teaching

1st year undergrad:

  • Introduction to Hispanic Culture:
    • precolombian civilisation in the Americas (see presentation on ‘talks’ page)
    • the clash of civilisations, ‘el requerimiento’, Las Casas and the Valladolid Debate.
    • the conquest of Mexico
    • the Atlantic slave trade
    • Spanish colonial rule and the stirrings of independence
    • Bolívar and the wars of independence
    • the Mexican Revolution
    • the paintings of Frida Kahlo
    • Pablo Neruda, César Vallejo and the Spanish Civil War
    • the Cuban Revolution
  • Latin American Short Story:
    • precolombian creation narratives
    • early Spanish discovery chronicles
    • Juan Rulfo
    • Borges
    • Cortázar
    • Lydia Cabrera’s Afro-Cuban tales
    • García Márquez
    • Mario Vargas Llosa
    • Isabel Allende

2nd and final-year undergrad

  • Latin American poetry:
    • Neruda
    • Borges
    • César Vallejo
    • Nancy Morejón
  • Writing the Cuban Revolution
    • history of Cuba
    • Dreaming in Cuban – Cristina Garcia
    • Antes que anochezca – Reinaldo Arenas
    • Biografía de un cimarrón – Barnet & Montejo
    • Fresa y chocolate – Tomás Gutierréz Alea
  •  Barcelona & Havana
    • Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene
    • Islands in the Stream – Hemingway
    • Doce Sillas & Memorias del Subdesarrollo – Tomás Gutierréz Alea
    • Buena Vista Social Club – Wim Wenders
    • Suite Habana – Fernando Pérez
    • Adios Hemingway – Leonardo Padura
    • Dirty Havana Trilogy – Pedro Juan Gutiérrez
    • Los Aldeanos – selected songs
  • Translation and Interpreting

Masters

  • At University of Kent
    • Cuban literature, cinema and music
  • At University of Kent in Paris
    • Julio Cortázar’s El Perseguidor (The Pursuer)
    • Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Brion Gysin in Paris
  • At Canterbury Christchurch
    • Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred link