Dr Rhian Davies


Senior Lecturer

ext.: 20551

email : rhian.davies@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Rhian Davies read Modern Languages (French and Spanish) at The Queen's College, Oxford. After working as a Civil Service translator in London, she returned to Oxford to pursue research for a doctorate on the nineteenth-century cultural review La España Moderna under John Rutherford. She was a Laming Junior Fellow at The Queen's College, Oxford before moving to Sheffield to take up the four-year post of HEFCE/AHRB Institutional Fellow for the Galdós Editions Project in April 1996.

She is the Director of the Galdós Editions Project and she teaches modules on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and culture, as well as Spanish language. Amongst the courses she teaches are 'Tradition, transition and Modernity' and 'Hispanic Fiction' (which include studying the film of Tristana and the electronic edition of Torquemada en la hoguera, 'The Media in the Hispanic World', 'Questioning Spain' and 'Filming Galdós' (click on Teaching Galdós to see examples of films produced by students in the past).

She has worked on three projects funded by CILASS (Centre for Inquiry Based Learning on the Arts and Social Sciences). The first involved creating an electronic learning package to complement her electronic edition of Torquemada en la hoguera, the second a grammar package for Level 2 (Post A-level) students and the third is the SLC 'Interactive Year Abroad Project'. She also belongs to the SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Special Interest Group.

Outside the University, she is External Examiner for the Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Swansea, and is a member of the LLAS Subject Centre's 'Literature and Culture' Special Interest Group and the '3Es Advisory group'. She has previously served on the Executive Committee of the AHGBI (Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland) and on the LLAS Subject Centre's Advisory Board.

Her research interests include nineteenth-century Spanish culture and literature (particularly Galdós), the role of journalism during the fin de siglo and the uses of ICT in producing electronic indexes and editions of novels. She is currently working on a project entitled 'From the Window of the Motherland', which looks at perspectives on Spanish America in the cultural review La España Moderna, as well as researching Galdós's work as a journalist.

She has supervised theses on on 'Women in the novels of Galdós and Eca de Queiroz' (PhD), 'Education and Genesis of El doctor Centeno' (PhD) and Nature in the work of Leopoldo Alas (MPhil). She has also supervised postdoctoral work on the reception of Galdós in the UK and would welcome the opportunity to supervise research on any aspect of nineteenth or twentieth-century Spanish culture or literature.

Selected Publications

  • Electronic edition of Benito Pérez Galdós, Torquemada en la hoguera (1889) (Sheffield: HriOnline, 2005) - http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/galdos
  • (Book) Galdós y Lázaro: una breve y fructífera colaboración (1889-91) (Madrid: Fundación Lázaro Galdiano/Ollero y Ramos, 2002)
  • (Book) 'La España Moderna' and Regeneración: A Cultural Review in Restoration Spain, (1889-1914). Cañada Blanch Monographs, 5 (Manchester: Spanish and Portuguese Studies, 2000)
  • ‘Cervantes in La España Moderna (1889-1914)’, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Liverpool), 84 (2007), 145-60
  • ‘Regeneración and Philosophy in the Torquemada Novels’, in The Place of Argument: Essays in Honour of Nicholas G. Round, ed. by Rhian Davies and Anny Brooksbank Jones (Woodbridge: Tamesis books, 2007), pp.86-102
  • 'The Background to Torquemada en la hoguera', Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Glasgow), LXXVI (1999), 399-413
  • ''La revista es mía et amicorum': José Lázaro Galdiano y La España Moderna (1889-1914)', Goya: revista de arte (dedicado a D. José Lázaro Galdiano), 261 (November-December 1997), 545-554