Literature and Culture

Dr Conrad M James, Lecturer. His main research interests are Twentieth-Century Spanish Caribbean literature, race and migration in Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean, and gender politics in contemporary Caribbean culture. He has published articles on Nancy Morejón, Excilia Saldaña, and Manuel Granados, and is co-editor of a recently-published collection of essays, The Cultures of the Hispanic Caribbean. Dr James is also completing a book called Gender and Sexuality in Black Cuban Culture.

  • "Georgina Herrera and the Pleasures of Maternity"In Bulletin of Latin American Research: Journal of the Society for Latin American Studies, 22:4 (2003), 465-83. Special Section: Spanish Caribbean Women Writers, edited with an introduction by Conrad James, 420-23.
  • "Queering Cuba: Male Homosexuality in the Short Fiction of Manuel Granados"In The Culture of Gender and Sexuality in the Caribbean, edited by Linden Lewis (Gainesville: The University Press of Florida, 2003), 251-74.
  • "Filial Resentment and Maternal Desire: Reading Poems by Georgina Herrera"In Centre of Remembrance: Memory and Caribbean Women's Literature, edited by Joan Anim-Addo (London: Mango, 2002), 215-34.
  • The Cultures of the Hispanic Caribbean, edited by John Perivolaris and Conrad James, Warwick University Caribbean Studies (Warwick: Warwick University Press, 2000).(Also: Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2000)
  • "Punishing Female Transgression in Lucumi Culture: Eugenio Hernández Espinosa's María Antonia"In Kiss and Quarrel: Yorùbá/English, Strategies of Mediation, edited by Stewart Brown, Birmingham University African Studies Series, no.5 (Birmingham: University of Birmingham, Centre of West African Studies, 2000), 231-41.
  • "Patterns of Resitance in Afro-Cuban Women's Writing: Nancy Morejón's 'Amo a mi amo'"In Framing the Word: Gender and Genre in Caribbean Women's Writing, edited by Joan Anim-Addo (London: Whiting and Birch, 1996), 159-68.

Publications by other staff members

  • Antonio Sánchez, "La idea de nación y el papel de de la literatura en José Carlos Mariátegui", in Fernando de Diego, Gastón Lillo, Antonio Sánchez Sánchez & Borka Sattler (eds.), Identidad(es) del Perú en la literatura y las artes (Ottowa: University of Ottawa Press, 2005), pp.85-98.
  • Cuestión de tiempo. La poesía de Fernando Ortiz (Seville: Alfar, 2005)Este trabajo estudia la poesía de Fernando Ortiz desde la perspectiva de “poeta del tiempo”. En este libro se destaca el dominio del oficio y el conocimiento que Fernando Ortiz tiene de la tradición poética española, y el singular uso que de ella hace en la elaboración de su obra.
  • Review (from Yahoo - noticias).
  • "Tiempo, Tradición y Ciudad en la poesía de Fernando Ortiz", Espéculo, Revista de estudios literarios, Facultad de Ciencias de la Información, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Revista Digital Cuatrimestral, ISSN: 1139-3637, 22 (Noviembre 2002-febrero 2003)
  • Frank Lough, "La función de la escritura en Las dos historias de Felisberto Hernández", Río de la Plata, 19 (1998), 265-74.
  • "La escritura como compromiso: en busca de la identidad en El caballo perdido", Fragmentos. Revista de Língua e Literatura Extranjeiras, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil), 6:1 (Sept., 1996), 69-80.
  • Dr Patricia Odber de Baubeta has a special interest in Latin American popular culture, brief narrative and especially the Uruguayan short story, on which she has published several articles. She is currently preparing a critical study of Mario Arregui.
  • Fragmentos. Literatura Uruguaia. Revista de Língua e Literatura Estrangeiras. Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Volume 6, nº1 (1996).
  • "De la commedia dell'arte a El regreso del gran Tuleque"In Cuadernos de Marcha, Montevideo, tercera época, año XII, nº131 (1997), 23-31.
  • Actas del XII Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas. Estudios Hispanoamericanos I.Edición al cuidado de Trevor J. Dadson. Birmingham: Department of Hispanic Studies, The University of Birmingham, 1998, VI..
  • Actas del XII Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas. Estudios Hispanoamericanos II.Edición al cuidado de Patricia Odber de Baubeta. Birmingham: Department of Hispanic Studies, The University of Birmingham, 1998, VII.

Publications by postgraduates

  • Yolanda Pampín Martínez, "Mutilation, Poetics and Aesthetics: Writing the Female Body in Cristina García Dreaming in Cuban and The Aguero Sisters"in Letras femeninas, número especial, Cuerpo/género/texto: el imaginario corporal en la literatura femenina hispánica, 30:1 (2004), 51-63.
  • Beyond Solitude. Dialogues between Europe and Latin America, edited by Kate Duncan and Electra Karidis, with a foreword by Susan Bassnett, University of Birmingham Press, Modern Languages Publications, 1995.
  • This book is the result of an international conference, held at the University of Birmingham in May 1994, Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity and Politics in Chicano and Latin American Studies.
  • It includes contributions from Alistair Hennessy, Paul Julian Smith, Fabienne Bradu, Carmen Boullosa, Guillermo Sheridan, and Deborah Shaw.

  • Dr Helena Buffery, Lecturer. Researches on Spanish American theatre.

By former researchers in the Department

 

  • Thornea Beckford, "The Illiterate Muse", The Anáhuac Journal. The Academic Journal of the Universidad Anáhuac del Sur, edited by Stephen Murray, volume 1, nº2 (Spring / Summer 1998), 156-163.
  • Miriam Haddu, "Historiography goes to the Movies: the case of Jorge Fons' Rojo amanecer", in Changing Reels: Latin American Cinema Against the Odds. Edited by Rob Rix and Roberto Rodríguez Sarona. Leeds: Trinity and All Saints University College, 1997, 131-143.
  • Nicole Roberts, "Mulatto", Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature. Edited by Verity Smith. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997, 570-571.
  • Nicole Roberts, "Négritude", Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature. Edited by Verity Smith. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997, 581-582.