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Dr Valentina P Aparicio, BA (PUC Chile), MSc (Edinburgh), PhD (Edinburgh); Lecturer in Romanticism


Lecturer in Romanticism



I am originally from Santiago, Chile where I studied Hispanic Literature and Linguistics at PUC. I later moved to the UK to do an MSc in Enlightenment, Romantic and Victorian literature at Edinburgh University. After working in Valparaiso for a year, I returned to Edinburgh to do a PhD in English funded by the Chilean Ministry of Education. My doctoral research focused on British Romanticism, Latin America, and the Caribbean. I focused particularly on the works of Robert Southey about non-European communities of the American continent, and how their histories influenced the politics of this major figure of the period. During my PhD I also undertook archival research at the National Library of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro with the support of the British Association for Romantic Studies and the Royal Historical Society.


As a teacher I follow Paulo Freire’s view that education is a transformative process of liberation through dialogue. I believe this is true for all people in the classroom, including the teacher. My classroom aims to be a decolonised space, where we all educate each other in dialogue. This decolonisation does not only mean changes in what we read. It also means we should aim to make classroom expectations and marking processes transparent, to have a participative classroom, and to create a space where we can all feel safe and comfortable.


Research Interests:

  • British Romanticism and the Americas
  • 19th century (de)colonial studies
  • Transatlantic studies
  • Travel writing
  • Women’s writing
  • Critical race studies

Recent and On-Going Research

Currently, I am researching the writing of Scottish women travellers who visited Latin America and the Caribbean in the long 19th century. The authors I am researching include Fanny Calderon de la Barca, Mary Seacole, Mary Lester, Maria Graham, and Florence Dixie. I am interested in 19th century writing about the Americas from the perspective of world-systems studies, decolonial studies, gender studies, and critical race studies. I am also currently working towards the publication of my first monograph.