Xon de Ros

Professor Xon de Ros
Professor of Modern Spanish Studies
Rhodes Trust D M Stewart Fellow and Tutor of Lady Margaret Hall and Lecturer at Somerville College


Spanish literature of the modern period (C19th and C20th), especially modernismo, poetry, cinema, music and the visual arts. More recently my interests have extended  to questions of gender and sexual difference in representation. Member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cilavs/), University of London (Birkbeck), and of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW: http://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/research-centres/centre-study-contemporary-womens-writing) at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London (IGRS). Member of the editorial committee of HiPLAM (Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Monographs Bristol, and of FEDRO. Revista de estética y teoría de las artes (http://institucional.us.es/fedro/) of the University of Seville.


Monographs and edited books:

The Cultural Legacy of María Zambrano, edited with Daniela Omlor (Oxford: Legenda/MHRA, 2017) ISBN: 978-1-910887-20-2

The Poetry of Antonio Machado: Changing the Landscape (Oxford and New York: OUP, 2015)                              https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-poetry-of-antonio-machado-9780198736806

A Companion of  Spanish Women’s Studies, edited with Geraldine Hazbun (London: Boydell & Brewer, 2011)  https://boydellandbrewer.com/a-companion-to-spanish-women-s-studies.html

Primitivismo y modernismo: El Legado de María Blanchard, Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas (Bern: Peter Lang AG, 2007)  

Words in Action: Essays in Honour of John Butt, edited with Federico Bonaddio, Special Issue Bulletin of Spanish Studies, lxxxiii, 1 (Glasgow: BHS/ Routledge, 2006)  

Crossing Fields in Modern Spanish Culture, edited with Federico Bonaddio (Oxford: Legenda/ EHRC, 2003)  

Chapters in books and articles in Journals:

‘María Blanchard and the Ideology of Primitivism’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, XCV.5 (2018) https://doi.org/10.1080/1453820.2018.1497324

Poeta en Nueva York: Lorca’s Soledad Confusa’, Modern Language Review, 114. 2 (2919), 259-73.

‘Emblematics in Antonio Machado’s Poetry’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, XCV; 9-10 (2018),  https://doi.org/10.1080/1453820.2018.1548752

La tumba de Antígona: Psychoanalysis and Feminism’, in The Cultural Legacy of María Zambrano, ed. by Xon de Ros and D. Omlor (Legenda/MHRA, 2017), 122-38.

Aporia and Spectrality in La tierra de Alvargonzalez, Neophilologus, 98. 4 (2014), 565-579. http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=article&id=doi:10.1007/s11061-014-9394-4

Lo sublime en la poesia de Antonio Machado’, in En ningún lugar (el paisaje y lo sublime)’, Diego Romero de Solís, Inmaculada Murcia (coords) (Sevilla: Editorial Universidad de Sevilla, 2015), 291-320.

Poets Under the Influence: Antonio Machado and Jorge Luis Borges, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, XC.6 (2013), 993-1009. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14753820.2013.810919

Metamorphic Imagination in Antonio Machado ‘El Poeta’, Hispanic Research Journal, vol 11, n.4 (Sept 2010), 291-307.

 ‘El Público de García Lorca y el carnaval del cine, in Literatura y compromiso. Estudios sobre Federico García Lorca y Miguel Hernández. Coords: Remedios Sánchez García y Ramón Martínez López (Madrid: Visor, 2011), 176-87 

Ciencia y Mito en Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejías, La construcción de la identidad pedagógica española,  R. Sánchez García (Coord) (Granada:  Síntesis 2015), 149-66.

La de Bringas, c’est moi’: Galdós’s debt to Mesonero Romanos’  Festschrift in Honour of Professor Alex Longhurst, eds. James Whiston and Julia Biggane,  Special Issue  Bulletin of Spanish Studies , vol. 88, ns. 7-8 (2011) 73-84.

The Mother and the Nation: Reading Contemporary Women’s Autobiographies in Xon de Ros and Geraldine Hazbun (eds), A Companion of  Spanish Women’s Studies (London: Boydel & Brewer, 2011) 201-16

‘Et in Arcadia ego: La melancolía en el jardín  modernista’ in: Paisaje y Melancolía, Diego Romero de Solis and  I Murcia Serrano (eds) (Sevilla: Publicaciones de la Universidad de Sevilla, 2011) 319-42

Tácticas de incursión de la mujer en la vanguardia: el caso de Blanchard’, in Maria Blanchard (Coord Carmen Bernardez) (Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia/ Fundacion Botin, 2012), 94-105.

Cinema in Lorca’’, in: A Companion to Federico García Lorca, ed. Federico Bonaddio (London: Tamesis/Boydell & Brewer, 2007), 101-14

.Reflexiones sobre el rojo: a propósito de María Blanchard., in: Variaciones sobre el color, Diego Romero de Solis, J. Lopez Lloret, I Murcia Serrano (eds) (Sevilla: Publicaciones de la Universidad de Sevilla, 2007), 314-30 

 Sánchez Mejías’s Blues’, in: Crossing Fields in Modern Spanish Culture, Federico Bonaddio and Xon de Ros (eds.) (Oxford: Legenda, 2003), 81-91

 Science and Myth in Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejías’, The Modern Language Review, vol. 95.1 (January 2000), 114-26  

 Lorca’s El Público: An Invitation to the Carnival of Film, in Changing Times in Hispanic Culture, ed. Derek Harris (Aberdeen: Centre for the Study of the Hispanic Avant-Garde, 1996), 110-20

 ‘El Espíritu de la colmena.’, in: The Cinema of Spain and Portugal, ed. Alberto Mira (London: Walflower Press, 2005), 138-45   

Víctor Erice’s voluntad de estilo in El espiritu de la colmena’, Forum for Modern Languages Studies, 5 (1997), 114-26   ‘Vacas and Basque Cinema: The Making of a Tradition’, Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies, 5 (1997), 225-34  

 Gonzalo Suarez’s Epilogo’, in: Spanish Cinema: The Auteurist Tradition, Peter Evans, ed. (Oxford: OUP, 1999), 210-25  

 Inocence Lost: Sound and Silence in El espíritu de la colmena’, in Sound on Vision: Studies on Spanish Cinema, ed. Robin Fiddian and Ian Michael, Special Issue Bulletin of Spanish Studies, lxxxiv, 1 (Glasgow: BHS, 1999), 27-37 

  Buñuel’s Miracles: the Case of Simón del desierto.’, in: Buñuel : Siglo XXI, Isabel Santaolalla and Peter Evans (eds.) (Zaragoza: Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza., 2004), 72-78  

 ‘The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao: High Art and Popular Culture., in: Constructing Identity in Contemporary Spain: Theoretical Debates and Cultural Practice, Jo Labanyi, ed. (Oxford: OUP, 2002), 280-93.  

Vacas and the Basque Cinema: The Making of a Tradition’, Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies, 5 (1997), 225-33,


‘Borges and the Early Avant-Garde in Spain’, in Robin Fiddian (ed), Borges in Context (CUP 2019)

‘The poet and the thinker: the dialogue between Antonio Machado and Ortega y Gasset’, Hispanic Research Journal (2019)

Contributions to encyclopaedias:

The Literary Encyclopaedia (2013) ‘Merce Rodoreda’://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13157

Encyclopaedia of European Cinema, ed. Ginette Vicendeau (London: Cassell/BFI, 1995), 104,179,317. 410.

Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture, ed. Eamon Rodgers (London and New York: Routledge, 2001), 11 entries on cinema and the visual arts: 136,163-4, 190, 326, 376-7, 39

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