González-Millán organized by Department of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Languages and Literatures of the City University of New York (CUNY) (New York, 5 September 2003).
  • “Textos fundacionais e mitos nacionais: o drama histórico galego a finais do século XIX”. Paper given at the international conference Crear mitoloxías: a superestructura simbólica da Galicia imaxinada organized by the Seminario de Estudios Galegos of the University of Birmingham (Birmingham, 26-27 March 2004).
  • “Teatro Popular Galego: estética y compromiso para el teatro gallego en América”. Paper given at the International conference Spanish Republican Exile Geographies organised by the Centre for the Study of Hispanic Exile of the University of Birmingham (2008)

A summary of David’s research can be found in the article “Os Cadernos da Escola Dramática Galega. Dificultades para a construcción dunha alternativa para o teatro galego”. This paper has been published in the journal Anuario de Estudios Literarios Galegos 2002 (February, 2004).