Professor David Wood

David Wood

Professor of Latin American Studies

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Prof. David Wood came to Sheffield in 1992 from Exeter University, where he completed a British Academy-funded PhD on the work of the Peruvian author Alfredo Bryce Echenique, following a year´s teaching in Peru with the British Council. Bryce Echenique, and contemporary Peruvian and Latin American literature more widely, continue to be research interests, and have given rise to various invitations as a guest speaker at conferences in Europe and Latin America. His critical edition of Bryce Echenique´s Huerto cerrado was published in July 2007. Popular culture, particularly sport, is another major research interest, both in Peru and across Latin America, and a book on literature, football and artesanía in Peru arising from AHRC Research Leave was published in Lima in 2005. His latest research has involved the relationship between sport, literature and visual culture in Latin America, strands which came together in the co-organisation of the Conference `Visual/ Physical: Discourses on Sport and Physical Culture´ (July 2010) and in recent conference invitations and publications on the role of sport in Latin American literature and society. One outcome of this research is the first monograph to examine the relationship between football and literature in the region (2017); another is the AHRC International Research Network 'A Level Playing Field? The Practice and Representation of Women's and Girls' Football in South America', for which he is principal investigator. The women's football network has its own project website, which can be viewed at

David Wood is President of the Society for Latin American Studies and is the Director of International Affairs for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Sheffield.

Prof. Wood´s teaching focuses on various aspects of Latin American society and culture (both political and popular), especially in relation to contemporary Cuba and Peru.


Selected publications:

  • Football and Literature in South America (Oxford/ New York: Routledge, 2017), 227 pp.
  • Fútbol, cultura e identidad en el Perú; in Aldo Panfichi (ed.) Ese gol existe. Una mirada al Perú a través del fútbol (Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2016).
  • Representing Peru: Seeing the Female Sporting Body; Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 21:3 (September 2012), 417-436.
  • Co-editor (with Stephen Hart), Essays on Alfredo Bryce Echenique, Peruvian Literature and Culture (London: Centre for César Vallejo Studies, 2010).
  • ‘Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and the Art of Revolutionary Cinema,’ Bulletin of Latin American Research, 28:4 (October 2009), 512-26.
  • Co-editor (with Louise Johnson), Sporting Cultures: Hispanic Perspectives on Sport, Text and the Body (Oxford/ New York: Routledge, 2008).
  • Huerto cerrado by Alfredo Bryce Echenique. Critical edition with introductory essay, notes and vocabulary (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007).
  • ‘Sport and Latin American Studies,’ Bulletin of Spanish Studies, LXXXIV, 4-5 (June-July 2007), 629-43.
  • ‘Arriba Perú: The Role of Football in the Formation of a Peruvian National Culture,’ in Rory Miller and Liz Crolley (eds.) Football in the Americas: Fútbol, Futebol, Soccer (London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2007), 126-42.
  • De sabor nacional: el impacto de la cultura popular en el Perú (Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2005)
  • ‘Reading the Game: The Role of Football in Peruvian Literature,’ The International Journal of the History of Sport, 22:2 (March 2005), 266-84.