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Dr Tom Whittaker

Tom WhittakerAssociate Professor

Tel: +44 (0)24 761 50650
Email: t dot whittaker at warwick dot ac dot uk

Office 417, Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL


Tom has recently joined Warwick as a specialist in Spanish film and cultural studies. He was previously at the University of Liverpool (2011-2017) and Kingston University (2009-2011). Tom has also been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Georgia (US) and has lectured at the University of Iceland under the Erasmus Mobility scheme. He is presently the Postgraduate Officer for the AHGBI (Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland).

Research interests

Tom has published widely on Spanish film. Much of his current research focuses on sound in Spanish film, and his recent publications have explored dubbing and the voice, ambient sounds, and music. He also has an interest in landscape, movement and cinematic geographies in Spanish and Latin American cinema. Tom welcomes prospective PhD students in any of these areas.

Current projects

Tom is currently completing a monograph entitled Deviant Noise: Quinquis, Criminality and Sound in Spanish Film for Manchester University Press. The book is part of a wider project on the relationship between deviancy and sound in Spanish cinema and culture, which is also the theme of a season of films that he will be curating at the Cineteca in Madrid in summer 2018.

He is co-editing two special journal issues, which are both forthcoming in 2019: one entitled 'Spanish Sound Cultures' for Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies with Samuel Llano; the other on contemporary cinematic responses to the Spanish economic crisis for Hispanic Research Journal with Chris Perriam.

Administrative roles

  • Director of Graduate Studies (Hispanic Studies)

Authored and edited books

  • Deviant Noise: Quinquis, Criminality and Sound in Spanish Film, under contract with Manchester University Press
  • Performance and Spanish Film (co-edited with Dean Allbritton and Alejandro Melero), Manchester University Press, 2016
  • Locating the Voice in Film: Global Practices and Critical Approaches (co-edited with Sarah Wright), Oxford University Press, 2016
  • The Films of Elías Querejeta: A Producer of Landscapes (University of Wales Press, 2011)


  • 'Deviant Speed: Mapping the Ruta del Bakalao', Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies (forthcoming)
  • 'Crime, Knowledge and the Photographic Object in La isla mínima', Hispanic Research Journal, 2018, 19 (1)
  • ‘Ghostly Resonance: Sound, memory, and matter in Las olas and Dies d’agost’, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 2015, 15 (3)
  • ‘Of Machines and Routines: Mundane rhythms and sounds in Whisky and Párpados azules’, Journal of Film and Video, 2015, 67 (2)
  • ‘Locating ‘la voz’: The sound and space of Spanish dubbing’, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 2012, 13 (3), 292-305
  • ‘Producing Resistance: Elías Querejeta’s political landscapes’, Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, 52, Summer 2010
  • ‘Frozen Soundscapes in Control (Anton Corbijn) and Radio On (Chris Petit)’, Journal of British Cinema and Television, 6 (3), 2009, pp. 424–436
  • ‘No-man’s Land: The transitional time and space of the Spanish delinquent in Carlos Saura’s Deprisa, deprisa’, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 85 (5), 2008, pp. 679 – 694
  • ‘Infinite Landscapes in Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón’s Habla, mudita’, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, 3 (2), 2007

Book chapters

  • ‘Sonorous flesh: The visual and aural erotics of skin in Eloy de la Iglesia’s quinqui films’, in (ed.) Santiago Fouz-Hernández, Spanish Erotic Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 2017)
  • ‘Woody’s Spanish “Double”: Vocal performance, ventriloquism and the sound of dubbing’ in (eds.) Tom Whittaker and Sarah Wright, Locating the Voice in Film: Critical Approaches and Global Practices (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • ‘The Sounds of José Luis López Vázquez: Vocal performance, gesture and technology’ in (eds.) Tom Whittaker, Alejandro Melero Salvador & Dean Albritton, Performance in Spanish Cinema (Manchester University Press, 2016)
  • ‘Palimpsests of Violence, Palimpsests of Genre: La noche de los girasoles’ in (eds.) María Delgado and Robin Fiddian, Spanish Cinema 1973-2010: Auteurism, Politics, Landscape and Memory. (Manchester University Press, 2014)
  • ‘Mobile Soundscapes in the Quinqui Film’ in (eds.) Rob Stone and Lisa Shaw, Screening Songs in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema (Manchester University Press, 2013)
  • ‘Out of Place, Out of Synch: Errant movement and rhythm in Buñuel’s Mexican comedies of the 1950s’ in (eds.) Rob Stone and Julián Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla, The Companion to Luis Buñuel (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)


  • PGCert in Higher Education, University of Liverpool, 2016
  • PhD in Film Studies, University of London, 2008
  • MA in Spanish Studies, University of London, 2003
  • BA (Hons) in Hispanic Studies and French, University of London, 2002

Office hours 2017/2018

Term 1
Mondays 1-2pm, Fridays 12-1pm

Term 2

Mondays 1pm-2pm, Fridays 11am-12pm