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Dominic Moran, M.A. (Ph.D. Cambridge)

Faculty Lecturer in Spanish, Student of Christ Church



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