Professor Philip Swanson
School of Languages and Cultures
Hughes Professor of Spanish
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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 also studied in Oxford, Lisbon and Seville. He has taught at a number of universities in Europe and the USA. He has been a Senior Fulbright fellow in the USA, holder of a Leverhulme Fellowship, and grant holder from the British Academy, the Carnegie Trust and the Society for Latin American Studies.
Phil Swanson has held a number of chairs and is now Hughes Professor of Spanish in the School of Languages and Cultures at Sheffield. His departmental teaching focuses on Latin American literature, Hispanic cinema, representations of Hispanic culture and Comparative Literatures and Cultures.
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 also works on crime and fiction as well as on imaginings of ‘Latin’ identity.
Phil also has a keen interest in Spanish and Latin American theatre and has acted in produced and directed around twenty-five Spanish-language plays.
- Research interests
Professor Swanson is one of the world’s leading authorities on Latin American literature, especially the New Narrative of the Latin American Boom and Post-Boom. He is currently engaged in research projects on foreign representations and imaginings of Latin America and crime and fiction in Latin America.
- The Cambridge Companion to Gabriel Garciá Márquez. Cambridge University Press.
- Reviews of Books. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 96(2), 217-231.
- Borges and Popular Culture. Hispanic Research Journal, 19(3), 250-264. View this article in WRRO
- Pop Goes the Boom: One Hundred Years of Solitude and the Latin American New Novel. Review (New York, 1968): literature and arts of the Americas, 50(2), 162-169. View this article in WRRO
- Remember the Alamo? Texans, Mexicans and Americans in 1960s Hollywood. Iberoamericana(44), 85-100.
- A Turbulent Decade Remembered: Scenes from the Latin American Sixties. REV ESTUD HISPAN, 44(3), 744-747.
- Emilio Fernandez: Pictures in the Margins. B LAT AM RES, 29(4), 552-U149.
- Going Down on Good Neighbours: Imagining America in Hollywood Movies of the 1930s and 1940s (Flying Down to Rio and Down Argentine Way). B LAT AM RES, 29(1), 71-84.
- GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ A Life. TLS-TIMES LIT SUPPL(5524), 28-28.
- The Cambridge Companion to Modern Latin American Culture - Edited by John King. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 27(4), 600-602.
- Latin lessons for young Americans: Isabel Allende's fiction for children. REV ESTUD HISPAN, 41(2), 173-189.
- Cultural studies in the curriculum: Teaching Latin America.. MOD LANG REV, 102, 548-549.
- Z/Z: Isabel Allende and the Mark of Zorro. Romance Studies, 24(3), 265-277.
- Jung, Alchemy and Jose Donoso's novel El 'obsceno pajaro de la noche'. B HISPANIC STUD, 82(3), 406-407.
- A companion to modern Spanish American fiction.. B HISPANIC STUD, 82(3), 398-399.
- The veracity of disguise in selected works of Jose Donoso: Illusory deception. B HISPANIC STUD, 82(3), 406-407.
- Cesar Vallejo: A critical bibliography of research.. MOD LANG REV, 100, 240-240.
- Manuel Puig and the spider woman: His life and fictions. B HISPANIC STUD, 81(4), 569-570.
- Assertive hispanisms: Tensions and affirmations in cultural identity. B HISPANIC STUD, 81(4), 566-567.
- The omnipresence of mimesis in the work of Manuel Puig. B HISPANIC STUD, 81(4), 569-570.
- Roberto Ampuero and the Neruda Case: The Detective, the Poet, the ‘Converso’ In Lange C & Peate A (Ed.), Crime Scenes: Latin American Crime Fiction from the 1960s to the 2010s (pp. 157-175). Oxford: Peter Lang. View this article in WRRO
- The Gangster in Hispanic American Cinema In Larke-Walsh GS (Ed.), A Companion to the Gangster Film (pp. 166-181). Wiley View this article in WRRO
- Death in the Tropics: Alajuelita, ‘El Psicópata, and Costa Rican Crime Fiction In Forero G (Ed.), Víctimas, novela y realidad del crimen Bogotá: Planeta.
- Gabriel García Márquez, 1927-2014, Palabra Clave (pp. 253-257).
- Borges and popular culture, The Cambridge Companion to Jorge Luis Borges (pp. 81-95). Cambridge University Press
- Havana Noir: Time, Place and the Appropriation of Cuba in Crime Fiction In Anderson J, Pezzotti B & Miranda C (Ed.), The Foreign in International Crime Fiction (pp. 35-46). Bloomsbury Academic
- Unfinished Business: Lagartija sin cola, Donoso’s Lost Novel In Carpenter V (Ed.), A World in Words, A Life in Texts: Revisiting Latin American Cultural Heritage (pp. 161-184). Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
- Introduction In Swanson P (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Gabriel García Márquez (pp. 1-6). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- The Post-Boom novel, The Cambridge Companion to the Latin American Novel (pp. 81-102). Cambridge University Press
- Fate and Free Will in Chronicle of a Death Foretold In Bell-Villada G & López Calvo I (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Gabriel García Márquez
- One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Cambridge Companion to Gabriel Garciá Márquez (pp. 57-63). Cambridge University Press
- View this article in WRRO Where is Latin America?: Imaginary Geographies and Cultures of Production and Consumption In O'Bryen R & Davies C (Ed.), Transnational Hispanic Studies LUP
- Research group
Supervised topics include: Magical Realism, Latin American Poetry, Manuel Puig, Psychoanalysis and Politics in Mario Vargas Llosa, Dulce María Loynaz, Zoé Valdés, Cristina Peri Rossi, The Absurd in Virgilio Piñera, Spanish Women Writers, Lucía Etxebarria, Nation and Region in Spanish Cinema, Humour and Fiction in Latin America, Body Modification in Mexican Visual Culture, Banditry in Mexico and the Southern US, Naturalism in Argentina, Race and Sexuality in Angola, Paolo Coelho and the Global Market, Mexican Drug Culture, Mining in Latin American Literature, Menstruation in Hispanic Culture, Disability in Spanish Culture.
- Teaching activities
Spanish language at all levels
Spain: Courses on Spanish civilization and modern Spanish history. All periods of Spanish literature. Specialist courses on Lorca, Buero Vallejo, poetry, modern drama, film, sexuality and culture.
Spanish America: All periods. Specialist courses on theatre, poetry, fiction 1900-60, fiction 1960 to present day, film, civilization versus barbarism, reality and fantasy, notions of the “modern,” politics and popular culture, sexual politics, women’s writing, Latin American identity, representations of Latin America.
Brazil: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture.
Theory, practical criticism and approaches to Hispanic Studies. Interdisciplinary courses on poetry, film and the detective. Research training.
- Professional activities
Phil Swanson is past President of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland and member of the Advisory Board for the UK’s Institute of Latin American Studies.
He has been an RAE panellist and served on a wide range of international professional and cultural organisations and institutions, grant-awarding bodies, editorial boards and review panels. He has been an assessor for a vast number of journals, publishers, universities and other academic bodies.
He was named Man of the Year by the American Bibliographical Institute Board of International Research. He has made numerous appearances on radio, television, in the print media and in public lectures.
Has been External Examiner in around fifteen universities and has externally examined about fifty PhDs across five continents. He is a well-known figure in the Spanish-speaking world and has appeared as a character in a novel by one of Spain’s leading writers, Lucía Etxebarría.