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Professor Edwin WilliamsonProfessor Edwin Williamson

Edwin Williamson, M.A., (M.A., Ph.D., Edinburgh)
King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish Studies, Fellow of Exeter College
Address:  Exeter College, Oxford, OX1 3DP
Email:   edwin.williamson@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk

 

Research

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.

Teaching

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.

Publications

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)

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)