Dr Sheldon Penn

Dr Sheldon PennLecturer in Latin American Studies

Office: 1103

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2666

Email: scp10@le.ac.uk


Personal details

  • Subject: Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • BA, MA (Nottingham), PhD (Birmingham), SFHEA



  • Coordinator of Spanish and Latin American Studies



Carlos Fuentes’s Terra nostra and the Kabbalah: The Recreation of the Hispanic World (Lewiston, N.Y; Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2003), 300pp

Journal articles

'The gaze and the Virgin: Marian dimensions of Luis Buñuel's Viridiana', Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies, 2/2 (2018), pp. 215-240

'Visión de Anáhuac (1519) as Virtual Image: Alfonso Reyes's Bergsonian Aesthetic of Creative Evolution', Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 21/2 (2015), pp. 127 - 146

'The Time-Image in Carlos Reygadas' Stellet Licht: A Cinema of Immanence', Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 90/7 (2013), pp. 1159 – 1181

‘Oneiric Landscapes of Creation: Visions of Life and Death in José Gorostiza’s Muerte sin fin’, Romance Studies, 29/4 (2011), pp. 255-68

‘Matter, Memory and Pre-Hispanic Myth: The Poetry of Bernardo Ortiz de Montellano’, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 88/6, (September 2011), pp. 665-76

'Lacanian Textuality in Carlos Fuentes’s Aura and Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw', Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 83/4, (July 2006), pp. 385-400

'From L'Âge d'or to El día de la Bestia: Between the Ideal and the Unspeakable', Tesserae: Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 11/1, (April 2005), pp. 25-37

Book chapters

'Naturalism and Spirit in the Films of Carlos Reygadas: Towards a Mobile Consciousness', in The Films of Carlos Reygadas (ReFocus, Edinburgh U.P.) forthcoming

'On a Road to Nowhere: Parodic Movement as Time-Image in La Voie lactée and Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie', in Rob Stone and Julián Daniel Gutiérrez Albilla (eds), A Companion to Luis Buñuel, (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), pp.457 -478

'Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Twentieth-Century Mexican Literature: The Hermetic Quest’, in Jean Andrews and Alejandro Coroleu (eds), Mexico 1680: cultural and intellectual life in the “Barroco de Indias” (Bristol: HiPLAM, 2007), pp. 221-237

‘Carlos Fuentes’, in Bertens, Hans and Natoli, Joseph (eds), Postmodernism: The Key Figures (Malden, Massachussetts and Oxford: Blackwell, 2002), pp. 149-54

On-line Publications

  • 'Alfonso Reyes', The Literary Encyclopedia, Vol 4.1.3, Hispanic Writing and Culture of Central America and the Caribbean, https://www.litencyc.com/ (Sept. 2017)


  • Reprojecting the City: Urban Space and Dissident Sexualities in Recent Latin American Cinema, Benedict Hoff, Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies, 2/2 (2018), pp. 339-40
  • The Classical Mexican Cinema: Poetics of the Exceptional in Golden Age Films, Charles Ramírez Berg, Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies, 2/1 (2018), pp. 138-139
  • Estrategías y figuraciones de lo insólito en la narrative Mexicana (siglos XIX-XXI), Javier Ordiz (ed.), Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 94/5 (2017), pp. 912-13
  • Experimental Latin American Cinema: History and Aesthetics, Cynthia Tompkins, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 92/4 (2015), pp. 648-649
  • Benito Pérez Galdós en el cine mexicano: literature y cine, John H. Sinnigen, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 88/2 (2011), pp. 296-97
  • The Underdogs: Pictures and Scenes from the Present Revolution. A Translation of Mariano Azuela’s ‘Los de abajo’ with Related Texts, translated with an introduction by Gustavo Pellón, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 862 (2009), pp. 286-87
  • El laberinto de la soledad, Octavio Paz, edited with an introduction, critical analysis, notes and vocabulary by Anthony Stanton, Vida Hispánica, 39, (Spring 2009), pp. 27-8
  • A Companion to Luis Buñuel, Gwynne Edwards, MLR, 103/1 (2008), pp. 258-59
  • Literary Adaptations in Spanish Cinema, Sally Faulkner, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 10/2, (December 2004), pp. 238-40


  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship 2018-2019: Mexican Time and Identity: Bergson and Bergsonism in Literature and Film


Dr Penn’s main areas of research are Mexican and Latin American literature, particularly of the ‘Boom’ and post-‘Boom’ and the cinema of Luis Buñuel. He also works on Mexican cinema and has a general interest in the applications of continental philosophy and Critical Theory. He is currently working on a monograph project on the presence of Bergson's philosophy in Mexican literature and film.


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

  • Mexico
  • Literature
  • Cinema
  • Philosophy
  • The Esoteric
  • Critical Theory


I supervised the following students, who have now completed their PhD:

  • Emma Staniland (Gender and identity in Latin American women’s writing)
  • Yvonne Cornejo (Latin American dystopian science fiction cinema)
  • Marc Ripley (Space in the Cinema of Luis Buñuel)

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