Raquel Ribeiro

Senior Lecturer in Portuguese

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

Contact details



Room 3.23
50 George Square

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  • My office hours are:
    Monday 12noon-1pm
    Tuesday 12noon-1pm


Dr Raquel Ribeiro studied a BA in Journalism and Communication Sciences at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in Portugal, followed by a PhD in Hispanic Studies at the University of Liverpool. Her doctoral thesis examined the idea of Europe in works of the Portuguese writer Maria Gabriela Llansol. She was the first recipient in the Humanities of the Nottingham Advanced Research Fellowship (2010-2012), at the University of Nottingham, where she developed the postdoctoral project: ‘War Wounds: Cultural representations of the Cuban presence in the Angolan civil war’. She is a member of the Cuba Research Forum, at the University of Nottingham. She taught Brazilian Literature at the University of Oxford before joining the department of Hispanic Studies at Edinburgh in 2014. Raquel has also been a permanent arts freelance correspondent and literary critic for the Portuguese newspaper Público since 2001. As a creative writer, she has published two novels and several short-stories. 

Responsibilities & affiliations

Year Abroad Coordinator Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate teaching

  • Portuguese Literature 1 (Year 1)
  • Culture and Society of the Portuguese Speaking World (Year 2)
  • Postcolonial African Literature in Portuguese (Year 4)
  • Dictatorship, Resistance and Revolution in 20th c. Portuguese Literature (Year 4)
  • Brazilian Culture (Year 4)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Dr Ribeiro welcomes MA and PhD proposals in any area of Portuguese 19 and 20th century literature and culture, Lusophone cultures (in particular Angola), and contemporary Brazilian literature. She also welcomes research students working on any aspect of Cuban culture post-1959 revolution.

Research summary

Raquel’s main areas of research are in Lusophone literatures and cultures, focusing especially on post-conflict reconstruction, memory and reconciliation in Angolan literature. She is currently preparing a monograph on Cuban literature and film of the Angolan civil war. She is also interested in Trans-Atlantic intellectual and cultural exchanges between Lusophone countries and Latin America, and Comparative Literature.

Past research interests

Raquel has worked and published on Comparative Literature, in particular, during her PhD research on the idea of Europe in the works of the Portuguese author, Maria Gabriela Llansol, whom she read alongside Franz Kafka, Robert Musil, Jose Saramago and Virginia Woolf.

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