Dr David Miranda-Barreiro

Dr David Miranda-Barreiro
Lecturer in Hispanic Studies
(0044)01248388577 (8577 internal)
Room 445, New Arts Building

I am a Lecturer in and Head of Hispanic Studies.  My main research focuses on literary and filmic accounts of Spanish and Galician travel, migration and exile in the US (especially in New York City). I am also working on graphic biographies of Galician intellectuals. In 2014, I published the monograph Spanish New York Narratives 1898–1936: Modernisation, Otherness and Nation with Legenda. I also co-translated an anthology by Welsh poet Ifor ap Glyn into Galician, published in the Galician poetry magazine Dorna (2014). I am co-editor of Galicia 21: Journal of Contemporary Galician Studies.

I graduated with a BA in Filología Hispánica (Hispanic Studies) from the University of A Coruña and arrived in Bangor in 2005, where I completed a MA in European Studies and a PhD in Hispanic Studies.  My PhD thesis, which analysed the presence of New York in early twentieth-century Spanish narrative, was awarded the first Publication Prize for the most distinguished thesis in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies given by the AHGBI (Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland) in 2012.


I teach a wide range of modules on Hispanic Culture (both literature and cinema) and Spanish Language:

  • LZS 1001 Spanish for Advanced Students
  • LZS 1003 Spanish for Beginners/Intermediate 1
  • LZS 1004 Spanish for Beginners/Intermediate 2
  • LZS 3020-30-40 Final Year Spanish Language
  • LXS-2033 Contemporary Spanish Cinema (Year 2)
  • LXS-3034 Spain through its Writers (Year 4)
  • LXE-3200 Press Dossier (Year 4)
  • LZS-3120 Spanish Single Hons Dissertation
  • LZS-3110 Spanish Joint Hons Dissertation


I teach on the MA in European Languages and Cultures, and offer the specialist module on Spanish culture LXM-4036: Monsters of Spain.

I am also currently teaching LXM-4024: Working on a Translation Portfolio as part of the MA in Translation Studies.

I will be interested in supervising doctoral students working on Spanish and Galician Studies, especially on topics such as: national/transnational identities, travel writing and narratives of mobility, popular culture and comic books.

I am second supervisor for the following PhD thesis:

  • Lorena López: Galician women-authored narrative and the canon (Galician Studies)
  • Belén Iglesias-Arbor: Translating the Spanish bestseller (Hispanic Studies)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head of Hispanic Studies.
  • Director of Teaching and Learning.

Teaching Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2016.
  • Qualified Teacher Status, General Council of Wales, 2010.
  • Curso de Aptitud Pedagógica (Spanish PGCE-equivalent), University of A Coruña (Spain), 2003.

My main research interests revolve around issues of mobility (travel writing, migration, exile) and how they are represented in both literature and cinema. I have worked mostly on the relations between Spain and the US (with a specific focus on New York City). After publishing a monograph on literary representations of New York in early twentieth century Spanish narrative, my current research project focuses on the connections between Galicia and New York.

I am also studying comic books and graphic novels, especially graphic biographies of Galician intellectuals (Alfonso Daniel Rodríguez Castelao, Alexandre Bóveda, Vicente Risco, Uxío Novoneyra and Lois Pereiro amongst others).

I write regularly about my research on Twitter (@DavidMirandeiro) and on my research blog: https://davidmirandabarreiro.wordpress.com/

Awards and Grants

  • AHGBI-Spanish Embassy Postgraduate Prize Publication prize to the most distinguished doctoral thesis in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies (2012).
  • Santander Mobility Grant (2009-2010).

Conference Organisation

  • Comics and Nation (Co-organiser with Dr Armelle Blin-Rolland and Dr Guillem Colom-Montero), Bangor University (2017).
  • Travel Writing and Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Iberian Literature (Co-organiser with Dr Martín Veiga and Dr Sergi Mainer), University College Cork (2013).
  • X Congreso Asociación Internacional de Estudos Galegos (Member of the Organising Committee), Cardiff University (2012).

Academic Affiliations

  • Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Asociación Internacional de Estudos Galegos.
  • Asociación de Estudios sobre Discurso y Sociedad, EDiSo.
  • Asociación de Jóvenes Investigadores de la Literatura Hispánica (2010-2011).
  • Guest member at the Pan-European Seminars ‘Urbes Europeae’ organized by Christian-Albrechts University (Kiel) in 2007, and Université de Paris 8 in 2008.


‘A well-organized and clearly argued study that situates Spain’s view on modernity within the European context. It will be of interest to scholars on early twentieth-century Spain, Modernism, transnationalism and popular narratives.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 51.4, October 2015, 502-03.

‘What could have been a niche study derives its strength and originality from offering new insights into debates on Spanish modernity. This is illustrated well by the primary materials chosen, since they do not necessarily have great literary merit in their own right but serve as the testament to a certain Zeitgeist. Students of Lorca’s Poeta en Nueva York would, for example, benefit from the context on race and multiculturalism provided by the book.’ — Daniela Omlor, Modern Language Review 112.3, July 2017, 728-29 (full text online).

‘El estudio de Miranda-Barreiro, que explora la imagen de Nueva York como símbolo de la modernidad, es de gran actualidad... hay que felicitar a Miranda-Barreiro por incluir géneros poco estudiados hasta ahora en la prosa de los años veinte, así como por el carácter comparatista que adopta. Aunque su aportación más importante es, en mi opinión, su capítulo sobre la raza, la nación y la modernidad, el libro es también de gran interés para el especialista que quiera profundizar en el tratamiento de Nueva York en la narrativa de esta época.’ — María Soledad Fernández Utrera, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 94, 2017, 902-04

Edited Volumes

  • (In preparation) with Martín Veiga and Sergi Mainer, Here and Beyond: Narratives of Travel and Mobility in Contemporary Iberian Culture (Lit Verlag).
  • ‘Galician Identity in Motion: Approaches to Displacement in the 20th Century’, Special Issue of Galicia 21: Journal of Contemporary Galician Studies (2017). LINK: http://www.galicia21journal.org/G/index.php

Book Chapters

  • (Forthcoming 2018) ‘Black Problems for White Travellers: The Representation of African Americans in Early Francoist New York Travel Narratives’, in Black USA and Spain: Shared Memories in the 20th-century, ed. by Rosalía Cornejo-Parriego (Routledge).
  • ‘“Cando chegamos ô Unai Estei” (When We Arrived in the USA): Literary Representations of Galician Migration to New York in the First Half of the 20th Century’, in Galician Migrations: A Case Study of Emerging Super-Diversity, ed. by Renée DePalma, and Antía Pérez-Caramés (Cham: Springer, 2017), pp. 27-38. LINK: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-66305-0_3
  • ‘Nueva York como reflejo de dos visiones contrapuestas de la modernidad en la España de comienzos del siglo XX: imágenes de futuridad y primitivismo en la novela Anticípolis de Luis de Oteyza’, in Del verbo al espejo. Reflejos y miradas de la literatura hispánica, ed. by Pilar Caballero-Alías, Félix Ernesto Chávez and Blanca Ripoll Sintes (Barcelona: PPU. Promociones y Publicaciones Universitarias S.A., 2011), pp. 151-159.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals


  • (with Philip R. Davies) Ifor Ap Glyn, Terfysg, in Dorna: expresión poética galega, 37 (2014).

Book Reviews

  • On the Graphic Novel , by Santiago García, trans. by Bruce Campbell (review), European Comic Art 10, 2 (2017): 103-106.
  • Contemporary Galician Cultural Studies. Between the Local and the Global,  ed. by Kirsty Hooper and Manuel Puga Moruxa (review), Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.,Tomo XLVIII, 1 (2014): 234-236.
  • Contemporary Galician Culture in a Global Context. Movable Identities by Eugenia R. Romero (review), Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Tomo XLVIII, 3 (2014): 669-671.
  • Da beleza by Zadie Smith (review), Grial 179 (2008): 107-108.
  • Ratas en Manhattan by Francisco Álvarez Koki (review), Madrygal 11 (2008): 208-209.
  • New York, New York by Inma Lopez Silva, in Grial 174 (2007): 97-98.

Editorial Roles

  • Co-editor of Galicia 21: Journal of Contemporary Galician Studies.

Public Engagement and Outreach

Invited Talks

Selected Conference Papers

  • ‘Authors, Characters and Comic Books: Galician Intellectuals in the Panel’, Comics and Nation, Bangor University, 2017.
  • ‘“Cando chegamos ô Unai Estei“ (Cuando llegamos a los Estados Unidos): representaciones literarias de la emigración gallega a Nueva York en la primera mitad del Siglo XX’, III Simposio Internacional EDISO, Universidad Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), 2017.
  • ‘Little Spain or Little Galicia?: Cinematic Representations of Galician Emigration to the USA, Identities In Transition: Cultural Representations of the Galician Diaspora, University of St Andrews, 2017.
  • ‘New York en Galicia: resultados dunha investigación de campo’, AHGBI Conference, Cardiff University, 2017.
  • ‘Everything Stays the Same: Julio Camba Travelling Spain’, ‘Minority’ Cultures and Travel, Aberystwyth, 2015.
  • ‘Glocal Spaces, Translocated Cultures: Bringing Galicia to New York’, AHGBI Conference, University of Exeter, 2015.
  • ‘Translocated Spaces and Mobile Identities in Cara a Times Square  by Camilo Gonsar’, Travel Writing and Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Iberian Literature, University College Cork, 2013.
  • ‘Daniel Rodríguez Castelao: From Author to Comic Book Character’, International Comics and Bande Dessinée Joint Conference, Glasgow University, 2013.
  • ‘Spain, Gender and New Yorkers in Anticípolis (1931) by Luis de Oteyza’, WISPS Conference: Revisiting Gender and Nation in Hispanic and Lusophone studies: New Debates and Directions, Bangor University, 2012.
  • ‘“A muller loba”: licantropía e emigración galega en Nova York’, X Congreso Asociación Internacional de Estudos Galegos, Cardiff University, 2012.
  • Ratas en Manhattan: entre la disolución y la afirmación de la identidad gallega en la diáspora neoyorquina’, AHGBI Conference, University of Stirling, 2012.
  • ‘Racialism versus Multiculturalism: the Challenge to Ethnic Nationalism in José Moreno Villa’s Pruebas de Nueva York (1927) and Julio Camba’s La ciudad automática (1932)’, XV Forum for Iberian Studies: National Identities at the Intersection: Literature and Visual Media, Oxford University, 2012.
  • ‘Challenging the Foundations of Spanish National Identity: Spaniards Become New Yorkers in Anticípolis (1931) by Luis de Oteyza’, Within and Without: Representing Diasporas in Europe, Cardiff University, 2011.
  • ‘Nueva York como reflejo de dos visiones contrapuestas de la modernidad en la España de comienzos del siglo XX: imágenes de futuridad y primitivismo en la novela Anticípolis de Luis de Oteyza’, Reflejos y miradas de la literatura hispánica, ALEPH (Asociación de Jóvenes Investigadores de la Literatura Hispánica), University of Manchester, 2010.
  • ‘Camilo Gonsar’s Cara a Times Square: Losing the Local Identity in the Globalized Metropolis’, Programme Intensif Urbes Europeae. Crise et reconceptualisation de la ville européene. Avant-garde et post-avangarde, Université de Paris 8, 2008.
  • ‘Nova York na literatura galega: un caso inesperado’, Coming Out of the Nation: Beyond the National in Contemporary Galician Cultural Production, Organised by Centre of Galician Studies in Wales (Bangor University) and University of Liverpool , 2008.
  • ‘Spanish writers in/on New York: Changing Approaches to Cultures in Contact’, IN/DIFFERENCE: Current and Historical Perspectives on Cultures in Contact, a Conference of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Modern Languages, University of Limerick, 2007.