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Dr. Bárbara Fernández Melleda
Assistant Professor in Latin American Studies

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Bárbara Fernández Melleda

Bárbara arrives 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. Her current research project examines how the future is portrayed and imagined in the narratives of two contemporary Chilean novelists.

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 find out details concerning the great friendship between Pablo Neruda and Ai Qing, and how this permeates poetic work.

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.

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.

2020/21 Courses
Semester 2 (January 2021)
AMER2060 US/Latin American Cultural Interactions
AMER2061 Argentina and Chile Dictatorships: Building Resistance through 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, Principal Supervisor.

Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5 PM. Please note: considering the current Covid-19 situation, in order to ensure both student and staff health and safety, please email me to schedule an appointment which can be held online on Zoom or Skype.

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


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