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Rebecca Jarman

About my research

Rebecca specialises in contemporary Venezuelan culture, with a particular interest in the informal city and urban literature and cinema. Her research focuses on representations of the barrios in Caracas, and considers questions of popular identities and political agencies that have emerged alongside and against the oil state in the latter half of the twentieth century and during the so-called Bolivarian Revolution. In addition, Rebecca is interested in the aesthetics of alienation and the fetishization of poverty in cultural products designed for mass consumption in Venezuela.

Conference Papers and Publications


‘Entre la injuria, la calumnia y la discordancia: The Spectacle of Alienation in José Roberto Duque’s Salsa y control (1996)’
Latin American Research Day, University of Cambridge


‘La cultura masiva y la alienación en Salsa y control (1996) de José Roberto Duque’
Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Rómulo Gallegos, Caracas

‘Ysrifennu yn y barrio: llenyddiaeth a ddywilliant cyfoes yn Caracas’
Cynhadledd Ieithoedd Modern cyfrwng Cymraeg 2013 [2013 Modern Language Conference through the Medium of Welsh], Gregynnog Hall, University of Wales


‘Esto no es Canadá: Transnationalism and Transexuality in Cheila una casa pa' Maíta (2011)’
Space Symposium, Birkbeck, University of London

‘Del este al oeste: La producción topográfica y la diferencia socio-cultural en Caracas’
Grupo de Estudios Interdisciplinario sobre Venezuela (GEIVEN), ‘Pensar la cultura en la Venezuela contemporánea’, L’Institut des Amériques, Paris

‘Urban Identities and the Matter of History in Ana Teresa Torres’ El exilio del tiempo (1992) and Nocturama (2006)’
PILAS Conference, University of Oxford



(Under Review) Justicia, igualdad, libertad? The Utopianism of Bolivarian Socialism in Ana Teresa Torres’ Nocturama (2006)
Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies

(Forthcoming) Book Review: Torre David
Cuadernos de Literatura


Rebecca has supervised undergraduates on a range of topics including introductions to Medieval and Golden Age Spanish literature, and contemporary Spanish and Ibero-American cultures. Authors she has taught include Jorge Manrique, Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, José Rodó, Miguel de Unamuno, Rosario Castellanos, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes and Isabel Allende. In 2015, she will lecture on texts by Luisa Valenzuela and Marta Traba. She also has experience in teaching Latin American cinema. In the department of Modern Languages, Rebecca has taught classes and supervisions on translation from Spanish to ab initio and advanced students. Rebecca has also lead a seminar for MPhil students on undertaking fieldwork in Latin America.

Other interests

Rebecca is co-founder of the UK-based Venezuela Research Network and co-organiser of the forthcoming conference, The Aesthetics of Politics and the Politics of Aesthetics in Contemporary Venezuela. She is editor of Palabras Errantes’ online translation project, Voices from the Venezuelan City, and has translated literary texts as well as a series of articles for the Latin American Bureau. She contributes to Ventana Latina and Pulsamerica, and also her own website.