Aled is a Postdoctoral Researcher based at Swansea University working on the OWRI funded Project Cross Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community. Aled’s research investigates bi/multilingualism in literature in order to explore the effects that knowledge or exposure to other languages has on the literary production and artistic development of novelists. He is currently working on an article which explores the ways in which Irish writer Colm Toíbín acts as a cultural intermediary and ambassador of the Hispanic world to Anglophone audiences.

Aled’s additional research interests lie in the exploration of the themes of gender and sexuality; migration, exile and transnationalism in Latin American culture, literature and cinema. His PhD thesis: ‘Literal and Metaphorical Spaces at the Margins: Marginalisation in Contemporary Colombian Literature’ analysed the themes of Otherness and ‘difference’ in recent Colombian literary production, dealing specifically with the themes of displacement, gender, violence and racial relations in the works of Santiago Gamboa, Laura Restrepo, Fernando Vallejo, Gabriel García Márquez and Óscar Collazos. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Latin American Studies
  • Contemporary Latin American Writing
  • Narratives of Migration and Displacement

Publications

  1. Booker Prize: tradition of multilingual writers seems to be dying out – more’s the pity.

Teaching

  • ML-322 From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics

    From the beginning of film-making, directors have been inspired to adapt classic works of literature for the screen. There are a variety of reasons for this, ranging from the commercial to the provocative, the nationalistic to the exploitative. Good film adaptations, however, can enrich our understanding of well-known or canonical literary works in numerous ways. They are also works of art in their own right. This modules examines seven short works of literature (one French play, two Spanish novels, two German novellas, and two selections of Italian tales or short stories) and eight films (two each from French, German, Italian and Spanish). The books were written between the 1350s and 1970s, the films made between 1959 and 1995. All achieved renown in their day and continue to excite debate and stimulate new interpretations. The guiding themes are heritage, religion, prejudice, and passion. Students of Modern Languages are expected to use sources in the languages that they are studying. All texts are available in English translation and all films have English sub-titles.

  • ML-M25 Gender in Contemporary European Culture

    This module provides an introduction to the representation of gender in contemporary European culture through in-depth analysis of groundbreaking, sometimes controversial, novels, plays and films. It pays close attention to the nexus of gender and sexuality, ethnicity, work, the media, history, scandal, desire and politics. All texts will be read in translation.

  • MLS208 Barcelona/Buenos Aires

    Barcelona is considered to be one of the most cultural and dynamic cities in Spain. We will examine how the city became such a motor of change at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century by considering how Barcelona became a new enterprising European city through the World Fairs, Art and architecture in Modernism, Gaudi and a novel urban environment. We will then look closely at a novel by one of Spain's leading authors, which traces the rise and fall of a character through this new developing city. Finally we will consider how culture and enterprise are used to brand the city again in the 21st century. Buenos Aires is regarded as the cultural capital of Spanish America and that continent's most European city. We will consider the rise of Buenos Aires in the 19th century (including architectural features) and look at key moments in the city's history: mass immigration from Europe, the birth of tango, the emergence of lunfardo (an Italian-based dialect peculiar to the city) and, in the political sphere, the rise of Personism and the role of Evita.

  • MLS307 Hispanic Identities

    This module offers students an insight into the key issues relating to identity in the Hispanic World. The first part of the module deal with critically examining the notions of `hispanic-ness¿, `identity¿ and `culture¿ with a particular focus on the development of national identity in modern Spain. The notion of `crisis¿ from a semiotic perspective will be explored. We will move from the liberalisation period under Franco¿s regime to the consolidation of democracy after the victory of the PSOE in 1982. The `invention¿ of a new democratic tradition is a key notion to understanding the links between the crisis that represented the transition to democracy in the 70s and the 2008-2011 crisis, as a process of cultural reassessment. Texts of varying genres and by a variety of different authors will be used to study these key areas in detail. On the Latin American side, discussion of national identity is still informed by the civilization versus barbarism debate inaugurated by the Argentine writer and statesman, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1811-88), who sought to extend European influence at the expense of indigenous culture. National identity is also closely associated with gender and violence (the latter being of particular significance in Colombia). These issues will be illustrated by close analysis of the most celebrated 20th century Spanish-language novel, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Cien anos de soledad (1967).

  • MLS307W Hunaniaethau Sbaeneg eu hiaith

    Bwriad y modiwl hwn yw cynnig i¿r myfyrwyr ddealltwriaeth o brif themâu yn ymwneud â hunaniaethau Sbaeneg eu hiaith. Er mwyn hybu dealltwriaeth o ddynameg hunaniaeth Sbaen fodern gan fyfyrwyr, cyflwyna¿r modiwl drafodaeth ar ddatblygiad y genedl-wladwriaeth yn Sbaen yn ogystal â hanes a thwf hunaniaethau Catalwnia a Gwlad y Basg. Ceir hefyd archwiliad o brif safbwyntiau damcaniaethol yn ymwneud ag adeiladu hunaniaeth, yn cynnwys cenedlaetholdeb, cof a myth. Edrychir ar destunau gan awduron amrywiol er mwyn astudio¿r themâu allweddol hyn yn fanwl. Ar ochr America Ladin, parheir i lunio trafodaethau ar hunaniaeth genedlaethol ar sail y dicotomi sydd yn gosod gwareiddiad yn erbyn barbariaeth, a sefydlwyd gan yr ysgrifennwr a gwleidydd o¿r Ariannin Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1811-88) yn ei ymdrechion i ehangu¿r dylanwad Ewropeaidd ar draul diwylliannau brodorol. Ceir hefyd gysylltiad agos rhwng hunaniaeth genedlaethol a mynegiannau rhywedd a thrais (sydd yn hynod arwyddocaol yng Ngholombia). Canolbwyntir ar enghreifftiau o¿r pynciau hynny trwy astudiaeth fanwl o nofel Sbaeneg fwyaf enwog yr 20fed ganrif, sef Cien años de soledad (1967) gan Gabriel García Márquez.

Research Groups

  • Member

    CEPSAM (Centre for the Comparative Study of Portugal, Spain and the Americas)