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Catherine Davies

Professor of Hispanic and Latin American Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

Licenciada en Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Complutense, Madrid. 1979. PhD Glasgow 1984. Posts in the Universities of St Andrews, Queen Mary College, London, Manchester and Nottingham. Teaching, Research and Management. AHRC Advisory Board 2009-2013.

Expertise Summary

History, Literature, Culture: Spanish America (especially Argentina, Colombia) and Spain. 19th and 20th Centuries. Gender studies, nationalisms.

Teaching Summary

I am interested in teaching texts (historical, literary, autobiographical etc) written in Spanish, 19th and 20th C. For me any kind of writing needs to be embedded in its historical context to be… read more

Research Summary

My current research is on two broad themes a) the Wars of Independence in Spanish America (1810-1824), in particular the impact on women and on gender categories more widely. b) the life and work of… read more

I am interested in teaching texts (historical, literary, autobiographical etc) written in Spanish, 19th and 20th C. For me any kind of writing needs to be embedded in its historical context to be fully understood.

Current Research

My current research is on two broad themes a) the Wars of Independence in Spanish America (1810-1824), in particular the impact on women and on gender categories more widely. b) the life and work of Ramon Maria de Labra, famous for introducing abolitionist legislation into Spain and Cuba in the 1870s and 1880s.

In a wider context I am investigating the development of liberal thought in Spain and Spanish America in the 19th C. I am also exploring gender inflections of Spanish American Independence discourse. My research is historically and theoretically contextualized text-based study.

My research interests also include comparative cultural studies and translation studies in the areas of 19th, 20th and 21st Century Spanish, Galician, Spanish American, American and English Studies, especially fiction and poetry.

Past Research

My past research was on nationalism and its articulation in literature, in particular with reference to Galicia, Spain (and the work of Rosalía de Castro). I went on to examine gender and nationalism, in Spain and Cuba. This led me to a more general politically contextualized study of two women novelists (Roig and Montero), modernist poetry (Darío), women writers in 19th-20th C Spanish America and Spain, and 20th C Cuba. I directed a large AHRC funded research grant investigating gender and women in the Spanish American Wars of Independence 1810-1825, and studied in detail the work of Neo-Granadian (Colombian) writer Josefa Acevedo publishing in the 1840s. I am particularly interested in the formation and transmission of liberal thought in 19th C Spanish America and Spain, and this had led me to think about political revolution and social reform, in a case study the Labra family, father (Ramón) and son (Rafael María). The father was a liberal officer in the Spanish army who governed Cienfuegos in Cuba in the 1840s, and the son became the most outstanding and longstanding voice in the the metropolitan Parliament in favour of the abolition of slavery in Cuba and Puerto Rico. More recently I have researched the wider and more longstanding implications of the Independence period on the social and political developments of the Spanish Atlantic world.

Future Research

My future research will bring together my interest and knowledge in the fields of 19th &20th C Spanish/Spanish American history and literature by exploring the interplay of historical narrative and historical fiction that focus on the Independence period.

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