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Dr Elvia Jeannette Uribe-Duncan

  • Overview



    I am a lecturer in Spanish, who has also taught Latin American Studies and Literature.

    After graduating in Modern Languages and Education in Colombia, I did two MAs, the first in Spanish American Literature at the Instituto Caro y Cuervo in Bogota, Colombia with a thesis on Manuel Puig’s novels (1987), and the other in Hispanic Studies at King’s College, London, with a thesis on the works of José Donoso (1988). Some years later, I continued my studies with a PhD from the University of Nottingham (2011), writing my thesis on the connection between history, journalism and narrative fiction in the work of the Colombian writer Silvia Galvis. My research also includes popular culture in Latin America, female Latin American writers, female political cartoonists in Latin America and female Colombian film directors.

    Currently lecturing at Birkbeck, I have also taught at the Javeriana, La Salle and National Universities in Colombia and at the London Business School, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London Metropolitan University and King’s College in London. I am co-author of Español Comunicativo, a series of Spanish language coursebooks for secondary schools in Colombia, and also of some in-house books for the Javeriana University, Bogota, for courses in Spanish as a foreign language and Latin American culture. My approach to language teaching is a communicative one, incorporating elements of culture and highlighting differences between European and Latin American Spanish where appropriate.


    • PhD in Latin American Literature, University of Nottingham, 2011
    • MA in Hispanic Studies, King's Colllege London, 1988
    • MA in Spanish American Literature, Instituto Caro y Cuervo. Seminario Andrés Bello. Bogotá, Colombia, 1987
  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Teaching modules

    • Spanish 2 (ARIB115S4)
  • Publications