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Prof Stephen M. Hart
Appointment
  • Professor of Latin American Film, Literature and Culture
  • SELCS
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Biography
Stephen M. Hart (Ph.D., Cambridge University 1985, Ord. al Mérito, Perú 2004, Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru, 2004) is Professor of Latin American Film, Literature and Culture and Head of the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies at University College London. He is a specialist in Latin American literature, film and culture and has published a series of monographs and edited volumes on Religion, politica y ciencia en la obra de. He is General Editor of Tamesis and founder-director of the Centre of César Vallejo Studies which promotes knowledge of the life and work of Vallejo via annual cultural events and symposia. In 2000 he published an edition of Vallejo's poems, and in 2002 an annotated bibliography of Vallejo's work with Jorge Cornejo Polar, and in 2003 he and Juan Fló brought out Autógrafos olvidados, an edition of the 52 hand-written manuscripts of early versions of Vallejo’s poems which had been discovered in Montevideo. He is the Director of a Documentary Film-Making Project which runs an annual summer school in Cuba at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in San Antonio de los Baños, operational since 2006, and he is Director of the Festival of the Moving Image. He has co-directed a short documentary based on Cuban inventiveness, El invento (2006), and directed a docudrama based on César Vallejo’s life and work, Traspié entre 46 estrellas (2006), screened at the Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, in Rome and in California, as well as two short documentary films, Chiaroscuro (2008) on the making of Julio Garcia Espinosa's El Megano, and Sin titulo (2009) which analyses nightmares, politics and film in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's work. His literary biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez was Reaktion Books "Book of the Month" (August 2010). Stephen Hart recently completed a film version of one of Cesar Vallejo's plays, Dressing-Room. He was interviewed on BBC Four - World News Today, BBC World, on 7 October 2010 as a result of the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2010 to the Peruvian author, Mario Vargas Llosa.
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Academic Background
1985 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
1984 MA Master of Arts University of Cambridge
1980 BA Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
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