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Dr Federico Bonaddio

Dr Federico Bonaddio

Federico BonaddioReader in Modern Spanish Studies

Head of Department
+44 (0)20 7848 1028
Address Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies
Room 5.39, Virginia Woolf Building
King’s College London 
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

Federico obtained a BA degree in French and Spanish from Bristol University in 1986. He went on to complete an MA in Spanish at Leeds University the subsequent year and was awarded a PhD by the same institution in 1992. His first teaching position was at Glasgow University in 1991 and he held positions at Aberdeen University and Hull University after that. He was appointed to King’s in 1998. He is editor of A Companion to Federico García Lorca (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2007) and author of Federico García Lorca: The Poetics of Self-Consciousness (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2010). 
Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Modern Spanish fiction, poetry and film

Federico has published on 20th-century Spanish culture, including the poetry of Federico García Lorca and popular Spanish cinema. He is generally interested in metatextual devices and difficulties inherent in creative processes. He is currently working on cultural responses to Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy.  Federico welcomes PhD proposals on any area of modern and contemporary Spanish culture. He is currently supervising projects on literature by Moroccans written in Spanish, on the poetry of Miguel Hernández, and on women writers during Spain’s transition to Democracy. 

Selected publications
  • Author, ‘Reflections on Lorca, Quevedo and the Sonetos del amor oscuro’, Cuadernos de ALDEEU  27 (Spring 2014), pp. 111-28
  • Author, ‘Lola la piconera: hybridity, politics, entertainment’, in Elena Oliete, Beatriz Oria and Juan Tarancón (eds), Global Genres/Local Films: the Transnational Dimension of Spanish Cinema (London: Bloomsbury, 2016), pp. 61-70
  • Author, ‘Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding: Patriarchy’s Tragic Flaws’, in Cesare Cuttica and Gaby Mahlberg (eds), Patriarchal Moments (London: Bloomsbury, 2016), pp. 163-169
  • Author, ‘Hope beyond Hope: The Motif of Ruins in María Zambrano and Luis Cernuda’,  Xon de Ros and Daniela Omlor (eds), The cultural legacy of Maria Zambrano, Studies in Hispanic Cultures, 24 (Oxford: Legenda, 2017), pp. 77-88
  • Author, ‘Bamboleho: The aesthetics and significance of the moment’, Short Film Studies, 8:2 (2018), pp. 135–38, doi: 10.1386/sfs.8.2.135_1

Federico teaches a number of modules on twentieth-century Spanish culture and also teaches on the core Spanish Language programme. 

Expertise and public engagement

Federico is often asked to talk on the subject of Federico García Lorca and is happy to consider presentations or interviews on this and other aspects of modern Spanish culture.


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