Dr Duncan Wheeler

Dr Duncan Wheeler

Associate Professor in Spanish Studies

+44 (0)113 343 3514

Summary: Golden Age Drama and Prose Fiction; Hispanic and European cinema(s); Translation; Popular Music; Contemporary Spanish Culture and Politics; Twentieth-Century Spanish Theatre; Gender and Sexuality

BA (University of Oxford)
MA (University of Oxford)
M.St. (University of Oxford)
D.Phil. (University of Oxford)

Research Interests

Duncan read Spanish and Philosophy at the University of Oxford (2000-2004), where he subsequently completed his masters (2004-2005) and doctoral thesis (2005-2009). Having arrived in Leeds in 2009, he was awarded a 2-year Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship in 2010; he re-joined the Faculty as a lecturer in 2012, and was promoted to the role of Associate Professor in 2013. With the exception of post-graduate supervision, Duncan will be on sabbatical from August 1 2015 onwards. Plans for this period of leave from Leeds include taking up a Visiting Fellowship at St Catherine's College, Oxford; launching a new book series on Spanish Golden Age studies (http://www.peterlang.com/?SGAS); developing a major new research project, on the subject of nostalgia in twenty-first century Spanish culture; and continuing his editorship (Hispanic Studies) of Modern Language Review. In January 2016, he was awarded a University Student Education Fellowship in recognition of his innovative teaching of theatre and translation, and in order to allow him to further develop their integration into undergraduate degree programmes. Duncan has a variety of research interests but they tend to be united by a continual preoccupation with the interrelationship between cultural institutions, art, politics and memory in contemporary and Early-Modern Spain. In addition to supervising individual MA and PhD students, Duncan is a former course-director of the SLCS's Postgraduate Research Training Module; has examined and supervised students from Spain studying for a European doctorate; and has been an invited postgraduate instructor at both the Universidad Carlos III (Madrid) and UCLA (Los Angeles). At the University of Leeds, he welcomes proposals from postgraduate students in the following areas: Golden Age Drama and Prose Fiction; Hispanic and European cinema(s); Translation; Popular Music; Contemporary Spanish Culture and Politics; Twentieth-Century Spanish Theatre; Gender and Sexuality.

Major Publications

Single-Authored Monographs

Art, Power and Governance: The Cultural Politics of Spain's Transition to Democracy (London: Bloomsbury: Academic, 2016)

La puesta en escena del teatro áureo, ayer, hoy y mañana (Kassel: Reichenberger, 2016).  

Golden Age Drama in Contemporary Spain: The Comedia on Page, Stage and Screen (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2012).

Translations/Dual-Language Critical Editions

Corín Tellado, Thursdays with Leila, trans. Duncan Wheeler, intro. Diana Holmes and Duncan Wheeler, prologue Mario Vargas Llosa (Cambridge: MHRA New Translations, 2016)

Various Authors, Spanish Songs of the Transition, trans. and intro. Duncan Wheeler (Oxford: Oxbow, 2016).

José Luis Alonso de Santos, Bajarse al moro/Going Down to Morocco, trans. and intro. Duncan Wheeler (Oxford: Oxbow, 2013).

Edited Books/Special Issues

Duncan Wheeler and Richard Cleminson (2018), Cross-Dressing and Sexual Ambiguity in the Theatre of the Golden Age, Special Issues of Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

Duncan Wheeler, David George and Stuart Green (2018), Beyond the Text: Sights and Sounds of the Spanish Stage, Special Issue of Hispanic Research Journal.

Duncan Wheeler and Fernando Canet (eds.), (Re)viewing Creative, Critical and Commercial Practices in Contemporary Spanish Cinema (Bristol: Intellect, 2014).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles  

‘The future of nostalgia: re-vindicating Spanish actors and acting in and through cine de barrio’ in Performance and Spanish Film, eds. Dean Allbritton, Alejandro Melero and Tom Whittaker (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016), forthcoming.


Keynote Addresses and Invited Lectures

‘State of the nation? The past, present and future of bullfighting in Spain’, School of Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies Research Seminar, Trinity College, Dublin, 29 March 2016.

'European film in the modern-language classroom', ISMLA Annual Conference, 30 January 2016.  

'Bullfighters, celebrity culture and soft power in 1960s Spain', Institute of Modern Languages Research, Senate House, London, 2 June 2015.

'Traduciendo los clásicos: de Miguel de Cervantes a José Luis Alonso de Santos', Departamento de traducción y interpretación, Universidad de Málaga, 18 May 2015.

'Crónica sentimental de la Birmingham de los años 80', En los ochenta... culturas audiovisuales en los extrarradios de los relatos Research Seminar Series, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, 13 November 2014.

'Stop making sense: women filmmakers in Spain', University of Liverpool Modern Languages and Cultures Research Seminar, 5 November 2014. 

'Anglo-Spanish literary relationships, then and now', Transnational Networks and Systems in Early Modern Theater Conference, University of Oxford, 23-26 June 2014.

‘The linguistic and cultural challenges of translating nostalgia’, Genre and Memory Joint Workshop, University of Birmingham, 28 September 2013.

‘Television personalities: broadcasting female punks during the Transition’, Women Then and Now in Spanish Theatre, Cinema and Television International Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, 25-27 June 2013.

‘¿Cuéntame cómo pasó? Las relaciones bilaterales entre la legislación sobre la violencia de género y el cine español’, GECA 4: Workshop Internacional de Investigación’, Complutense, Madrid, 15-16 April 2013.

'What the Iranian Shah, Hola magazine and heroin use have to tell us about La Movida and Spain's transition to democracy?', Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Research Seminar, King’s College, University of London, 16 January 2013.  

'What, if anything, do we know about the censorship of popular music under Franco', Censorship and Cultural Central Symposium, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 23 May 2012.  

'Mirando hacia atrás para seguir adelante: la puesta en escena de la comedia en España desde 1939, y la creación de un Lope para el siglo XXI', Lope de Vega: Reescrituras desde el siglo XX, CCHS-CSIC, Madrid, 1-2 December 2011.

'Beyond the black legend of Calderón's wife murder-plays: amorous strife, violence and the comedia', Department of Spanish Research Seminar, University of Oxford, 25 January 2011. 

'Golden Age drama in exile', Hispanic Studies Research Seminar, University of Cork, 17 December 2010.

'Ways of performing national classical drama in Spain', Out of The Wings Symposium, University of Oxford, 18-19 March 2010.  

'¿Imágenes violentas?: la representación de la violencia de género en el cine inglés y estadounidense', Public Lecture, Universitat de Valencia, 15 December 2009.

'The ones that got away: Maria Teresa León, La dama duende and "anti-Spanish" cinematic adaptations of Golden Age drama', Study of Hispanic Exile Research Seminar, University of Birmingham, 23 October 2009.

Conference Papers

'Vázquez Montalbán y los quinquis', III Congreso Internacional Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 10-12 December 2015.

'The sights and sounds of nostalgia: The twenty-first century Spanish musical', AHGBI 60th anniversary conference, University of Exeter, 13-15 April 2015. 

'Corín Tellado, celebrity culture and Spain’s transition to democracy', Democracy and the Arts in the Contemporary Hispanic World, University of Birmingham, 25-27 June 2014. 

'The role of Catalan theatre in Spain’s transition to democracy', International Federation for Theatre Research Conference, Barcelona Institut de Teatre, 22-26 July 2013.

'Celebrity punk rockers? Alaska and Mario: A typically Spanish MTV reality show', Europop, Inaugural Conference of the European Popular Culture Association, College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London, 11-13 July 2012. 

'A Catalan in New York: Elegy (Isabel Coixet, 2008) as a case study of Spanish auteur theory', Contemporary Spanish Cinema Conference, New York, 12-16 December 2011.  

'The comedia and the culture of the baroque', Modern Language Association Convention, Los Angeles, 6-9 January 2011.    

Public Engagement

'No bull: celebrity toreros in consumer(ist) Spain', Club taurino de Londres, 9 April 2015.

'Introductory talk to film screening of Bodas de sangre (Carlos Saura, 1981)',  Opera North, Leeds, 14 February 2015. 

'Introduction to film screenings as part of "Berlanga and Bardem" retrospective', 28th Leeds International Film Festival, Various venues, 5-20 November 2014.

'La voz de los clásicos: recital de la CNTC y encuentro con el público', Leeds Public Library, 23 October 2014.

'Traducción y estudio de la obra de José Luis Alonso de Santos en el extranjero', Curso de Investigación y Creación en la obra de José Luis Alonso de Santos, Urueña (Valladolid), 14-18 July 2014: see http://www.elnortedecastilla.es/culturas/201407/18/alonso-santos-fronteras-20140717195617.html

'In conversation with Ángeles González-Sinde', International Writers at Leeds, Leeds Public Library, 18 March 2014, listen to a recording at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/news/article/4113/spanish_writer_and_politican_angeles_gonzalez-sinde_in_conversation_at_leeds_central_library

'Roundtable discussion with the cast of Don Gil de las calzas verdes', Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath, 28 November 2013.

'Spanish Book Launch and Presentation of Golden Age Drama in Contemporary Spain: The Comedia on Page Stage and Screen,' Ocho y Medio Bookshop, Madrid, 7 November 2012.

'UK Book Launch and Presentation of Golden Age Drama in Contemporary Spain: The Comedia on Page Stage and Screen', Instituto Cervantes, Manchester, 27 September 2012.  

'Domestic violence in Early Modern Spain', Public Lecture, Instituto Cervantes, Sydney, 16 June 2012.

'Spanish legislation and approaches to domestic violence as a social disease: an example to follow or an error to avoid?', Wakefield District NHS Primary Care Trust, Ongoing Professional Training for Public Health Practitioners, 30 March 2011.

'Introductory talk to screening of Hable con ella', Opera North, Leeds, 14 January 2011. 

'Too much too soon or too little too late: placing new Spanish legislation on gender based violence in context', Public Lecture, University of Oxford Women's Campaign, 9 June 2008.

External Positions

Editor (Hispanic Studies): Modern Language Review

Series Editor, 'Spanish Golden Age Studies', Peter Lang International Academic Publishers

Trustee: Modern Humanities Research Association

Editorial Advisory Board: 'Spanish and Latin American Series', University of Wales Press; MHRA New Translations

Subject Editor (Peninsular Spain): The Literary Encyclopedia

Reviews Editor: New Cinemas (Journal of Contemporary Film)

Membership Secretary and Executive Committee Member: Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland

Visiting Professor/Fellow: Center for 17th- and 18-Century Studies, UCLA (2012-2013); Department of Audio-Visual Communication, Carlos III (Madrid) (2014-15); St Catherine's College, University of Oxford (2015-2016) 

Peer Reviewer: Arbor; Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies; Bulletin of Hispanic Studies; Bulletin of Spanish Studies; Hispanic Research Journal; Journal of European Popular Culture; Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies; Letras Peninsulares; New Cinemas; Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos

Programming Advisor: Leeds International Film Festival; Birds Eye View Film Festival (BFI)

Regular Guest Speaker: The Prince’s Trust Teaching Institute

Reader/Reviewer: Cambridge University Press; Manchester University Press; The Leverhulme Trust; MHRA Texts and Dissertations Series; IMLR Books; Routledge

Translator: Royal Shakespeare Company

External Examiner (Undergraduate Programmes): University of Bangor

External PhD Examiner: Universities of Carlos III; Complutense, Madrid; Oviedo; Valencia; and Polytechnic University of Valencia 

Member: AHRC Research Careers and Training Advisory Group Network

Jury Member: London Hispanic Theatre Festival

Founding Member: Últimas Tendencias Escénicas de los clásicos españoles (UTECE) International Research Group

Major Research Projects, Prizes and Grants

University of Leeds Student Education Fellowship (£5,000), 2016

Hispanex Fund for International Collaboration, Spanish Ministry of Culture, Education and Sport (£3,000), 2015. 

LHRI Pump-Priming (£890), 2013 

Special Award for Publication of Golden Age Drama in Contemporary Spain, The Anglo-Spanish Society and Spanish Embassy in London (£500), 2012 

Leverhulme Research Fellowship  (£58,000), 2010-2012

Sir George Labouchere Fund for Spanish Studies (£5,000), 2008-2009

De Osma Studentship, Vice-Chancellor, Oxford University and Instituto de Valencia de Don Juan, Madrid (£3,250), 2008

Abbey-Santander Academic Travel Grant (£500), 2008

Scatcherd European Scholarship (£3,250), 2008

AHRC Doctoral Award (Full - Fees plus maintenance grant), 2006-2008

AHRC Travel Award (£1,500), 2006

Hargreaves-Mawdsley Research Scholarship, Wolfson College (£5,000), 2005-2006

Fieldler Travel Grant, University of Oxford (£300), 2005

AHRB, Research Preparation Masters Award (Full - Fees plus maintenance grant), 2004-2005

Kolkhorst Exhibition, University of Oxford, 2004.

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Golden Age Drama and Prose Fiction

Hispanic and European cinema(s)


Popular Music

Contemporary Spanish Culture and Politics

Twentieth-century Spanish Theatre

Gender and Sexuality

School Responsibilities / Affiliations

Executive Committee Member, Centre for World Cinemas

Co-ordinator, International Writers in Leeds

Convenor, European Popular Musics Cluster