Prof E Williamson

Edwin Williamson, M.A., (M.A., Ph.D., Edinburgh)
King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish Studies, Fellow of Exeter College



Edwin Williamson’s main research interests are in the fields of Spanish American literature and cultural history; Jorge Luis Borges; and narrative fiction in the Spanish Golden Age, especially Cervantes.


As well as offering research supervision on Latin American literature and cultural history and on aspects of the literature of the Spanish Golden Age, Professor Williamson gives a lecture course for both graduates and undergraduates on ‘The Making of Don Quixote’, and two seminar courses for graduates: ‘History and the Writer in Latin America’, which explores ways in which writers have interpreted historical experience in search of a distinctive cultural identity, and ‘Borges: Texts and Contexts’, based on his recently published biography, Borges: A Life.


Historia de América Latina (México, D.F: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2014)

Editor, The Cambridge Companion to Jorge Luis Borges (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

‘La transformación de Don Quijote y Sancho en la Segunda Parte’, in Cervantes y los cauces de la novela moderna, ed. Emilio Martínez Mata (Visor: Oviedo, 2013)

‘Cervantes’s Don Quixote: Romance and Picaresque’, in The Cambridge Companion to European Novelists, ed. Michael Bell (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

‘El joven Borges y Argentina’, Letras Libres (España) no. 128, mayo 2012, pp. 8-19.

‘“La bonita confiancita”: Deception, Trust and the Figure of Poetry in La gitanilla’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies , 88 (2011)

The Penguin History of Latin America , new and expanded edition (London: Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 2009)

Editor, with Ignacio Arellano, Christoph Strosetzki, Autoridad y poder en el Siglo de Oro (Madrid: Iberoamericana, Vervuert, 2009)

‘Borges y Bioy: una amistad entre biombos’, Letras Libres (España) no. 81, junio 2008, pp. 30-36

Editor, with Jeremy Robbins , Cervantes: Essays in Memory of E.C. Riley (London and New York: Routledge, 2005)

Borges: A Life (New York and London : Viking, 2004)

‘The Quixotic Roots of Magic Realism: History and Fiction in Alejo Carpentier and García Márquez’, in: Cervantes and the Modernists: The Question of Influence, edited with an introduction by Edwin Williamson (London : Tamesis, 1994), 103-120

Editor, Cervantes and the Modernists: The Question of Influence (London: Tamesis, 1994)

El Quijote y los libros de caballerías. (Prólogo de Mario Vargas Llosa) ( (Madrid: Taurus, 1991)

‘Coming to Terms with Modernity: Magic Realism and the Historical Process in the Novels of Alejo Carpentier’, in: Modern Latin American Fiction, ed. John King (London : Faber and Faber, 1987), 78-100

The Half-Way House of Fiction: ‘Don Quixote’ and Arthurian Romance (Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1984, reprinted 1986)

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