William Rowlandson is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent, where he has worked since 2005 following associate lectureships at the universities of Exeter and Aberdeen.
William’s teaching and research interests are varied and have focused on two broad themes: the tension between art and politics with particular attention to the Cuban Revolution, and religious and mystical experience. These areas have at times at times seemed unrelated. As such, whilst he has published books and articles concerning Borges and mysticism and the mystical-poetical vision of Cuban poet José Lezama Lima, he has also published and presented on slavery, torture, the War on Terror and the history of Guantánamo. Likewise, whilst directing a research centre at Kent dedicated to the study of myth, with a reading group devoted to the works of Jung and an international conference on the ‘daimonic Other’, he has organised annual public events at the university with journalists, activists and film-makers presenting on Rendition, torture and Gitmo detainees.
He has recently published with the Swedenborg Society Imaginal Landscapes, a personal account of exploring the mystical literature of Swedenborg and Borges, and he is currently working on a book about European and US writers’ interest in the Cuban Revolution in the late 1950s and 1960s.
William teaches aspects of Latin American cultural history, the prose and poetry of Borges, Cuban literature and film of the revolutionary era.