DEPT/SUBJECT AREA - Modern Foreign Languages (Latin America Studies)
SUPERVISOR(S) - Dr. Lloyd Hughes Davies and Dr. Federico Lopez-Terra
RESEARCH DEGREE (PhD/M.Phil/MA by Research) - PhD
THESIS TITLE - Rosas and Perón in the Contemporary Argentine Novel
After achieving a BA Joint First Class Honours Degree in French and Spanish at Swansea University, I am now pursuing a PhD in Latin American Cultural Studies. For many decades, Argentina’s former populist President, Juan Domingo de Perón has been equated to the infamous nineteenth-century Federalist dictator, Juan Manuel de Rosas. The official liberal historical perspective postulates that the Perón government was the ‘second tyranny’, the first being the Rosas regime, but this assertion is largely inaccurate. Despite the evident parallels to be drawn, both men’s supporters and archenemies use the similarities to reinforce their own political agendas. Thus, my project explores the plausible comparisons between Argentina’s most polemical political leaders, focusing on the literary representations of both figures in a series of fictional and historical works.
-‘Uncovering Argentina’s Dictators: The Similarities and Differences between Populist Leaders’ – Swansea University Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting Symposium (January 2017)
- ‘After the Fall of Perón: Argentina under the tyrannical militaria junta’ – The Defence Research Network Inauguration Conference in the Politics Department at Bristol University (May 2017)
- ‘Unveiling the Argentina’s Most Prominent Political Leaders: the Literary Representations of Juan Manuel de Rosas and Juan Domingo Perón’, College of Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Conference, Swansea University (October 2017)
- ‘Women as the Nation: The Literary Depictions of Juan Manuel de Rosas and the Unsung Heroines of La Santa Confederación’- An hour–long discussion of my work for the monthly CEPSAM public lecture, Swansea University (February 2018)
Argentina's Most Prominent Political Icons - published in the 'Young Researchers' section in 'Momentum' magazine, July 2018.
'Eva Perón: The Metaphorical Reincarnation of Encarnación Ezcurra? - I am working on this article for publication in the Journal of Romance Studies.
Scholarships and Awards
James Pantyfedwen Foundation - £12,800
Glamorgan Academic Development Grant - £6,000
Swansea University Academic Development Award - £2,500
Swansea University Postgraduate Scholarship - £3,000
Swansea University Undergraduate Scholarship - £3,000
Swansea University Academic Grant - £1,000
Rhondda Cynon Taff Academic Excellence Grant - £2,000
The Roy Lewis Memorial Award