Lourdes López Ropero

Lourdes López-Ropero is Senior Lecturer at the English Department of the University of Alicante, where she teaches Contemporary Literature in English. Before joining this university to occupy a tenure-track position in 2001, she obtained her Masters Degree in English from the University of Kansas, and a PhD from the University of Santiago de Compostela. At the latter university she was granted a doctoral fellowship which led to the writing of a dissertation on Anglo-Caribbean diasporic writing. Her primary research focus has been in the field of Postcolonial Studies, with an emphasis on Caribbean and Black-British literature, her articles appearing in journals such as Commonwealth and Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Other research interests include memory studies, geocriticism, and young adult literature. Her most recent line of research is the exploration of the interface between memory, space/heritage and narrative.


Selected Journal Articles

2020 — “Remembering Jonestown through the Camp and the Postcolony: A Multidirectional Reading of Fred D’Aguiar’s Children’s of Paradise.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 56.3: 310-323. . https://doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2020.1720116

2020 — “Of Risk and Youth: Exploring Discourses of Adolescence through Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Now.” Children’s Literature in Education 51: 192-206. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10583-018-9365-7

2016 — «Empathizing with the Rights of Others: Reading Jamaica Kincaids My Brother and Danticats Brother I`m Dying as Humanitarian Narratives.» Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies 42.2: 85-104. DOI: 10.6240/concentric.lit.2016.42.2.06

2016 — “Searching for a Different Kind of Freedom: Postcoloniality and Postfeminist Subjecthood in Zadie Smith`s NW”. Atlantis 38.2: 123-139.

2012 — “You are a Flaw in the Pattern’: Difference, Autonomy and Bullying in Young Adult Fiction”, Children’s Literature in Education: An International Quarterly 43.2: 145-167. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10583-011-9145-0

2010 — “Homage and Revision: Zadie Smith’s use of Forster in On Beauty.” Commonwealth: Essays and Studies 32.2: 7-17. https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=825746996017740;res=IELLCC>

2011 — “Multiculturalism in a Selection of English and Spanish Fiction and Artworks”, with Alejandra Moreno Alvarez, Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture 17.1: 93-104. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504630.2011.531907

2008 — “Trust them to Figure it Out: Toni Morrison’s Books for Children.” Altantis 30.2: 43-57. ISSN 0210-6124

2004 — “Ethnographic Engagement and Autobiographical Practice in Austin Clarke’s Culinary Memoir Pigtails’n Breadfruit”. World Literature Written in English 40.2 (2004): 77-81. https://doi.org/10.1080/17449850408589392

Selected Book Chapters

2011 — “Travel Writing and Postcoloniality: Caryl Phillips’s The Atlantic Sound”. Postcolonial Travel Writing: Critical Explorations. Eds. Justin Edwards and Rune Graulund. London: Palgrave MacMillan.. 72-84. ISBN 978-9-230-24119

2008 — “Colonial Flâneurs: London in the Lifewriting of Janet Frame and Doris Lessing”, Inside Out: Women Appropriating, Subverting, Negotiating Public and Private Space, Eds. Arancha Usandizaga and Teresa Gómez Reus. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi. 189-202. ISBN 978-90-420-2441-0.

2006 — “One People, One Nation?: Creolisation and Its Tensions in a Selection of Works of Trinidadian and Guyanese Fiction.” AfroAsian Crosscultural Encounters. Eds. Heike Raphaele-Hernandez and Shannon Oteen. New York: New York University Press. 68-85. ISBN 0814775810.

2005 — “Roots and Routes: Diaspora, Travel Writing and Caryl Phillips’ Sounding of the Atlantic”. Migrant Cartographies. Cultural Travelers and New Literatures. Eds. Daniella Merolla and Sandra Ponzanesi. Lanhan, Maryland, EEUU: Lexington Books. 165-175. ISBN 0739107550.

2002 — “Irony’s Political Edge: Genre Pastiche in Caryl Philips’ Cambridge». Beyond Borders. Eds. Ramón Plo Alastrué & M Jesús Martínez Alfaro. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter. 131-137. ISBN 3- 8253-1289-5.


2004 — The Anglo-Caribbean Migration Novel: Writing from the Diaspora. Alicante: Publicaciones Universidad, 2004. ISBN 84-7908-787-0.

“Spaces in Transit: Literary and Cultural Responses to Mnemonic Landscapes”  Co-convenors L. López-Ropero, M. Sokolowska-Paryz.  ESSE Lyon, July-September 2021 (to be held on site or online). http://www.esse2020lyon.fr/fr/pages/esse-2021-home