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School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Hispanic Studies

Staff in the Department of Hispanic Studies

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Dr Nicholas Roberts, MA, MPhil Camb, PhD Lond

Associate Professor / Academic Admissions Coordinator in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43010
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 43421
Room number: A20, Elvet Riverside I

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Biography

My research interests lie in modern Latin American fiction and poetry, in particular the poetry and essays of the Venezuelan author Eugenio Montejo and the fiction of Julio Cortázar. I am also interested in heteronymic writing both in the Americas and Europe.

I have published a book on the work of the Venezuelan poet and essayist Eugenio Montejo. My study highlights Montejo's search for an authentic poetic locus which is subject neither to the effects of time nor to the alienation from nature of the late twentieth century. In particular, I examine how Montejo's work serves to construct a poetic symbology which might ground such a locus.

I am currently working on the engagement with music in the work of Julio Cortázar, and a volume entitled Cortázar and Music has been accepted for publication by Legenda. In this study, I detail the often shifting terms in which Cortázar addresses different musical genres in his fiction and wider writings, examining how classical music, tango, and jazz work alongside and contribute to Cortázar's broader ontological and linguistic concerns. 

Beyond these projects I am also working on the phenomenon of heteronymic writing. Paying particular attention to the cases of Eugenio Montejo, Antonio Machado, and Fernando Pessoa, I aim to analyse the theoretical, historical, and cultural underpinnings and ramifications of this literary genre. In this project I am working collaboratively with colleagues at the Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá.

I am happy to supervise PhDs on a wide range of Latin American literature, both poetry and fiction.

Research Interests

  • Modern Latin American fiction and poetry
  • Eugenio Montejo
  • The literary engagement with music in Latin America
  • Julio Cortázar
  • Heteronymic writing in Latin America and beyond

Selected Publications

Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

Journal Article

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Foreign Literature & Language: Latin American Literature
  • International politics: Latin American Politics
  • Foreign Literature & Language: Culture of Venezuela