Dr Lesley Wylie

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Associate Professor Dr Lesley Wylieof Latin American Studies

Department: Modern Languages

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2668

Email: lw136@le.ac.uk

Office: Room 1106, Attenborough Tower

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Personal details

Biography

I completed my PhD on the novela de la selva, or Latin American jungle novel, at the University of Cambridge in 2006, after which I took up a post-doctoral position on the AHRC project, ‘American Tropics: Towards a Literary Geography’ at the University of Essex. I have been at Leicester since 2009 where I am Associate Professor of Latin American Studies. I work on Latin American literature and culture from the late nineteenth century to the present and I am particularly interested in writing from Colombia, Cuba, and the Peruvian Amazon, as well as the intersections between literature and the environment. I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2017-19) to complete the monograph The Poetics of Plants in Spanish American Literature (forthcoming, University of Pittsburgh Press).

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Trinity College Dublin
  • MPhil in European Literature (Distinction), University of Cambridge
  • PhD University of Cambridge

Publications

Books

The Poetics of Plants in Latin American Literature (Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh University Press, forthcoming)

Colombia’s Forgotten Frontier: A Literary Geography of the Putumayo (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013)

Colonial Tropes and Postcolonial Tricks: Rewriting the Tropics in the ‘novela de la selva’ (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2009)

Edited Collections

Editor, Amazonian Literatures. Hispanic Issues On Line 16 (Fall 2014)

Co-editor (with Maria Cristina Fumagalli, Peter Hulme, and Owen Robinson), Surveying the American Tropics: Literary Geographies from New York to Rio (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013)

Chapters

‘The Politics of Vegetating in Arturo Burga Freitas's Mal de gente’, in Intimate Frontiers: A Literary Geography of the Amazon, ed. Javier Uriarte and Felipe Martínez Pinzón (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019).

‘The Poetics of Plants in Latin American Literature’ in Provincialising Nature: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Politics of the Environment in Latin America, ed. Malayna Raftopoulos and Michela Coletta (London: ILAS, 2016).

‘Anthropomorphism and Arboricide: the Life and Death of Trees in the American Tropics’, in Ecological Crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean, ed. Mark D. Anderson and Zélia Bora (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016).

Articles

‘Afterword’, in Environmental Cultural Studies Through Time: The Luso-Hispanic World. Ed. Kata Beilin, Kathleen Conolly, and Micah McKay. Hispanic Issues On Line 24 (2019): 325–334 (forthcoming)

‘Floriography, Sexuality, and the Horticulture of Hair in Jorge Isaacs’ María’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 95, 9-10 (2018): 147-158

‘Of the Margins and the Center: Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda’, Gender and the Politics of Literature: Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda. Ed. María C Albin, Megan Corbin, Raúl Marrero-Fente. Hispanic Issues On Line 18 (2017): 297-306

‘“La sensibilidad de lo mágico”: Human and Nonhuman Encounters in the Peruvian Amazon.’ Amazonian Literatures. Ed. Lesley Wylie. Hispanic Issues On Line 16 (2014): 84–102.

‘Introduction.’ Amazonian Literatures. Ed. Lesley Wylie. Hispanic Issues On Line 16 (2014): 1–16.

‘Frontier Fictions: the Place of Amazonia in Toá: narraciones de caucherías’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 87.7 (2010), 959-74

‘“Rare Models”:  Roger Casement, the Amazon, and the Ethnographic Picturesque’, Irish Studies Review, 18.3 (2010), 315-330

‘Green Mansions to Green Hell: Travel Writing on the Putumayo, 1874 to 1905’, Studies in Travel Writing, 14.1 (2010), 43-56

‘Colonial Tropes and Postcolonial Tricks: Rewriting the Tropics in the novela de la selva’, Modern Language Review, 101.3 (2006), 728-42

‘Hearts of Darkness: The Celebration of Otherness in the Latin American novela de la selva’, Romance Studies, 23.2 (2005), 105-16

Research

I work on Latin American literature and culture from the late nineteenth century to the present and I am particularly interested in writing from Colombia, Cuba, and the Peruvian Amazon. I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2017-19) to complete the monograph The Poetics of Plants in Spanish American Literature (forthcoming, University of Pittsburgh Press), which explores the role of flora in Latin American culture from the colonial period to the present.

I have a long-established interest in questions of indigenous identity and the environment in Latin America. My PhD, published as Colonial Tropes and Postcolonial Tricks: Rewriting the Tropics in the ‘novela de la selva’ (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2009) offered a postcolonial reading of the Latin American jungle novel.

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 2013 I co-edited the book Surveying the American Tropics: Literary Geographies from New York to Rio and in 2014 I edited a special issue of Hispanic Issues On Line on Amazonian Literature. I am currently working on an edited collection on the cultural history of plants in the American Tropics and future research plans include a book on animism in the work of the Anglo-Argentine author W. H. Hudson. I have been Assistant Editor of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies since 2013.

Teaching

Supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students who wish to work on any area of Latin American literature or culture, from the late colonial period to the present. I have particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Latin American regional novel
  • Colombian literature and film
  • Amazonian literature and culture
  • Alejo Carpentier
  • Nature writing
  • Travel writing
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Ecocriticism
  • Testimony
  • Plant Studies

‘Floriography, Sexuality, and the Horticulture of Hair in Jorge Isaacs’ María’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 95, 9-10 (2018): 147-158

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