Ben Bollig

MA, BA (Notts), MA, PhD (London)
Professor of Spanish American Literature. Fellow and Tutor in Spanish at St Catherine's. Associate Lecturer at St John's.


I work on contemporary literature and film in Latin America, with a particular focus on Argentine poetry. I recently completed a book, with the aid of a Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust, under the title Politics and Public Space in Contemporary Argentine Poetry. The Lyric and the State. My other recent books include a translation of Cristian Aliaga’s The Foreign Passion (London: Influx, 2016) and, with Alejandra Crosta, a volume of new British poetry in Spanish translation, Antropófagos en las islas, published in Argentina by Espacio Hudson. I am an editor of Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies and a member of the advisory board for the Patagonian cultural supplement El extremo sur – Confines. With Joanne Ferrari (Taylor Institution Library) I curated the exhibition Brave New Books, currently on display in the Bodleian Proscholium.


Across the whole of the Prelims (first-year) course and Latin American options for FHS (second and final year), including literature and film.

Graduate Supervision

I am currently supervising MPhil and DPhil students working on aspects of Latin American and particularly Southern Cone literature and cultural studies. I would welcome potential graduate students working on Latin American literature, culture and film.

Selected Publications

Politics and Public Space in Contemporary Argentine Poetry. The Lyric and the State (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

“Argentine Poetry Today: New Writing, New Readings,” special edition of Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (93.6, 2016), edited with Jordana Blejmar.

The Foreign Passion, Cristian Aliaga, ed. and trans. Ben Bollig (London: Influx, 2016).

Antropófagos en las islas. Novísimos poetas de Gran Bretaña, ed. and trans. with Alejandra Crosta, with a foreword by Cristian Aliaga (Chubut, Arg.: Espacio Hudson, 2016).  

“Young Argentine Poets,” introduction, selection, and translation of six poets, Alba Londres 05 (January 2014).

Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas, 11.2 (2014), special edition dedicated to filmic adaptation of poetry in Latin America, edited and introduction with David M.J. Wood.

Activismo poético. Ensayos sobre la poesía argentina contemporánea. (Chubut, Arg.: Espacio Hudson, April 2013)

Modern Argentine Poetry. Displacement, Exile and Migration (University of Wales Press, 2011)

Resistance and Emancipation: Cultural and Poetic Practices, ed. with Arturo Casas (Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang, 2011)

Néstor Perlongher. The Poetic Search for an Argentine Marginal Voice, (University of Wales Press, 2008)

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