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Professor Alison Ribeiro de Menezes

Alison Ribeiro de MenezesProfessor

Head of School

Tel: +44 (0) 2476 150719
Email: alison dot menezes at warwick dot ac dot uk
Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Alison Ribeiro de Menezes read Spanish and French at St Anne's College, Oxford, completing a DPhil in Spanish in 1997. From 1995 to 2012 she lectured in the Department of Spanish at University College Dublin, and she retains a fond affection for Dublin. She moved to Warwick in 2012 to lead the establishment of the new Hispanic Studies department, of which she was Head until 2015. In 2014-15 she was Deputy Chair of the Faculty of Arts. She specializes in modern Hispanic literatures and cultures, but also has interests in Portuguese narrative and film, and in the contemporary reception of Golden-Age authors. She has held visiting positions at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and Brown University, Rhode Island. Her research has attracted awards from the Irish Research Council, the European Union, the Leverhulme Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Research Interests

Alison has published widely on contemporary Spanish narrative, including the books Juan Goytisolo: The Author as Dissident (Tamesis, 2005), and A Companion to Carmen Martín Gaite, co-authored with Catherine O’Leary (Tamesis, 2008, paperback edition 2014). Her early work concentrated on issues of literary reception across epochs. Her current research focuses on cultural memory in the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds, and she has co-edited two volumes in this area: War and Memory in Contemporary Spain/Guerra y memoria en la España contemporánea with Roberta Quance and Anne Walsh (Verbum, 2009), and Legacies of War and Dictatorship in Contemporary Portugal and Spain, with Catherine O’Leary (Peter Lang, 2011).

Alison's most recent monograph, Embodying Memory in Contemporary Spain, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in April 2014. It examines the memory debates that emerged in Spain concerning the Civil War and Franco dictatorship at the turn of the millennium, and analyses a series of novels, films and other cultural works in the light of a turn to human rights discourses and embodied notions of memory. Some of the book's arguments were presented at the Screening History lecture series, Ulster Museum/Queen's University Belfast, organized by Dr Fearghal McGarry (podcast). With Dr Stewart King (Monash University), Alison has just published a co-edited special issue of the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (94/8, 2017) on The Future of Memory in Spain, in which she argues for a new, forward-looking approach to memory criticism.

Current projects

The Disappeared

Alison is currently writing a monograph on transnational memories of The Disappeared, exploring the ways in which memory debates in some national or regional contexts intersect with and influence those of others. In this work she is particularly interested in the role of affect in the transmission of memory concerns, and in the productive capacity of art, literature and film to mediate traumatic and contested pasts beyond the constraints of legal discourses. She recently presented some of this research in a seminar on Patricio Guzmán at CSIC, Madrid. She is also developing complementary work on the relationship between narrative, history, and the transnational in contemporary Hispanic fiction.

Public Memories of the Spanish Civil War

Alison is interested in the public engagement aspects of academic work, and has co-edited a book on Public Humanities and the Spanish Civil War with Professors Adrian Shubert (York University, Toronto) and Antonio Cazorla-Sánchez (Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario). Supported by the Canadian SSHRC, it will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. The volume opens up a discussion on the need for and potential benefits of a virtual museum of the Spanish Civil War.

Chilean Exiles and World University Service

With Professor John King, Alison leads an AHRC-funded project to explore and capture the history of Warwick's role in helping Chilean exiles, following the 1973 coup, thanks to World University Service. The work, in collaboration with the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile, will involve gathering exile testimonies from those who both stayed and remade their lives in the UK, and those who eventually returned to Chile. The story of WUS and its assistance to nearly one thousand Chileans was featured on the BBC's One Show in early 2018.

Conflict Transformation in Colombia

Alison is currently developing research on conflict transformation in Colombia in collaboration with Dr María Estrada-Fuentes (Theatre and Performance Studies) and Prof. Alan Norrie (Law). The project, supported by Warwick International Partnership Funds, will include collaboration with Lucas Ospina of the Universidad de Los Andes and Alejandro Garzón from the Agencia para la Reincorporación y la Normalización (ARN).

Research Leadership

Alison is co-lead of Warwick's Connecting Cultures Global Research Priority, in collaboration Professor Paulo de Medeiros (English and Comparative Literary Studies) and Dr Helen Wheatley (Film and Television Studies). She is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Iberian Studies and the Brill Foro Hispánico series.

Administrative roles

  • Head of School
  • Member, University Research Committee
  • Arts Faculty representative, University Senate
  • Senate Arts Faculty representative, ARC

Books and Edited Volumes

Book Chapters

‘Juan Goytisolo, Miguel de Unamuno and Spanish Literary History’, in Don W. Cruickshank (ed.), A Lifetime’s Reading: Hispanic Essays for Patrick Gallagher (Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 1999), pp. 135-52.
‘Purloined Letters: Juan Goytisolo, José María Blanco White and the Cultural Construction of Marginal Identity’, in Edric Caldicott and Anne Fuchs (eds.), Cultural Memory: Essays on European Literature and History (Berne: Peter Lang, 2003), pp. 327-40.
‘Ventriloquism and Double-Voiced Discourse in Juan Goytisolo’s Literary Criticism: The Case of José María Blanco White’, in Stanley Black (ed.), Territories of Life and Writing (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007), pp. 77-93.
'The Dark Shore That Illuminates: Cervantine Narrative Poetics and the Case of La orilla oscura by José María Merino’, in Idoya Puig (ed.), Tradition and Modernity: Cervantes’ Presence in Spanish Contemporary Literature (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009), pp. 137-56.
‘Del yo al yo la distancia es … ética: Cuestiones de autoridad y autoría en el periodismo político de Juan Goytisolo – Bosnia, Argelia, Chechenia, Palestina’, in Brigitte Adriaensen and Marco Kunz (eds), Pesquisas en la obra tardía de Juan Goytisolo (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009), pp. 233-57.
‘Loss of Belonging, Loss of Agency: Representations of Spain and Cuba in Juan Goytisolo’s Señas de identidad’, in Kathleen James-Chakraborty and Sabine Strumper-Krobb (eds), Crossing Borders: The Space Between Disciplines (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010), pp. 47-64.
‘Gender and Space in Nubosidad variable and La Reina de las Nieves’, in Marian Womak and Jennifer Wood (eds), Beyond the Backroom: Essays on Carmen Martín Gaite (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010), pp. 135-57.
‘War, History, and Memory in Arturo Barea’s La forja de un rebelde’, in Sarah Leggott and Ross Woods (eds), Memory and Trauma in the Postwar Spanish Novel: Revisting the Past (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2014), pp. 43-53.
‘The Enchantment and Disenchantment of the Archival Image: Politics and Affect in Portuguese Cultural Memories of the Salazar Dictatorship and Carnation Revolution’, in Jennie M. Carlsten and Fearghal McGarry (eds), Film, History and Memory (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 65-82.
‘From Liquid to Illiquid Modernity: Spanish Story-Telling in the New Millennium’, in Anne L. Walsh (ed.), Telling Tales: The Place of Story-Telling in Contemporary Spain (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015), pp. 146-65.
‘On Civil-War Memory in Spanish Women’s Narratives: The Example of Cristina Fernández Cubas’ Cosas que ya no existen’, in Peter Tame and Manuel Bragança (eds.), The Long Aftermath: Cultural Legacies of Europe At War, 1936-2016 (New York: Berghahn Books, 2015), pp. 60-73.

Journal Articles

‘Mystical Paradoxes and Moorish Resonances: A Solution to Juan Goytisolo’s Problematic Aesthetic’, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 4 (1998), 109-19.

‘En el principio de la literatura está el mito: Reading Cervantes through Juan Goytisolo’s Reivindicación del Conde don Julián and Juan sin Tierra’, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Liverpool), 77 (2000), 587-603.

‘The Mystical and the Burlesque: The Portrayal of Homosexuality in Juan Goytisolo’s Carajicomedia’, Romance Studies, 21/2 (2002), 105-14.

‘Irony, the Grotesque, and the Dialectics of Reading in Luis Martín-Santos’ Tiempo de silencio’, Hispanic Research Journal, 3/2 (2002), 123-37.

‘Reciting/Re-siting the Libro de buen amor in the zoco: Irony, Orality and the Islamic in Juan Goytisolo’s Makbara’, Modern Language Notes, 117/2 (2002), 406-31.

‘Language, Meaning and Rebellion in Juan Goytisolo’s Don Julián: The Gongorine Intertexts’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 80/6 (2003), 47-68.

‘Juan Goytisolo’s Cuaderno de Sarajevo: The Dilemmas of a Committed War Journalist’, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 12/2-3 (2006), 219-31.

‘Psychoanalyzing the Nation: A Comparative Reading of António Lobo Antunes’ Memória de Elefante and Luis Martín-Santos’ Tiempo de silencio’, Orbis Litterarum, 63/1 (2008), 1-19.

‘From the Recuperation of Spanish Historical Memory to a Semantic Dissection of Cultural Memory: La malamemoria by Isaac Rosa’, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 16/1 (2010), 1-12.

‘Memory and Collective Defeat in Alberto Méndez’s Los girasoles ciegos’, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 17/1 (2011), 95-107.

‘Family Memories, Postmemory, and the Rupture of Tradition in Josefina Aldecoa’s Civil War Trilogy’, Hispanic Research Journal, 13/3 (2012), 250-63.

‘Shifting Memory Horizons and Carnivalesque Representations of the Spanish Civil War and Franco Dictatorship’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 91/1-2 (2014), 239-53.

‘Out of the Labyrinth? Television Memories of Revolution and Return in Contemporary Portugal’, Journal of Romance Studies, 16/2 (2016), 76-95.

'Introduction: The Future of Memory in Spain', with Stewart King, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 94/8 (2017), 793-99.

'Memory as Disruption: Entanglements of Memory and Crisis in Contemporary Spain', Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 94/8 (2017), 883-901.

Current PhD Supervision

Fernando Concha Correa, The Translating and Rewriting of Crime Fiction in Argentina

Sofía Mercader, Contemporary Argentine Intellectuals

João Vicente Faustino, Memory and Creation in the Fictional Work of Mário Cláudio

Maria Inês Castro e Silva, City and Space in Portuguese Contemporary Cinema


  • MA DPhil (Oxon).

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