Robert Davidson, Ph. D
Associate Professor of Spanish & Catalan; Director, The Northrop Frye Centre
Office Phone: 416-813-4075
Office Location: Isabel Bader Theatre Room 318 
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Robert Davidson (2017) (Resized)

Ph. D (Cornell, 2002)

Bob Davidson teaches Modern Peninsular Literature and Culture and his current research interests include theories of space and cultural theories of food and hospitality. Professor Davidson is the author of Jazz Age Barcelona (U of Toronto Press, 2009; shortlisted for the Canada Prize in the Humanities) and The Hotel: Occupied Space (forthcoming 2018, UTP). He is the founder and co-editor of UTP’s Toronto Iberic book series and has published on different aspects of the Castilian and Catalan avant-gardes, cultural theory and film. Professor Davidson has served on the editorial boards of the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Diacritics, Catalan Review and Journal of Catalan Studies and  has held visiting positions at The Johns Hopkins University, Queen Mary - University of London (Institut Ramon Llull Visiting Faculty) and University College Cork. In 2012-13, he was a Faculty Research Fellow in residence at the Jackman Humanities Institute. Professor Davidson is also the Director of the Northrop Frye Centre.

Selected Publications

The Hotel: Occupied Space (forthcoming, U of Toronto Press, 2018)

Jazz Age Barcelona (U of Toronto Press, 2009)

"New Coordinates: Spatial Mappings, National Trajectories." Guest Editor (with Joan Ramon Resina) Special Double Issue of Diacritics. 33.3-4 (2003) [2006]. 203 pp.

"Barcelona: The Siege City" in The Catalan Cultural Studies Reader. Ed. Dominic Keown. Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2011. 97-116.

"Animate Objects: Being, Obsolescence and the Limits of Citizenship in Ramón Gómez de la Serna." MLN. 123 (2008): 274-93.

"Terroir and Catalonia." Journal of Catalan Studies. 10 (2007): 58-72.

"A Periphery with a View: Hotel Space & Catalan Modernity." Romance Quaterly. 53.3 (2006): 169-83.