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Stuart Davis

Senior Lecturer in Spanish at Girton College



Spanish & Portuguese (MML)

Girton College


Stuart Davis has been a college lecturer in Spanish at Girton College and Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese since 2003. From 2008-2016 he was also a Newton Trust Lecturer for the department. Currently Stuart devotes 75% of his time to being a lecturer and the other 25% to admissions and outreach work, as the Admissions Tutor for Arts subjects at Girton, which includes working with KS5 (A-level) MFL students delivering talks related to the Spanish Civil War or translation workshops.

Teaching interests

Dr Davis teaches across a range of papers offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, including translation papers and literature, film and culture for the first year introductory paper (Sp1) and the second and final year Modern Peninsular Spain papers. Stuart also teaches on the final year Comparative Studies paper CS5 ‘The Body’.

Stuart supervises doctoral research on contemporary Spanish literature, film and culture. Prospective doctoral students are encouraged to get in touch by email with a provisional research proposal.

Research interests

Stuart’s research interests are varied. He has particular interests in memory, shame and other emotions in Hispanic literature, film and visual cultures, as well as long standing interests in canon theory, metacriticism, museum studies and representations of gender and sexuality. His current research work includes a longitudinal study of pedagogical canonicity identified through syllabi in UK universities’ Spanish departments; an articleon transmission of affect in the work of artist Félix González Torres; an article on contemporary Spanish photographer Ouka Leele and her re-workings of canonical artworks. He is the author of Writing and Heritage in Contemporary Spain: The Imaginary Museum of Literature (Tamesis, 2012) and has published articles and book chapters on literary canon formation, queer theory, Juan Goytisolo, Jorge Luis Borges and the 'Generación X'. He has co-edited two volumes of essays: Reading Iberia. Theory/History/Identity (Peter Lang, 2007) and The Modern Spanish Canon: Visibility, Cultural Capital and the Academy (Legenda, 2018).

Selected publications

'The Golden Age in the Hispanic Studies classroom: the changing shape of what we teach our undergraduates in the UK’ in Teaching the old through the new: approaches to teaching Spanish Golden Age texts in the 21st century (ed. by Idoya Puig and Karl McLaughin) forthcoming.

The Modern Spanish Canon. Visibility, Cultural Capital and the Academy Co-edited with Maite Usoz de la Fuente (Legenda, 2018)

'The State of the Discipline: Hispanic Literature and film in UK Spanish degrees', Journal of Romance Studies 18 (2018), 25-44

‘Reading beyond Cognitive Meaning: The Affective Turn in novels of the Spanish “memory-boom”’ (Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 94 (2017), 801-815.

'Constructing the Archive of Contemporary Spanish Culture' Tesserae: Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies 21 (2015), 243-247.

Writing and Heritage in Contemporary Spain. The Imaginary Museum of Literature (Boydell & Brewer/Tamesis, 2012)

‘Close encounters of the cultural kind: The peninsular Spanish canon in a pedagogical context’ Tesserae: Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies 16 (2010), 107-126.

‘“Something of a One-Man Generation”: Understanding Juan Goytisolo’s Place in Contemporary Spanish Narrative’ Dissidences: Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism, 6/7 (2010), n.p.

‘Narrative Battles: War and Memory in the Novels of Juan Goytisolo’, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 86 (2009), 521-536.

‘El lugar de las novelas tardías en la obra completa de Juan Goytisolo’ in B. Adriaensen and M. Kunz (eds.) Pesquisas en la obra tardía de Juan Goytisolo (Rodopi, 2009) pp.23-42

Reading Iberia: Theory / History / Identity, Co-edited with Helena Buffery and Kirsty Hooper (Peter Lang, 2007)

‘Que(e)rying Spain: On the Limits and Possibilities of Queer Theory in Hispanism’ in H. Buffery, S. Davis and K. Hooper (eds.) Reading Iberia: Theory / History / Identity (Peter Lang, 2007), pp.63-79.

‘Reading Author and Text: Juan Goytisolo and Makbara’ in S. Black (ed.) Juan Goytisolo: Territories of Life and Writing (Peter Lang, 2006) pp.41-61.

‘Spain is Different?: The “Generation X” in Spanish Literature’ in M. Hockx, G. Paizis and A. Gutman (eds.) The Global Literary Field, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006) pp. 41-57.

‘Life, Death and the Name: The Case of Juan Goytisolo’, Forum for Modern Language Studies, 41 (2005), 365-374.

‘Re-Reading and Re-Writing Traditions: The Case of Borges’s La casa de Asterión’, Romance Studies, 22 (2004), 139-148.

‘In Defence of an Institution: Approaches to the Peninsular Spanish Canon’, Tesserae: Journal of Iberian and Latin-American Studies, 7 (2001), 129-142.

‘Is there a Peninsular Spanish Canon in Hispanic Studies?’ Donaire, 16 (2001), 5-11.

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Part 2 paper: Sp9 Spanish Literature, Thought and History since 1820

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