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Dr Rhiannon McGlade
Dept of Spanish & Latin American Studies
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Teaching Fellow in Hispanic Studies
  • SELCS
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
 
 
Biography
My research focuses on the role of political cartoons in cultural studies with a particular focus on the Catalan tradition. My thesis, entitled Seriously Funny: Towards an Interpretative Framework for an Analysis of Catalan Satirical Cartoons in the Twentieth Century, marked an innovative break from current studies by rereading the Catalan cartooning tradition through the introduction of a multimodal framework that mediates continuities between selected periods from 1898 to 1977. Through discussions of humour and identity, it considered how the shifting socio-political context shaped Catalan satire and to what extent satire shaped that context. Looking beyond the common cut-off point of the Spanish Civil War, the study engaged with satirical cartoons in Mexican exile, the clandestine press and children’s comics under Franco. This work not only introduced the undervalued Catalan tradition to humour discourse whilst injecting a much-needed academic approach to Catalan cartoon humour, but it also highlighted the important potential of cartoons as a resource in Hispanic Studies and in cultural analysis in general and has served as the springboard for future avenues of research.
Research Summary

To date, my research has provided material for several national and international conference papers, articles and book chapters. I have recently completed an invitational section in a forthcoming edited volume by Jaume Capdevila on the publication L’Esquella de la Torratxa (Barcelona: efadós). A book based on my doctoral thesis is planned for publication by University Wales Press in June 2014. I have a forthcoming article on the cartoonist Tísner in Mexico and comparative articles on Spanish and Catalan graphical satire and British and Catalan satirical approaches to the Spanish Civil War as well as an examination of the representation of women in Catalan cartoons are planned for submission for the coming academic year.

I am currently involved in an international research network headed by political historian Prof. Enric Ucelay da Cal (Universitat de Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona). The funded research group involves collaboration with other colleagues working in the field of humour theory, with specific focus on the Spanish-speaking world. The planned outputs include a series of publications and three international conferences.

Teaching Summary

My current teaching at UCL comprises literature of the Spanish Transition to democracy and the works of Cervantes. 
I am also currently teaching several courses at the University of Sheffield including Catalan Sephardic literature, Barcelona: the culture of the city and Catalan language in use.
At Birmingham and Sheffield Universities, I have previously contributed to all levels of undergraduate teaching in Spanish and Catalan language, literature and cultural courses. Subjects I have taught include: Spanish and Latin American Media, beginner translation skills; Golden-Age Spanish literature; contemporary Spanish literature and culture; contemporary Latin American film and literature; and contemporary Catalan literature.

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