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. 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, 2015)

La puesta en escena del teatro áureo, ayer, hoy y mañana (Kassel: Reichenberger, 2015).  

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 (Cambridge: MHRA New Translations, 2016)

Various Authors, Spanish Songs of the Transition, trans. and intro. Duncan Wheeler (Oxford: Oxbow, 2015).

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

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles    

'Translating Quotidian Humour for the Contemporary Stage: José Luis Alonso de Santos's La estanquera de Vallecas', Romance Quarterly, 62.4 (2015), in press.

'Translation and didactics in the language classroom: the preparation and dissemination of a dual-language critical edition of José Luis Alonso de Santos’ Bajarse al moro/Going down to Morocco', co-authored with Betlem Soler Pardo, The Interpreter and Translator Trainer, 9.1 (2015), 30–49.

'In conversation with Gay Mercader, the man who brought rock'n'roll to Spain', Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 18 (2014), 181-96.

'The cultural and gender politics of enunciation: locating the singer-songwriter within and beyond male Anglo-American contexts', co-authored with Lucy O'Brien, Journal of World Popular Music, 2 (2014), 228-248.

'Contextualising and contesting José Antonio Maravall's theories of baroque culture from the perspective of modern-day performance', Bulletin of the Comediantes, 65.1 (2013), 15-43.  

'Mirando hacia atrás para seguir adelante: la puesta en escena de la comedia en España, y la creación de un Lope para el siglo XXI', Don Galán, 3 (2013), available at http://teatro.es/contenidos/donGalan/donGalanNum3/sumario.php

'At the crossroads of tradition and modernity: Raphael and the politics of popular music in Spain', Journal of European Popular Culture, 4.1 (2013), 55-70.  

'Raphael and Spanish popular song: a master entertainer and/or music for maids’, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 16 (2012), 11-30. 

'The representation of domestic violence in Spanish cinema', Modern Language Review, 107.2 (2012), 438-500.

'From the town with more theaters than taxis: Calderón, Lope and Tirso at the 2008 Almagro Festival (part two)', Comedia Performance, 9.1 (2012), 102-142.

'From the town with more theaters than taxis: Calderón, Lope and Tirso at the 2008 Almagro Festival (part one)', Comedia Performance, 8.1 (2011), 151-200.

'All about Almodóvar?: All About My Mother on the London stage', Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 87.7 (2010), 821-41.

'The representation of domestic violence in popular English-language cinema', New Cinemas (Journal of Contemporary Film), 7.2 (2009), 155-75.

'Godard's list: why Spielberg and Auschwitz are number one', Media History, 15.2 (2009), 185-203.

'Intimate partner abuse in Spain (1975-2006)', Cuestiones de género, 3 (2008), 173-204.

'The performance history of Golden-Age drama in Spain (1939-2006)', Bulletin of the Comediantes, 60.2 (2008), 119-155.

'We are living in a material world and I am a material girl: Diana, Countess of Belflor, materialised on the page, stage and screen', Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 84.3 (2007), 267-286.  

Book Chapters

'Cervantes on film' in The Oxford Handbook to Cervantes, ed. Aaron Kahn (Oxford: Oxford University Press), forthcoming.

'Musical affect, nostalgia and modernization: foreign soundtracks in twenty-first century Argentine, Chilean and Mexican cinema' in A Companion to Latin American Cinema, eds. Maria M. Delgado, Stephen Hart and Randal Johnson (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell), forthcoming.   

'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, 2015), in press.

'Mapa teatral del exilio republicano en el Reino Unido' (co-authored with Helena Buffery and Samuel Llano) in El exilio teatral republicano de 1939 en Europa, ed. Mario Martín Gijón (Seville: Renacimiento, 2015), in press. 

'Pepe Estruch and the performance of Golden Age drama: International relationships under Franco and democratic theatrical cultures' in Remaking the Comedia: Spanish Classical Theater in Adaptation, eds. Susan Paun de García and Harley Erdman (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2015), 55-64.  

'Introduction: Spanish films (1992-2012): two decades of cinematic production and critical discourse'; 'Back to the Future: (Re-)packaging Spain’s troublesome past for local and global audiences'; 'Acting and directing in Spain: Historicizing stardom and the author-function'; 'Sex, art and commerce: Penélope Cruz and Isabel Coixet tackle Philip Roth in Elegy (2008)'; 'How to make commercial films now' (with Mercedes Gamero); and 'Round table discussion: Fernando Canet, José Luis Guerín, Isaki Lacuesta and Luis Miñarro' (with Fernando Canet) in (Re)viewing Creative, Critical and Commercial Practices in Contemporary Spanish Cinema, eds. Duncan Wheeler and Fernando Canet (Bristol: Intellect, 2014). 

'También la lluvia/Even the Rain (Iciar Bollaín, 2010): social realism, transnationalism and (neo-)colonialism’ in Spanish Cinema 1978-2000: Auteurism, Politics, Landscape and Memory, eds. Maria M. Delgado and Robin W. Fiddian (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013), 239-55.

'Beyond the black legend of Calderón's wife murder-plays: amorous strife, violence and the comedia' in On Wolves and Sheep: Exploring the Expression of Political Thought in Golden Age Spain, ed. Aaron Kahn (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), 113-146.

'¿La película duende?: María Teresa León, Rafael Alberti and alternative traditions of resurrecting Golden Age drama' in Stages of Exile, ed. Helena Buffery (Bern: Peter Lang, 2011), 71-93.

'A modern-day Fénix?: Lope's cinematic revivals', in A Companion to Lope de Vega, eds. Alexander Samson and Jonathan Thacker, (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2008), 285-299.

Reviews/Cultural Commentary  

Reviews: Bulletin of Spanish Studies; Comedia Performance; Estreno; Hispanic Research Journal; London Review of Books; New Cinemas; Shakespeare Bulletin; Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas; Journal of World Popular Music.

Regular Contributor: La Revista (British-Spanish Society): https://www.britishspanishsociety.org/la-revista-magazine/

'Wanna be In My b(r)and? Live At Leeds festival report', co-authored with Stuart Green, Popular Music, 35.1 (2015), in press.   

'Rock or bust: ageing, alcohol, and popular music', co-authored with Gemma Matthewman, Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities, Winter 2015, available at http://www.hektoeninternational.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1801.  

'Noche en los museos: Exposiciones fotográficas de Blondie, el punk y otras movidas', El Estado Mental, 1 March 2015, available at http://www.elestadomental.com/diario/noche-en-los-museos.  

'Verano azul: ¿por qué vamos a los festivales?', Fronterad, 25 December 2014, available at http://www.fronterad.com/?q=verano-azul-por-que-vamos-a-festivales.

'Report from Madrid', European Stages, 3 (2014), available at http://europeanstages.org/2014/11/07/report-from-madrid/.  

'Julio Iglesias, el embajador universal', JotDown, August 2014, available at http://www.jotdown.es/2014/08/julio-iglesias-el-embajador-universal/.

'Lo que entendemos por cine español’, Academia: revista de la Academia de Cine, April (2011), 21-23.

'La presencia del teatro español en la cartelera inglesa durante el siglo XXI', Contraviento, 8 (2009), 18-21.

'Bruce Springsteen and Spain' in For You: Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen's Legendary Fans, ed. Lawrence Kirsch (Montreal: Lawrence Kirsch Communications, 2007), 184.

Keynote Addresses and Invited Talks

'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

'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, 'Studies in 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

Translator: Royal Shakespeare Company

External Examiner (Undergraduate Programmes): University of Bangor

External PhD Examiner: Universities of 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

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)

Translation

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