Professor Philip Deacon

Phillip Deacon

Professor of Hispanic Studies

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Professor Philip Deacon studied as an undergraduate at Southampton University, subsequently carrying out postgraduate research at Trinity College, Dublin. He has also taught at the Universities of Galway, Southampton and Zaragoza.

Departmental teaching at Sheffield involves undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Spain and Enlightenment, Franco's Spain, Spain since 1975 and the media in Contemporary Spain. He is also Level 3 coordinator, which includes the final year Spanish language course.

Administrative responsibilities include library and IT matters, oversight of students on their year abroad, and undergraduate admissions linked to the Social Sciences.

His areas of research centre on Spanish 18th-century cultural history (censorship, drama, poetry, the press, printing history, translation studies and gender issues), as well as contemporary Spanish cultural history (in particular the press and television). He has directed postgraduate research in the fields of feminist debate, drama, translation history in 18th-century Spain and the essay periodical.

Philip Deacon serves on the advisory boards of leading international journals in the field of Spanish 18th-century studies: Dieciocho (University of Virginia), Cuadernos Dieciochistas (Sociedad Española de Estudios del Siglo XVIII), Cuadernos de Ilustración y Romanticismo (University of Cadiz) and Ilustración y Libertades (University Pablo de Olavide, Seville). He is also Hispanic Advisor for the British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Voltaire Foundation, University of Oxford).

Most of his specialized research findings have been presented in Spain, most recently at conferences in the Universities of Madrid (Complutense), Cadiz, Valladolid, Salamanca, Extremadura, and León, as well as at Conferences of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (St John's College, Oxford, January 2001) and the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (University of Valencia, 2005 and University of Aberdeen, 2007).

In 2004 he contributed two chapters to The Cambridge History of Spanish Literature, one of eleven British contributors alongside specialists from Spain and the United States.

Some recent research publications

  • Entries on various Spanish works in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature, New York, 2006.
  • 'El espacio clandestino del erotismo literario en la España dieciochesca', Redes y espacios de opinión pública. De la Ilustración al Romanticismo. Cádiz, América y Europa ante la Modernidad. 1750-1850. Cádiz, Universidad de Cádiz, 2006, pp. 219-230
  • 'Filosofía y sensualismo: la estética del placer en los Besos de amor de Juan Meléndez Valdés', Juan Meléndez Valdés y su tiempo, ed. J. Cañas et al, Cáceres, 2005, pp. 163-181.
  • 'La poesía neoclásica', in the Internet Historia de la literatura española, Madrid, 2005. LICEUS.COM.
  • 'El libro erótico en la España dieciochesca', La memoria de los libros. Estudios sobre la historia del escrito y de la lectura en Europa y América, Salamanca, Instituto de Historia del Libro y de la Lectura, I, 2004, pp. 825-837.
  • '"Efectos de la crianza": La Mojigata de Leandro Fernández de Moratín', Dieciocho 27, 2004, pp. 87-100.
  • 'Early Enlightenment and the Hispanic World', Eighteenth-Century Studies 37, 2003, pp. 129 140.

He is currently working on a study of erotic poetry in 18th-century Spain, a project supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Board. He is also preparing a critical edition of Leandro Fernández de Moratín's translation of Hamlet for Editorial Castalia, Madrid.