Dr Carmen M. Ramos Villar

Carmen M. Ramos Villar

Senior Lecturer

email : c.ramosvillar@sheffield.ac.uk


Dr Carmen Ramos Villar was an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Bristol. Her doctoral thesis examined the theme of emigration in Portuguese literature, concentrating in the works produced by writers from the Azores islands and from the Azorean-American community. She was awarded her doctorate in 2004.

Before coming to the University of Sheffield, Dr Ramos Villar taught Portuguese Studies at Manchester University for one year.

Dr Ramos Villar's research interests have developed from her doctoral thesis to explore how autobiographical writings, and biographical studies, portray the Portuguese migrant in the United States and Canada. One of the aims of this study is to examine the way the emigrant constructs identity and compare the notion of being Portuguese with the construction of Portuguese identity in Portugal in recent years. She is currently writing a book on this topic.

At the Department of Hispanic Studies, Dr Ramos Villar teaches Portuguese language, and offers modules on the literature and history of the Portuguese-speaking world.

Carmen is the Director of Portuguese Studies in the Department.


Her publications include:

  • The Metaphorical “Tenth Island” in Azorean Literature: The Theme of Emigration in the Azorean Imagination (Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2006)
  • 'Anthologies and Azorean Literature: The Construction of an Azorean Identity’, in Kirsty Hooper, Stuart Davis and Helena Buffery (eds), Reading Iberia (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007)
  • ‘João de Melo: a Happy Emigrant with Tears’, in John Kinsella and Carmen Ramos Villar (eds), Mid-Atlantic Margins, Transatlantic Identities: Azorean Literature in Context (Bristol: University of Bristol Press, 2007), pp. 105-123
  • Mid-Atlantic Margins, Transatlantic Identities: Azorean Literature in Context, co-edited with John Kinsella (Bristol: University of Bristol Press, 2007)
  • ‘Eduardo Bettencourt Pinto: The Problems of Being a Double Emigrant’, in Anthony Soares (ed.), Towards a Portuguese Postcolonialism (Bristol: University of Bristol Press, 2006), pp. 169-195.
  • 'War as an Internal and External Battleground in Álamo Oliveira’s Até Hoje (Memórias de Cão)', Portuguese Studies, 20 (2004)