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Academic Staff

Dr. Bárbara Fernández Melleda
Assistant Professor in Latin American Studies

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Bárbara Fernández Melleda

Bárbara arrived in Hong Kong in 2019 after working as a Teaching Fellow in Spanish at The University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on a variety of topics that analyse Chilean literature, such as intersections between articulations of the female psyche, the criticism of neoliberal principles within a post-dictatorship context, biblical references in poetry and narrative, and memory/post-memory constructions in Chilean writing, among others. Lately, Bárbara has been exploring the cultural relationship between China and Latin America, more specifically with Chile through poets Pablo Neruda and Pablo de Rokha. She has received a grant to conduct research in Beijing in order to examine details concerning the great friendship between Pablo Neruda and Chinese poet Ai Qing, and how this permeates poetic work. At the moment, Bárbara is working on her book manuscript entitled Chilean Women’s Poetry under Neoliberalism: Expressing Discontent (1980-2020).

As a Latinamericanist, Bárbara’s teaching portfolio is broad. She has lectured on Chilean culture, canonical authors from the Latin American Boom and Nobel Prize winners, XIX century foundational and abolitionist novels from Cuba, Perú and Argentina, Latin American visual culture and fine arts, and Latin American cultural theory. At HKU, Bárbara is devoted to the development of Latin American themed courses and expanding the scope of the American Studies Programme from a hemispheric perspective. She also welcomes postgraduate proposals on topics related to her research interests. She is currently in the early stages of developing a Brazilianist research cluster with her PhD and MPhil students.

Dr Fernández Melleda works as a member of La Joyita Cartonera publisher based in Chile and seeks to explore issues of representation, creation, and resistance in cartonera publishers in Latin America. She is a peer reviewer for a variety prestigious journals and reviews books on Latin American literary criticism for a large UK University Press. Bárbara also contributes to the dissemination of Chilean current affairs for an international audience in Alborada, an independent voice on Latin American politics and culture based in London.

2021/22 Courses
Semester 1 (September 2021)
AMER2061 Argentina and Chile Dictatorships: Building Resistance through Literature and Film
AMER2068 Magical Realism in Latin American Literature and Film
Further information on these courses here.

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Linguistics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Master of Arts in Latin American Literature, Universidad de Chile.
PhD in Hispanic Studies, The University of Edinburgh.

Postgraduate Supervision
Mr Henrique Gomes (2020-2024): Coloniality and Structural Racism in Brazil: Epistemic Diversity in Contemporary Brazilian North-eastern Literature and Cinema, PhD, Principal Supervisor.
Ms Leilei Zhang (2021-2023): Images and Memory of Brazil in Memórias do Cárcere (1953) by Graciliano Ramos and Brazil, Land of the Future (1941) by Stefan Zweig, MPhil, Principal Supervisor.

Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-4 PM. Meetings can be in person or via Zoom. Please email me in advance to book an appointment or write down your name at the sheet outside my office.

For accessing some of my publications, please check my profile.



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