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
  • BA, MA (Nottingham), PhD (Birmingham)



  • 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

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

'The gaze and the Virgin: Marian dimensions of Luis Buñuel's Viridiana', Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies (forthcoming)

'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

'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

Reviews and other 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)
  • 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


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 projects on Luis Buñuel and 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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