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After studying an MA in Transnational Studies at the University of Southampton, Italia Boliver completed her PhD at the Department of Spanish Portuguese & Latin American Studies in June 2012, where she has taught since 2005. Her PhD thesis was focused on theories of reality and Neo-plasticism in Julio Cortázar’s novel Rayuela. Her research interests are in the modernist European vanguards; exile and its relationship to Latin American modernist fiction, particularly Cuban fiction and poetry; theories of Otherness and the perceptual phenomenon of absence as presence in poetry; as well as contemporary and conceptual art.

She has worked in various publications including the Mexican literary magazine Letras Libres; Editorial Clío; Contemporary Magazine, and the Journal of Latin American Studies, among others.

Research Interests

  • The relationship between the European modernist avant-gardes and Latin American fiction of the second half of the 20th Century.
  •  Theories of reality, space, otherness and absence in fiction.
  •  Visual aspects of the literary text, including ekphrasis.
  •  Interior and exterior exile in relation to narratives of the Self in Latin American and Spanish modernist fiction and poetry.
  •  Gender Studies and Postmodernism.


Italia Boliver teaches modules in Spanish Language and Latin American Culture and Narrative.