Alexis Grohmann

Professor of Contemporary Spanish Literature

  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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Room 3.19
50 George Square

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  • Office hours (during term time):

    Mondays, 10.00
    Tuesdays, 11.00


Alexis Grohmann was born in Thessaloniki (Greece), where he was educated at the Deutsche Schule. He gained a BA Hons. in Film & Media Studies and Spanish from the University of Stirling, a MA in Critical and Cultural Theory from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff, and a PhD in Hispanic Studies from the University of Edinburgh with the help of a Faculty of Arts Studentship, having begun his PhD studies at the University of Cambridge, where he held a Gibson Spanish Scholarship. He has been a lecturer in Spanish (and Head of Department) at the University of St Andrews and a lecturer in Modern Peninsular Literature and Culture at Stirling. He has also worked as a Research Assistant at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of over 50 publications in the field of contemporary Spanish literature, including various books on Javier Marías, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, digression in literature or the Spanish newspaper column. He has been visiting professor and been invited to speak at, and collaborate with, a number of universities internationally (in Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy or Latin America) and in the UK and Ireland (where he has acted or is acting as external examiner at over a 20 institutions). He has given keynote addresses and speeches at the invitation of the Austrian Ministry of Culture, the Spanish Ministry of Education, the Hay Festival, the Cervantes Institute or the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo and the Fundación Santillana. Many of his activities have been reported in the mainstream press and media in Spain, the UK and beyond, and he has been interviewed by or has collaborated with newspapers and media such as the New York Times Magazine, Euronews, EL PAÍS, Cadena Ser or ABC, The Guardian, THES, the BBC, or ZDF and ÖRF. He has done consultancy work for the BBC (Hard Talk Extra) and the German publisher S. Fischer, amongst others, and produced commissioned work for other major publishers, including Penguin, Vintage/Knopf and Círculo de Lectores /Galaxia Gutenberg and Ínsula. Revista de Letras y Ciencias Humanas. He is a peer assessor for numerous academic journals and has acted as a specialist assessor for the National University of Ireland, The Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences or the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Belgium). He is a member of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, National Qualifications Support Team for Modern Languages. Many of his projects have been funded by external bodies, including the AHRC, the British Academy and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. Since 2008 he has been given an entry in Who’s Who in the World (Marquis, US). His most recent publications include Between Eternities, a commissioned edition of essays by Javier Marías for Penguin Books, and Las reglas del juego de Arturo Pérez-Reverte, a book-length study of the novels of Spanish novelist Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

He is an académico correspondiente extranjero of the Real Academia Española.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Spanish language, all levels
  • 19th-century Spanish literature
  • 20th-century and 21st-century Spanish (and Latin American) literature 

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


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