Dr Katie Brown

Lecturer in Latin American Studies


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Telephone: 01392 727034

I specialize in contemporary Latin American culture, with a particular focus on Venezuela. My main research interests are the circulation of people (travel, migration and exile) and of texts (publishing, cultural policy and translation), especially how the two relate to each other and to questions of identity.

My PhD, completed at King's College London in 2016, focused on the cultural policy of the 'Bolivarian' government in Venezuela and discussions about why and how to write in fiction from the period. This forms the basis of my first monograph, Writing and the Revolution: Venezuelan Metafiction (2004-2012), forthcoming with Liverpool University Press, as well as an article in the Bulletin of Latin American Research. I have also written and taught about contemporary crime fiction and Hispanic fiction in translation.

I am passionate about making Latin American literature accesible not only in the classroom but also to the wider public through translation. I co-edited Crude Words: Contemporary Writing from Venezuela (Ragpicker Press, 2016) and regularly share translations online, particularly through Latin American Literature Today: http://www.latinamericanliteraturetoday.org/en

I am very active in the Hispanic Studies community, acting as Treasurer for the Association of Hispanists and regularly attending conferences. Since 2014, I have co-organised the Migrating Texts series of workshops on subtitling, translation and adaptation: https://migratingtexts.wordpress.com/

I joined the University of Exeter in 2018. I teach Latin American cultural studies and translation, and co-direct the Exeter Centre for Latin American Studies.