Lauren Rea

Senior Lecturer

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Lauren Rea joined the department as a Lecturer in September 2008 and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2009. She studied Spanish and Portuguese as an undergraduate at King´s College London before completing an MPhil at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge. Lauren was awarded her PhD from King’s College London in 2009 and her thesis focussed on narratives of nation-building in Argentine serialised radio dramas from the 1930s.

Lauren´s research interests centre on cultural history and popular and mass culture in Latin America with a particular focus on Argentina. In October 2016 Lauren was awarded an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship for a research project entitled ‘The Billiken Centenary Project: Children’s Literature and Childhood in Argentina, 1919-2019’.

AHRC Leadership Fellows Scheme

Many congratulations to Dr Lauren Rea, Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, who has been awarded an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship for her research on Argentina. The award of £172,282 will support Dr Rea's research on Argentine Children’s Literature and Childhood as seen through the lens of Billiken magazine, the world’s longest running children’s weekly. 

Lauren's project will analyse the text and images of the magazine’s short and serialised stories to uncover how Billiken shapes the development of children’s literature in Argentina. This interdisciplinary project will combine literary criticism with theory and methods from Childhood Studies to capture the changing cultural understanding of the Argentine child over one hundred years.

Lauren will also be working with Billiken’s publishers, Editorial Atlántida, on a series of public engagement activities and publications to commemorate the Billiken centenary in 2019. For further information please contact Dr Lauren Rea


Tags: Fellowship, AHRC, Argentina, Children’s Literature, Childhood Studies, funding, research

Recent Publications

Rea, Lauren. ‘Afro-porteñas in Héctor Pedro Blomberg's Historical Romances." Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 92.5 (2015): 583-599.

Rea, Lauren. Argentine Serialised Radio Drama in the Infamous Decade, 1930-1943: Transmitting Nationhood (Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 2013).

Rea, Lauren. “‘Los que se fueron y los que se quedaron’: History, Exile and Censorship in Ricardo Piglia's Respiración artificial and Manuel Puig’s Maldición eterna a quien lea estas páginas.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 89.3 (2012): 415-433.

Rea, Lauren. “‘Que al fin todas somos Eva’: Nacha Guevara, Cristina Fernández and Eva, el gran musical argentino.” Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies 17.1 (2011): 77-99.