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Stephen Roberts

Associate Professor and Reader in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies and Head of Department, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

From 1987 till 1988 I was Lecturer in Spanish at St Hugh's College, Jesus College, Wadham College and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.

From 1988 till 1990 I held the Queen Sofia Junior Research Fellowship and a Lecturership in Spanish at Exeter College, Oxford.

From 1991 till 1994 I was lecturer in Spanish at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Since 1994, I have been Lecturer and then Associate Professor and Reader in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, University of Nottingham.

Expertise Summary

My main research areas are the literature, culture and intellectual history of Spain in the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth, with a particular interest in the thought and public role of Miguel de Unamuno and in the poetry of Juan Ramón Jiménez, Federico García Lorca and others. I have also worked on cinema (John Huston, Juan Antonio Bardem, Víctor Erice, biopics). My current research deals with the phenomenon of exile.

Teaching Summary

My teaching includes the Spanish side of a survey course on the literature of Spain and Spanish America between 1840 and the present day and, at final year level, modules on Unamuno and on Literature… read more

Research Summary

I am currently completing a book dealing with Miguel de Unamuno´s time in exile (1924-1930).

Recent Publications

  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2016. 'Clowning and Tragic Clowning: Miguel de Unamuno as a Funny Writer' Romance Quarterly. 63(2), 53-62
  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2016. 'Exile 1924-1930: Essays, Narrative and Drama'. In: JULIA BIGGANE & JOHN MACKLIN, ed., A Companion to Miguel de Unamuno Woodbridge: Tamesis. 53-74
  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2016. '"Lorca eran todos": Las prácticas genocidas en Granada y su memorialización'. In: ÉLIANE LAVAUD-FAGE ET CATHÉRINE ORSINI-SAILLET, ed., Des Génocides dans le monde hispanique contemporain? Réalités et représentations 33. Binges: Éditions Orbis Tertius, Hispanística XX. 243-260
  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2016. 'Los intelectuales en la política cultural republicana'. In: IDOIA MURGA CASTRO Y JOSÉ MARÍA LÓPEZ SÁNCHEZ, ed., Política cultural de la Segunda República Española Madrid: Editorial Pablo Iglesias. 223-245

My teaching includes the Spanish side of a survey course on the literature of Spain and Spanish America between 1840 and the present day and, at final year level, modules on Unamuno and on Literature and Film under Franco. I also teach translation from Spanish into English and give classes on Spanish grammar.

Past Research

My most recent research has had two strands. On the one hand, I have focused on the intellectual history of Spain between the 1880s and the 1930s. I have been particularly interested in the literature, thought and politics of Miguel de Unamuno and, centrally, his pioneering role in the emergence of the figure of the modern intellectual in Spain. I have also looked at the intellectual dialogue between Spain and Spanish America over this same period. On the other hand, I have been analysing different aspects of Spanish and Spanish American poetry of the first decades of the twentieth century, including García Lorca's poetic dialogue with the visual arts, Neruda's formal experiments, and the relationship between poetry and philosophy in Juan Ramón Jiménez. I have also worked on other aspects of Spanish and Spanish American thought (Ortega and Rodó) and on the Spanish cinema of the 1950s (Bardem) and 1990s (Erice).

Future Research

I plan to analyse the nature and function of certain generational relationships in Spanish novels of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (including novels by Galdós, Pereda, Martínez Ruiz and Baroja).

  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2016. 'Clowning and Tragic Clowning: Miguel de Unamuno as a Funny Writer' Romance Quarterly. 63(2), 53-62
  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2016. 'Exile 1924-1930: Essays, Narrative and Drama'. In: JULIA BIGGANE & JOHN MACKLIN, ed., A Companion to Miguel de Unamuno Woodbridge: Tamesis. 53-74
  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2016. '"Lorca eran todos": Las prácticas genocidas en Granada y su memorialización'. In: ÉLIANE LAVAUD-FAGE ET CATHÉRINE ORSINI-SAILLET, ed., Des Génocides dans le monde hispanique contemporain? Réalités et représentations 33. Binges: Éditions Orbis Tertius, Hispanística XX. 243-260
  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2016. 'Los intelectuales en la política cultural republicana'. In: IDOIA MURGA CASTRO Y JOSÉ MARÍA LÓPEZ SÁNCHEZ, ed., Política cultural de la Segunda República Española Madrid: Editorial Pablo Iglesias. 223-245
  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2015. 'Intelectual: historia de una palabra y un concepto clave en la obra de Miguel de Unamuno'. In: ARDILA, J.A.G., ed., El Unamuno eterno Barcelona: Anthropos. 431-56
  • STEPHEN GH ROBERTS, 2015. 'Federico García Lorca et le cinéma' Europe: Revue Littéraire Mensuelle. 93e année(1032), 170-85
  • STEPHEN ROBERTS, 2014. 'Lorca, el cine y la renovación del teatro español' Hispanistica XX: Littérature et Cinéma Allers-Retours. 31, 365-75
  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2014. 'Miguel de Unamuno y la Gran Guerra' Monteagudo: Monográfico: La Primera Guerra Mundial y el acontecer literario en España: 1914. Tercer Época(19), 133-44
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H. and SHARMAN, A., eds., 2013. 1812 echoes: the Cadiz Constitution in Hispanic history, culture and politics Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • MARÍA JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ JURICO and STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2013. 'El sol del membrillo/The Quince Tree Sun (Víctor Erice, 1992): Moving Pictures – Painting, Drawing and Filmmaking'. In: MARÍA M. DELGADO and ROBIN FIDDIAN, eds., Spanish Cinema 1973-2010: Auteurism, Politics, Landscape and Memory Manchester: Manchester University Press. 78-90
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2013. Censura, auto-censura y traducción en los artículos publicados por Miguel de Unamuno durante su exilio voluntario en Francia (1924-1930). In: GUEREÑA, J.-L. and ZAPATA, M., eds., Censure et manipulations dans les mondes ibérique et latino-américain Presses Universitaires François-Rabelais. 253-272
  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2013. The Twelfth Annual Pérez Galdós Lecture (2012): Galdós and 1812
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2013. Towards a political anthropology: "Cádiz" by Benito Pérez Galdós. In: ROBERTS, S.G.H. and SHARMAN, A., eds., 1812 echoes: the Cadiz Constitution in Hispanic history, culture and politics Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 207-225
  • MARÍA JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ JURICO and STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2013. ‘How a Constitution is Made: An Interview with Alfonso Guerra’. In: STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS and ADAM SHARMAN, eds., 1812 Echoes: The Cadiz Constitution in Hispanic History, Culture and Politics Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 337-65
  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2013. Del sentimiento trágico de la vida (1913) Revista de Hispanismo Filosófico. 18, 115-22
  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2012. 'El ser, el otro y la noción de comunidad en la obra de Unamuno' Hispanistica XX: Identité / Altérité dans la culture hispanique aux XXe-XXIe siècles. 29(2011), 51-58
  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2011. 'Cantando para contar: La vida de Cole Porter en Night and Day (1946) y De-lovely (2004)'. In: GLORIA CAMARERO, ed., Vidas de cine. El biopic como género cinematográfico Madrid: T&B Editores. 61-91
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2011. Rescatando a Don Juan: "El hermano Juan o el mundo es teatro" de Unamuno: perspectivas actuales Hecho teatral. 11, 193-218
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2011. El retablo de Maese Federico: Lorca's Romancero gitano as puppet theatre Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies. 17(2-3), 195-207
  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2010. 'Tíos y sobrinos, maestros y discípulos: la difícil transmisión de valores en la novela española finisecular' Hispanistica XX: Transmission/Transgression. 27(2009), 127-134
  • STEPHEN ROBERTS, 2010. Review article of Colette y Jean-Claude Rabaté, Miguel de Unamuno. Biografía The Times Literary Supplement.
  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2009. 'Lorca, el poeta pintor'. In: JEAN ANDREWS Y STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, ed., Obra en marcha. Ensayos en honor de Richard A. Cardwell Nottingham: Critical, Cultural and Communications Press. 158-69
  • JEAN ANDREWS Y STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, ed., 2009. Obra en marcha. Ensayos en honor de Richard A. Cardwell Nottingham: Critical, Cultural and Communications Press.
  • STEPHEN G.H. ROBERTS, 2008. 'La transformación de la memoria colectiva. El caso de De mi país (1903) y Recuerdos de niñez y de mocedad (1908) de Miguel de Unamuno' Hispanistica XX: Mémoire(s). Représentations et transmission dans le monde Hispanique (XXe-XXIe siècles). 25(2007), 133-40
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2007. Miguel de Unamuno o la creación del intelectual español moderno Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca.
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2007. 'Out of the Ashes: Unamuno and Hispanicity Post-1898'. In: GOH, CONSTANCE and MCGUIRK, BERNARD, eds., Happiness and Post-Conflict Cultures Nottingham: Critical, Cultural and Communications Press. 157-77
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2007. ‘El socialismo de Unamuno entre 1914 y 1924’ Cuadernos de la Cátedra Miguel de Unamuno. 43, 89-98.
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2005. 'El papel de Unamuno en la emergencia del intelectual moderno en España'. In: CHAGUACEDA TOLEDANO, A., ed., Miguel de Unamuno. Estudios sobre su obra. II Salamanca : Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca. 255-76
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2005. 'Placas tectónicas: Miguel de Unamuno y la renovación de la sensibilidad religiosa en España' In: Hispanistica XX, volume 21 (2003). 141-50
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2004. Hispanidad: el desarrollo de una polémica noción en la obra de Unamuno Cuadernos de la Cátedra Miguel de Unamuno. 39, 61-80
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2003. Oyéndose casualmente a sí­ mismo: de Hamlet a Augusto Pérez. In: CHAGUACEDA TOLEDANO, A., ed., Miguel de Unamuno: estudios sobre su obra. I Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca. 95-112
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2003. 'La virtualidad fenomenológica y la primera poesía de Juan Ramón Jiménez' In: Hispanistica XX, volume 19 (2001). 305-15
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2003. 'Unamuno, Spanishness and the Ideal Patria: An Intellectual's View' Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies. 8, 125-136
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2002. The self-adjusting sonnet: Pablo Neruda's 'Arte poética' (30 pp.) At: The Kate Elder Lecture, Department of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary and Westfield College. ISBN 0904188779
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2002. 'Obras incompletas: la historia textual póstuma de la obra de Unamuno y sus efectos en la crítica'. In: , ed., Los textos del 98 Centro para la Edición de los Clásicos Españoles, Spain,. 143-66
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2001. 'El exilio como una experiencia temporal: Miguel de Unamuno y <i>Cómo se hace una novela</i>'. In: , ed., Le XXème siècle, parcours et repères : culture hispanique Dijon : Centre d'Études et de Recherches Hispaniques du XXème siècle, Université de Bourgogne.
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2001. Review of Lucas Mallada, La futura revolución española y otros escritos regeneracionistas, intr. by Francisco J. Ayala-Carcedo and Steven L. Driever Modern Language Review. VOL 96(PART 2), 553-554
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2001. Review of Miguel de Unamuno's Political Writings 1918-1924, Vol. 3, ed. G.D. Robertson Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Liverpool). lxxviii, 258-59
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2001. 'El nacimiento de un prejuicio: 1898, América Latina y la galofobia de Unamuno' In: Tu mano es mi destino: Actas del Congreso Internacional Miguel de Unamuno. 417-23
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2001. 'The Reception of <em>Ariel</em> in Spain: Rodó, Unamuno and the Emergence of the Modern Intellectual'. In: SAN ROMÁN, G., ed., This America We Dream Of: Rodó and Ariel One Hundred Years On London : Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. 68-91
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2000. 'Unamuno, 1898 y la crisis de la Restauración'. In: , ed., 1898: Entre la crisi d'identitat i la modernització: Actes del Congrés Internacional celebrat a Barcelona, 20-24 d'abril de 1998 I. Barcelona : Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de la Presidencia. Comissió 1898. 239-48
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 2000. 'Unamuno and the Restoration Political Project: A Reevaluation'. In: HARRISON, J. and HOYLE, A., eds., Spain's 1898 Crisis: Regenerationism, Modernism, Post-colonialism Manchester : Manchester University Press. 68-80
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 1999. 'In Search of a New Spanish Realism: Bardem's "Calle Mayor" (1956)'. In: EVANS, P.W., ed., Spanish Cinema: The Auteurist Tradition Oxford : Oxford University Press. 19-37
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 1998. Review of Carmen Arocena, Víctor Erice Tessera. 4, 189-190
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 1998. 'The Function and Mission of Theatre: Ortega's Idea del teatro' Contemporary Theatre Review. 7(3), 57-66
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., 1998. Review of Miguel de Unamuno's Political Writings 1918-1924. Volume 1: La anarquia reinante (1918-1920) and Volume 2: El absolutismo en acecho (1921-1922), ed. G.D. Robertson Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Liverpool). VOL 75(NUMBER 4), 489
  • ROBERTS, S. G. H., 1997. Review of Luisa Marina Perdigó, The Origins of Vicente Huidobro's `Creacionismo' (1911-1916) and its Evolution (1917-1947) Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Liverpool). VOL 74(NUMBER 1), 131
  • ROBERTS, S.G.H., ed., 1996. Miguel de Unamuno: Political Speeches and Journalism (1923-1929) University of Exeter Press, Exeter, England.

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