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Prof. Robert Davidson, PhD

Professor; Director, The Northrop Frye Centre
Office Phone: 416-813-4075
Office Location: Isabel Bader Theatre Room 318
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: e-mail for an appointment

PhD (Cornell, 2002)

Bob Davidson teaches modern Iberian studies in the Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese as well as in the Frye and Jewison streams of Vic One. 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 (U of Toronto Press, 2018). 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 currently serves as director of the Northrop Frye Centre at Vic and as chair of the Manuscript Review Committee of UTP.

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.