Catherine Barbour

Dr Catherine Barbour

Lecturer in Spanish
BA (Belfast), MLitt, PhD (St Andrews)
Tuesdays 2-3pm, Thursdays 3-4pm 19LC03


University roles and responsibilities

  • Spanish Placement Tutor (Study Abroad, British Council Assistantships and placements in Latin America)
  • 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

Lecturer (Education) 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 Languages Association
Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland


Research interests

Research collaborations

Indicators of esteem

  • Executive committee of the MLA Galician Forum (2020-2024).

My teaching


Postgraduate research supervision

My publications


Barbour C. (). 'Staking a Claim: Dispute, Displacement and Galician Identity in Marta Rivera de la Cruz's Hotel Almirante (2002)', Bulletin of Spanish Studies (under review)
Barbour C. (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, 624-625.
Barbour C. (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, 347-348.
Alonso Alonso M. and Barbour C., (). 'Introduction: Galician Mobilities in Text and Screen', Journal of Romance Studies (under review)
Alonso Alonso M, Barbour C. and San Román, G. (eds.) (). Special Issue: Galician Mobilities in Text and Screen, Journal of Romance Studies (under review)
Barbour C. (2019). Contemporary Galician Women Writers (under contract with Legenda for publication in 2019)
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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 entirely 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.