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Dr Nicholas Roberts

Associate Professor / Academic Admissions Coordinator

Associate Professor / Academic Admissions Coordinator in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures


My research interests lie in modern Latin American fiction and poetry, in particular the poetry and essays of the Venezuelan author Eugenio Montejo and the fiction of Julio Cortázar. I am also interested in heteronymic writing both in the Americas and Europe.

I have published two books. My first book, Poetry and Loss: The Work of Eugenio Montejo, was on the work of the Venezuelan poet and essayist Eugenio Montejo. My study highlights Montejo's search for an authentic poetic locus which is subject neither to the effects of time nor to the alienation from nature of the late twentieth century. In particular, I examine how Montejo's work serves to construct a poetic symbology which might ground such a locus.

My second book, entitled Cortázar and Music, was published at the end of 2019. In this study, I detail the often shifting terms in which the Argentine author Julio Cortázar addresses different musical genres in his fiction and wider writings, examining how classical music, tango, and jazz work alongside and contribute to Cortázar's broader ontological and linguistic concerns. 

Beyond these projects I am also working on the phenomenon of heteronymic writing, most notably through the work of Eugenio Montejo, but also considering cases such as those of Antonio Machado, Álvaro Mutis, and Fernando Pessoa. My aim is to analyse the theoretical, historical, and cultural underpinnings and ramifications of this literary genre as found in the literary production of Montejo in particular. In this project I am working collaboratively with colleagues at the Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá.

I am happy to supervise PhDs on a wide range of Latin American literature, both poetry and fiction.

Research interests

  • Modern Latin American fiction and poetry
  • Eugenio Montejo
  • The literary engagement with music in Latin America
  • Julio Cortázar
  • Heteronymic writing in Latin America and beyond


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