Dr D P Moran

Dominic Moran, M.A. (Ph.D. Cambridge)
Faculty Lecturer in Spanish, Student of Christ Church

Address:  Christ Church, St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1DP
Email:   dominic.moran@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk
Telephone: 01865 276226


Latin American literature from Independence to the present.


My broad area of research is twentieth Spanish American literature, with a particular interest in the avant-garde poetry of the 1920s and 1930s, especially that of Neruda and Vallejo. I am currently working on two series of commentaries, one on a selection of poems from Neruda’s Residencia en la tierra, the other on poems from Vallejo’s Trilce, focusing in particular on specific problems of interpretation and evaluation raised by difficult poetry. I am also interested in prose fiction, especially that of Julio Cortázar and Mario Vargas Llosa.


I would welcome potential graduate students interested in the close reading and aesthetic evaluation of literary texts, particularly avant-garde poetry, in the study of Spanish American literature in its specific social and literary-historical contexts and in questions of literary influence.

Selected publications


Pablo Neruda (London: Reaktion, 2009)

Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada, (critical edition), Hispanic Texts (Manchester University Press, 2007)

Questions of the Liminal in the Fiction of Julio Cortázar (Oxford: Legenda, 2000)


 ‘Mariano Azuela’s Los caciques: A Reassessment, BSS (forthcoming, 2016)

‘More on the Sources of Trilce XXXVI’, MLR 111:1 (January, 2016), 121-40

‘Vallejo and González Prada: A Note on Trilce XIX’, MLR 109:3 (July, 2014), 689-707

‘Borges and the Multiverse: Some Further Thoughts’, BSS, 89:6 (September, 2012), 525-42

 ‘Neruda’s “Arte poética” - Some Further Thoughts’, BSS 88:2 (March, 2011), 249-71

‘ “Cuerpo de mujer”: Neruda’s Sex Education’, HRJ, 10:1 (Febraury, 2009), 56-69

Veinte poemas de amor 1: Turning Point or Synthesis?’, BSS 84:6 (September, 2007), 759-76

‘ “Diez años de tarea solitaria”: Neruda and the Veinte poemas de amor’, Journal of Romance Studies, 5:2 (Summer, 2005), 37-57

‘César Vallejo: The Word and the Herd’, Romance Quarterly, 49:3 (Summer, 2002)), 162-173

‘Decisions, Decisions: Derrida on Kierkegaard and Abraham’, Telos, 123 (Summer, 2002), 107-130

‘Carpentier’s Stravinsky: Rites and Wrongs’, BSS, 79:1(January, 2002), 81-104

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