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.