Lucy O'Sullivan


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I would be happy to supervise students on topics relating to any aspect of nineteenth and twentieth century Mexican intellectual life and literary and visual culture and would particularly welcome comparative and interdisciplinary projects. I would also welcome applicants who are interested in exploring any of the below areas within a Spanish American context: Visual culture (including muralism, photography, painting, posters) The relationship between art and politics Image-text relations and/or intermediality Representations of the body in literature and/or visual art


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Personal profile


I did my BA in Spanish and Italian at Trinity College Dublin, before going on to complete an MA in Hispanic Studies at University College London and a DPhil in Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Oxford. Before taking up my post at Birmingham, I held teaching posts at the University of Warwick and the University of Oxford.

Research interests

My research interests lie primarily in Mexican visual and literary culture. My current research centres on centrality of images to the ongoing struggle between the secular post-revolutionary Mexican state and Catholic rebels during the Cristero War (1926-1929) and the segunda Cristiada of the 1930s. My first book Diego Rivera and Juan Rulfo: Post-revolutionary Body Politics (1922-1965) traced shifting intellectual and artistic interpretations of post-revolutionary nationhood in Mexico through a comparative reading of the bodily imagery presented in the works of Diego Rivera and Juan Rulfo. Drawing from canonical as well as previously overlooked essays, murals, illustrations, photographs, films and literary texts, this research shed light not only on the significance of body as a critical political signifier in the works of both artists, but also on how the concepts of nation and revolution were conceived, articulated and contested in primarily corporeal terms in the decades following the revolution (1910-1917). 


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