Dr Olivia Vázquez-Medina

Research interests

I graduated with a Licenciatura en lengua y literatura hispánicas from the Universidad Veracruzana, in Mexico, and obtained an MSt in European Literature and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. I joined Royal Holloway in September 2010.

My research focuses on representations of the body in 20th- and 21st-century Spanish American fiction. I have worked on a number of ‘New Historical Novels’, exploring the interrelations between bodily imagery, history and textuality. My current research examines the representation of physical and mental illness in a range of narratives from Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Argentina. Drawing on theories of embodiment, space and subjectivity, a further ongoing research project investigates the aesthetics and politics of sensorial imagery in a number of travel narratives written by Mexican authors.

Teaching

SN1002 Introduction to Translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish

SN1108 Authors and Readers in 20th-Century Spanish American Fiction

SN2120 Love in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel

SN3112 Spanish American Literature: An Overview

SN3120 Journeys of Discovery in 20th-Century Spanish American Literature

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