Dr Louise Johnson
Director of Catalan Studies
Louise Johnson was an undergraduate and postgraduate at St John's College, University of Oxford, before joining the Department of Hispanic Studies at Sheffield in January 1996.
Louise is Director of Catalan Studies within the Department and Graduate Tutor. She teaches Catalan and Spanish language, literature and culture, and Translation Studies at undergraduate level, and contributes to taught postgraduate modules, as well as supervising research students in the area of Catalan Studies.
Louise´s research interests centre on modern Catalan and peninsular Spanish literature and culture (in particular narrative fiction, gender and sexuality, and sporting culture). Her current research focuses specifically on the literature/physical culture interface in late 1920s´ and 1930s´ Catalonia, although increasingly Louise is developing her wider interest in the field of intellectual discourses and physical culture.
She has published on Llorenç Villalonga and Manuel de Pedrolo amongst others, and edited two collections of articles on twentieth-century Catalan culture. Her monograph on Villalonga, La tafanera posteritat, was awarded the first Premi Llorenç Villalonga in 2001. In press are essays and articles on twentieth-century Catalan women writers (Murià and Martínez-Sagi), on Maria Aurèlia Capmany, and on Spanish tennis star Lilí Álvarez.
Louise is interested in supervising research which relates to or expands on the above areas, and welcomes speculative enquiries.
- ‘Intellectuals and Physical Culture: An Exercise in Mutual Suspicion’, Romance Quarterly, 52:2 (2005), pp. 135–47
- ‘Woman Unbound? Negotiating Images of the Modern in Nineteen Thirties’ Catalonia’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 81:6 (2004), pp. 807–22
- ‘Almost a Revolution: the Cultural Centring of the Swimming Pool’, Romance Studies, 22:1 (March 2004), pp. 41–50
- La tafanera posteritat. Assaigs sobre Llorenç Villalonga (Binissalem/Barcelona: Fundació Llorenç Villalonga/Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat, 2002) Awarded first Premi Llorenç Villalonga (2001)
- ‘"Unsuitable for Minors”? Eroticizing Childhood in La bruixa i l’infant orat’, Romance Quarterly, 48:2 (2001), 111-124.
- 'La ferida oberta per la sageta alada: Aquil.les o l'impossible de Llorenç Villalonga’ in El gai saber: Introducció als estudis gais i lèsbics, ed. Josep-Anton Fernàndez. (Barcelona: Llibres de l'Índex, 2000).
- 'Some thoughts on Pedrolo: estrangement, mothers and others', Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 5 (1999), 37-47.