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Professor William Rowe


Anniversary Professor of Poetics

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Department of Cultures and Languages
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
Tel: 020 7631 6143


Professor William Rowe is the author of ten books on Latin American literature and culture, including:

  • Juan Rulfo: El llano en llamas (London, Grant & Cutler Critical Guides, 1987)
  • Memory and Modernity: Popular Culture in Latin America [with Vivian Schelling] (London, Verso, 1991); Ensayos arguedianos (Lima, Sur and Universidad de San Marcos, 1996)
  • Hacia una poética radical: ensayos de hermenéutica cultural (Rosario and Lima, Beatriz Viterbo and Mosca Azul, 1996)
  • Siete ensayos sobre poesia latinoamericana (Mexico, El Poeta y Su trabajo, 2003)
  • Ensayos vallejianos (Lima, Latinoamericana Editores, 2006).
  • Cesar Vallejo: El acto y la palabra (Lima: Fondo Editorial del Congreso del Peru, 2010).
  • Huellas del mito prehispánico en la literatura latinoamericana (Madrid: Vervuert, 2010), edited with Magdalena Chocano and Helena Usandizaga.

William's book on Spanish American poetry since 1950 was published in 2000 by Oxford University Press.

William is a founding editor of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia and remains on its advisory board.

He has taught at the Universities of Lambayeque (Peru), Liverpool, Kings College London, where he was given a personal Chair in Latin American Cultural Studies, San Marcos (Peru), Universidad Católica (Peru), Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico) and Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and holds an Honorary Doctorate at the Catholic University of Peru.

He has carried out ethnographic research on Peruvian song and Shamanic discourse, and has held a British Academy Research Readership. He is a specialist in 20c poetry and poetics in Latin America, the USA and Britain, and has published widely, read and broadcast translations of Latin American poetry.

Professor William Rowe