Dr Lesley Wylie

Senior Dr Lesley WylieLecturer in Latin American Studies

B.A. (Dublin), M.Phil, Ph.D (Cambridge)

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B.A. (Dublin), M.Phil, Ph.D (Cambridge)


I am on maternity leave until January 2017.



Recent publications

Colombia's Forgotten Frontier: A Literary Geography of the Putumayo (Liverpool: LUP, 2013)

Surveying the American Tropics: Literary Geographies from New York to Rio, ed. by Maria Cristina Fumagalli, Peter Hulme, Owen Robinson and Lesley Wylie (Liverpool: LUP, 2013)

Full listing of publications


I work on Latin American literature and culture from the late nineteenth century to the present and I am particularly interested in writing from the Peruvian and Colombian Amazon. In 2016, I was awarded a Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for my project ‘The Poetics of Plants in Latin American Literature’. I have a number of chapters forthcoming on the subject of plants in Latin American literature (please see full list of publications) and I am in the process of writing a monograph examining the role of flora in Latin American literature from the colonial period to the present.

In 2013 I completed a book on the literary geography of the Putumayo River on the Colombian-Peruvian border, which formed part of the AHRC-funded project ‘American Tropics: Towards a Literary Geography’, based in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex. My monograph on the Putumayo was published by Liverpool University Press as part of the series ‘American Tropics: Towards a Literary Geography’, which I am co-editing with Maria Cristina Fumagalli, Peter Hulme, and Owen Robinson. In 2014 I edited a special issue of Hispanic Issues On Line on Amazonian Literature. I am Assistant Editor of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students, particularly in the following areas:

  • Latin America
  • Colombia
  • Amazon
  • Tropics
  • Nature writing
  • Travel writing
  • Postcolonialism
  • Ecocriticism
  • Testimony
  • Latin American literature, in particular on the novela de la selva

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