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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  (BA, Cambridge University 1980; PhD, Cambridge University, 1985), is Professor of Latin American Film, Literature and Culture at University College London. 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. 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. 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. He has been awarded the Order of Merit for Distinguished Services by the Peruvian Government (2004) and has an Honorary Doctorate from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru (2004). He was made a Miembro Correspondiente by the Academia Peruana de la Lengua in 2014. He is currently Director of the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre at UCL.

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Research Summary
Stephen M. Hart is Professor of Latin American Film, Literature and Culture 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 Latin American literature and film. 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. His literary biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez was Reaktion Books "Book of the Month" when it was published in August 2010, and has since been translated into Chinese (June 2014). His literary biography of Cesar Vallejo came out in English in 2013, and has been re-published in Spanish, Cesar Vallejo: una biografia literaria (2014), traduccion de Nadia Stagnaro. His forthcoming book, Latin American Cinema, will be published in October 2014 by Reaktion Books. He is currently working on a new biography of the inaugural saint of the Americas, Santa Rosa de Lima (1586-1617). This research project has been funded by the British Academy.
Teaching Summary
Stephen Hart teaches courses on Latin American literature, film and culture at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, The Latin American Supernatural (First-year course), and Cultural Dilemmas (Fourth-Year course). He teaches a Masters course on 'How to make an 8-minute documentary' for the Film Studies MA, and co-teaches a course on documentary film-making at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television at San Antonio de los Banos in Cuba during the summer. 
Appointments
01-SEP-2002 Professor of Latin American Film, Literature and Culture Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies UCL, United Kingdom
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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