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, where she studied a BA Hons in Hispanic Studies and went on to specialise on Portuguese Studies afterwards. 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. She is currently looking at how images affect the reader’s perception of the autobiographical text.

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:

• “Image, Text, Self: Representation in Charles Reis Felix's Through a Portagee Gate (2004).”, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. (Forthcoming, Autumn 2014)
• “Writing the Home: Charles Reis Felix's Autobiography and its Negotiation of Domestic Place and Space.” Ellipsis vol. 11 (2013): 187-209.
• ‘Francisco Cota Fagundes: The Challenge of Autobiographies’, Gávea-Brown. Vol. XXXIV (2012): 49-68.
• "Janus and the Portuguese Emigrant: The Autobiographies of Portuguese Immigrants in the United States." Luso-Brazilian Review vol. 49, no. 2 (2012): 232-250.
• ‘Travelling, the Traveller, and the Journey Theme in Azorean Literature.’ AndarILHAgem. Number 6 (2009): 67-79.
• ‘Independence Movements (Azores and Madeira)’ in Prem Poddar et.al., A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures – Continental Europe and its Empires. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008). pp. 460-61.
• ‘Quando uma ilha tem consciência de si própria: auto-imaginação em A ilha décima de Maria Luísa Soares.’ Teia Literária. Vol. 2 (2008): 35-48.
• '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)
• The Metaphorical “Tenth Island” in Azorean Literature: The Theme of Emigration in the Azorean Imagination (Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2006)
• ‘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. Vol. 20 (2004)