Catherine Barbour

Dr Catherine Barbour

Lecturer in Spanish
BA (Belfast), MLitt, PhD (St Andrews)
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Virtual, by appointment


University roles and responsibilities

  • Spanish Placement Tutor
  • PTY Visiting Tutor

My qualifications

PhD in Hispanic Studies
University of St Andrews
MLitt Spanish and Latin American Studies
University of St Andrews
BA (Joint Hons) French and Spanish Studies
Queen's University Belfast

Previous roles

OWRI Visiting Research Fellow
Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Lecturer in Spanish (Peninsular Studies)
Queen's University Belfast
Teaching Fellow in Spanish
University of St Andrews
Visiting Lecturer in Galician Literature
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Affiliations and memberships

Modern Language Association
Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland
Contemporary Women's Writing Association (2020)


Research interests

Research projects

Indicators of esteem


Postgraduate research supervision

My publications


Barbour Catherine (2019) Staking a Claim: Dispute, Displacement and Galician Identity in Marta Rivera de la Cruz?s Hotel Almirante (2002),Bulletin of Spanish Studies pp. 1-22 Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
This article interrogates the depiction of Galician identity in the Spanish-language novel Hotel Almirante (2002), by Marta Rivera de la Cruz, the Lugo-born writer, journalist and Ciudadanos politician whose role as a producer of Galician culture is widely contested owing not only to her linguistic practice, but also her dismissal of Galician nationalism and language policy. As might be expected, Rivera?s novel often tends towards a conservative, Spanish regionalist interpretation of her native culture that corresponds to her controversial public profile. Yet in spite of this, the writer stakes her claim to a Galician identity that challenges stereotypes in its treatment of issues of displacement, social mobility and female empowerment. It is argued that precisely because of her contentious politics, Rivera?s fiction must be confronted for the way in which it engages with, undermines and reconfigures contemporary understandings of Galician identity.
Barbour Catherine, Lickorish Quinn Karina (2020) Los pájaros are feliz and are dreaming about gwiazdy: facilitating translingual creative writing in the primary classroom,English in Education 54 (1) pp. 6-26 Taylor & Francis
Although one in five state-educated children in England speaks
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 (2020) Contemporary Galician Women Writers,39 Modern Humanities Research Association
Galician literature has historically played an integral role in the consolidation of Galician identity. Yet female novelists writing in Galician have only managed to achieve visibility in the Galician cultural sphere as recently as the turn of the twenty-first century; their contemporaries who opt to write in Spanish, moreover, are generally overlooked. This foundational study of contemporary narrative by Galician women in both languages examines the work of writers with disparate and often conflicting political and linguistic ideologies: Teresa Moure (b. 1969), Luisa Castro (b. 1966) and Marta Rivera de la Cruz (b. 1970). Catherine Barbour argues that the diverse manifestations of Galician identity in their novels, which defy institutional parameters in terms of language, politics and gender, suggest the need for a more porous understanding of Galician literature and identity that reflects the plurality of the Galician experience.

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