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Dr Paul Merchant

Biography

I joined the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies in 2017, after completing a PhD at the University of Cambridge. My doctoral thesis, 'New Constructions of House and Home in Contemporary Argentine and Chilean Cinema (2005-2015)', explored the political potential of domestic space in recent filmmaking. I also completed Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Cambridge, writing my MPhil dissertation on the fragmentary imagery of the body in the works of Roberto Bolaño. 

My current research investigates the cultural significance of the sea in modern Chile. This is an intermedial project that draws on recent advances in the fields of environmental humanities, film studies and Latin American cultural studies. I am a co-editor (with Lucy Bollington) of the forthcoming volume The Limits of the Human in Latin American Culture, which analyses how discourses of humanism and posthumanism have operated in - and have been shaped by - a wide range of literary and visual culture in the region.