I joined the University of Surrey as Lecturer in Spanish in 2018, having previously held posts at Queen's University Belfast and the University of St Andrews, where I completed my PhD in 2016. In 2018, I was OWRI Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, on the AHRC Open World Research Initiative Translingual Strand 'Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community'. I was previously Visiting Lecturer at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. In 2019 I was awarded the University of Surrey Vice Chancellor's Award for Early Career Teacher of the Year.
My research interests lie primarily in contemporary Spanish and Galician literary and cultural studies, with a focus on translingual migration literature and writing by women. I also have keen interests in multilingualism in education and Comparative Literature.
My monograph Contemporary Galician Women Writers (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020) is the first analysis of contemporary novels published in Galician and Spanish by women writers with conflicting political and linguistic ideologies. I recently co-edited a special issue on Galician migration for the Journal of Romance Studies entitled 'Galician Mobilities: Revisiting Migration and Morriña', which will be published in December 2020. My latest research centres on translingual novels by immigrant writers publishing in Catalan, Galician and Spanish. This interest in literary translingualism informs empirical work with Karina Lickorish-Quinn (University of Leeds) on translingual creative writing in primary education.
I am an elected member of the executive committee of the MLA Galician Forum.
University roles and responsibilities
- Spanish Placement Tutor
- PTY Visiting Tutor
Affiliations and memberships
- Contemporary Spanish and Galician literary and cultural studies
- Gender studies
- Migration literature
- Translingual writing
- Translanguaging pedagogy
- Comparative Literature
Indicators of esteem
Postgraduate research supervision
I welcome inquiries from prospective students of Peninsular Spanish and Galician literary and cultural studies and Comparative Literature. Particular interests include writing by women and migration literature.
Awarded University of Surrey Vice Chancellor's Award for Early Career Teacher of the Year 2019
- SPA2023 Spain Since 1975: Politics, the Economy and Society
- SPA2027 Spanish Language III for Research Purposes
- SPA3017 Spanish Dissertation
- SPA3020 Translation English-Spanish III
- TRA3028 Translation Spanish-English III
a language other than English at home, there is little space in the
National Curriculum for the expression of this linguistic heritage. In
this article, we make the case for facilitating multilingualism in the
primary classroom through translingual creative writing, which
involves mixing two or more languages. We draw on empirical
research with a class of lower Key Stage 2 children of diverse
linguistic backgrounds and abilities at a school in south London.
The pupils were set the task of writing a poem that combined
English with other languages so that we could observe how they
engaged with the process of translanguaging. We suggest that
translingual writing exercises in the classroom provide a range of
benefits, including the creation of a space for the valorisation of
children?s cultural capital; the facilitation of valuable peer-teaching
and collaboration; freedom to explore playfulness with language;
and a chance to experiment with and reflect on creative writing
Barbour Catherine (forthcoming January 2022), 'Translingual Empowerment: Migrant Women Writing in Catalan and Spanish', parallax, 28 (1)
Alonso Alonso María, Barbour Catherine (forthcoming December 2020) ‘Introduction: Galicia on the Move’, Journal of Romance Studies, 20 (3)
Alonso Alonso María, Barbour Catherine, San Román Gustavo (forthcoming December 2020) Special Issue ‘Galician Mobilities: Revisiting Migration and morriña’, Journal of Romance Studies, 20 (3)
Barbour Catherine (2015) Review: Canon y subversión. La obra narrativa de Rosalía de Castro. Edición de Helena González Fernández y María do Cebreiro Rábade Villar. Barcelona: Centre Dona i Literatura/Icaria Editorial, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 92 (4) pp. 624-625 https://doi.org/10.1080/14753820.2015.1019725
Barbour Catherine (2013) Review: Contemporary Galician Cultural Studies: Between the Local and the Global. Eds. Kirsty Hooper and Manuel Puga Moruxa. New York: Modern Language Association (World Literatures Reimagined, 3), Forum for Modern Language Studies, 49 pp. 347-348
Barbour Catherine (submitted) ‘Artivism in Galician Writing by Women: Teresa Moure’s A intervención (2010)’ (submitted to edited volume Interpreting Communities: Minor, Minority and Small Literatures in Europe ed. by Margaret Littler and Godela Weiss-Sussex)