Professor Philip Swanson

Hughes Professor of Spanish

Professor Philip Swanson

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Professor Phil Swanson studied as an undergraduate at the University of Liverpool and carried out postgraduate research at the University of Edinburgh. He has taught at a number of universities in Europe and the USA.

Phil Swanson is Hughes Professor of Spanish in the Department of  Hispanic Studies. His departmental teaching focuses on Latin American literature, Hispanic cinema and representations of Hispanic culture.

His areas of research centre principally on film and modern Latin American literature, with special reference to issues of identity, politics and popular culture, the nueva narrativa, the Boom and the Post-Boom.


He has published widely in these areas, including books on Donoso, García Márquez and the New Novel. Titles include:

  • The Cambridge Companion to Gabriel García Márquez (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)
  • Latin American Fiction: A Short Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004)
  • The Companion to Latin American Studies (London: Arnold, 2003), 2nd ed 2008, electronic ed 2010, 3rd ed 2011.
  • The New Novel in Latin America: Politics and Popular Culture after the Boom (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1995; second edition, 1998)
  • Cómo leer a Gabriel García Márquez (Madrid: Júcar, 1991)
  • José Donoso: The "Boom" and Beyond (Liverpool: Francis Cairns Press — Liverpool Monographs in Hispanic Studies, 1988)
  • Landmarks in Modern Latin American Fiction (London and New York: Routledge, 1989)

Recent articles include the following:

  •  “Borges and Popular Culture”, The Cambridge Companion to Jorge Luis Borges, ed. Edwin Williamson, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013
  •  “Havana Noir: Time , Place and the Appropriation of Cuba in Crime Fiction”, The Foreign in International Crime Fiction: Transcultural Representations, eds. Jean Anderson, Carolina Miranda, Barbara Pezzotti, London, Continuum, 2012, 35-46
  •  “Remember the Alamo? Texans, Mexicans and Americans in 1960s Hollywood”, special edition of Iberoamericana, Berlin, 44, 2011, 85-100.
  •  “Unfinished Business: Lagartija sin cola (2007), Donoso’s Lost Novel”, A World in Words, A Life in Texts: Revisiting Latin American Cultural Heritage, ed. Victoria Carpenter, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2011, 161-184.
  •  “Isabel Allende”, A Companion to Latin American Women Writers, eds Lloyd Davies and Brígida Pastor, Woodbridge, Támesis, 2012
  •  “Going Down on Good Neighbours: Imagining América in Hollywood Movies of the‘30s and ‘40s (Flying Down to Rio and Down Argentine Way)”, Bulletin of Latin American Research, 29, 1, 2010, 71-84
  •  “Don Quijote y el detective postmoderno en la narrativa hispanoamericana”, El Quijote en América, ed. Friedhelm Schmidt-Welle and Ingrid Simson, Amsterdam and New York, Rodopi, 2010
  •  “The Detective and the Disappeared: Memory, Forgetting and Other Confusions in Juan José Saer’s La pesquisa”, Investigating Identities: Questions of Identity in Contemporary International Crime Fiction, eds. Marieke Krajenbrink and Kate Quinn, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and New York, Rodopi (Studies in Comparative Literature), 2009
  •  “Latin Lessons for Young Americans: Isabel Allende's Fiction for Children”, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, St. Louis, 2007, 173-190
  •  “El número primo dos y la pareja de tres: binarios falsos en Donde van a morir los elefantes”, Delaware Review of Latin American Studies, Newark, DE, 7, 2, 2006
  •  “Z/Z: Isabel Allende and the Postcolonial Zorro”, Romance Studies, 24, 1, 2006, 265-77
  •  “Isabel Allende y la marca del Zorro”, La metamorfosis en las literaturas de lengua española, eds. Gabriella Menczel and Lászlo Scholz, Eotvos Loránd Konyvkiadó, Budapest, hungary, 2006
  •  “The Post-Boom Novel”, The Cambridge Companion to the Latin American Novel, ed. Efraín Kristal, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2005, 81-101
  •  “Novel Theatre: Egon Wolff’s Los invasores and the Idea of the New in Latin American Drama”, special edition of Bulletin of Spanish Studies in honour of Donald Shaw, LXXXII, 2005, 387-402
  •  “Authority, Identity and the Latin American Detective: The Mysterious Case of Mario Vargas Llosa - ¿Quién mató a Palomino Molero?”, special edition of Bulletin of Hispanic Studies in honour of James Higgins, Liverpool University Press, 2005, 216-227
  •  “Magical Realism and Children’s Literature: Isabel Allende’s La Ciudad de las Bestias (City of the Beasts)”, A Companion to Magical Realism, eds. Stephen M. Hart and Wen-chin Ouyang, London, Támesis, 2005

Professor Swanson is former President of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain, and Ireland and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Latin American Studies. He is an advisor to many journals, presses, councils and institutions in Europe, North America, Australasia and Latin America. He is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, including, the Bulletin of Latin American Research, the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies and Palabra Clave

He is currently engaged in research projects on representations of Latin America and crime and fiction in Latin America.