Fernandez Melleda, BX


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Dr Fernandez Melleda, Barbara Ximena

Assistant Professor


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Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
2008Pontificia Universidad Católica de ChileBachelor of Arts in English Literature and Linguistics
2014Universidad de ChileMaster of Arts in Latin American Literature
2019The University of EdinburghPhD in Hispanic Studies

Bárbara's 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 to find out details of the great friendship between Pablo Neruda and Ai Qing, and how the latter depicts Chilean landscape in his poetry written during his visit to Chile in 1954.

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 she reviews books on Latin American literary criticism for a large UK University Press. 

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Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Latin American politics, social movements and cultures
Latin American literary studies
Latin American indigenous studies
Emphasis on Chile, Argentina, Cuba and Brazil
Sino-Latin American Relations
Spoken Languages:
Spoken Language(s) (EN)Spoken Language(s) (ZH)
English, Spanish英語、西班牙語
Written Languages:
Written Language(s) (EN)Written Language(s) (ZH)
Spanish, English西班牙文、英文
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