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Daniela Omlor, M.A. (Oxon), M.A. (ULB Brussels), Ph.D. (St Andrews)

Fellow and Tutor in Spanish, Lincoln College, Lecturer at Jesus College


My research focuses on contemporary Spanish literature, with a particular emphasis on memory, trauma and exile. For my first monograph I examined the role of memory and self-representation in the works of Jorge Semprún. Together with Prof. de Ros I have edited a volume on María Zambrano as a cultural agent. Currently, I am exploring the interaction between memory and fiction in recent novels by Javier Cercas, Javier Marías and Antonio Muñoz Molina and others, in order to investigate how the recovery of historical memory in Spanish novels addresses ethical questions and interrogates the aesthetics of the novel form. 


All first-year literature and language; peninsular Spanish Literature for Paper VIII and Paper XI, Paper XII Autobiography in Spain.

Graduate Supervision

I welcome enquiries from graduate students wishing to study modern literature from Spain, particularly with a focus on exile, memory, trauma or the Spanish Civil War. I have supervised doctoral and MSt students on a range of aspects in contemporary literature from Spain. 

Selected Publications

Monographs and edited volumes:

Edited with Xon de Ros, The Cultural Legacy of María Zambrano (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017). 

Jorge Semprún: Memory’s Long Voyage  (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014).

Articles and chapters:

'El suicidio en Todas las almas y Corazón tan blanco' (forthcoming)

‘Death and Desire: Memories of Milena Jesenská in Jorge Semprún and Antonio Muñoz Molina’, MLR (2021), 116: 3, 387-407


‘Mare Memoriae: Kirmen Uribe’s Memorial Seascapes’ in (eds), New Perspectives on the Modern Spanish Canon. Visibility, Cultural Capital and the Academy, ed. by Stuart Davis and Maite Usoz de la Fuente (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), 25-36.  


‘El revenant fronterizo en la obra de Jorge Semprún’ in Jorge Semprún: Frontières/Fronteras, ed. by Mirjam Leuzinger (ed.), (Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto, 2018), 66-78. 


‘The Ethics of Exile and Memory in Zambrano’, in The Cultural Legacy of María Zambrano, ed. by Xon de Ros and Daniela Omlor (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017), 171-184. 


‘Desaparecidos, revenants e impostores en la novelística de Juana Salabert’, Neophilologus (2017), 101: 2, 237-51.


‘Of Brothers and Angels: (De)Mystifying the Madrid Bombings in Spanish Literature Ten Years On’, Forum for Modern Language Studies (2016), 52: 1, 100-112. 


'Mirroring Borges: The Spaces of Literature in Roberto Bolaño's 2666', Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 91: 6 (2014),  659-670.

'The Trauma of Coming of Age in Rosa Chacel's Memorias de Leticia Valle and Ana María Matute’s Primera memoria’, Revisiting the Past: Memory and Trauma in the Postwar Spanish Novel, Sarah Leggott and Ross Woods (eds.), Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2014, pp. 127-139.

'Translation as a Trope in Javier Marías’ Tu rostro mañana', in The Limits of Literary Translation: Expanding Frontiers in Iberian Languages, Javier Muñoz-Basols et al (eds.), Kassel: Reichenberger, 2012, pp. 41-56.

'Exile and Trauma in Jorge Semprún',  Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 17: 1 (2011). Special Issue: Memory and Exile in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Spanish Culture, pp. 69-79.



María Zambrano, ‘A letter on exile’, History of European Ideas (2018), 44:7, 970-976.


María Zambrano, ‘I love my exile’, History of European Ideas (2018), 44:7, 995-996.