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Dr William Rowlandson

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies


Office: Cornwallis North West 216

Office Hours: Monday 12.00-14.00


William Rowlandson is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent. He has published on various areas of Latin American studies, including the history of Guantánamo Bay and Gitmo detention centre, rendition, torture, Cuba during the War on Terror. He has also published studies of Borges, Lezama Lima, Cabrera Infante and Rulfo. William teaches aspects of Latin American cultural history, the prose and poetry of Borges, Cuban literature and film of the revolutionary era.

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Rowlandson, W. (2015). Imaginal Landscapes: Reflections on the Mystical Visions of Jorge Luis Borges and Emanuel Swedenborg. London: The Swedenborg Society.
Rowlandson, W. (2013). Borges, Swedenborg and Mysticism. Oxford: Peter Lang.
Rowlandson, W. (2007). Reading Lezama's Paradiso. [Online]. Oxford: Peter Lang. Available at:
Edited book
Voss, A. (2013). Daimonic Imagination: Uncanny Intelligence. Rowlandson, W. and Voss, A. eds. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Rowlandson, W. ed. (2010). Biografía de un Cimarrón. [Online]. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Available at:
Kaufmann, P. and Rowlandson, W. (2006). 'The Sister' by Paola Kaufmann (Translation). Rowlandson, W. ed. Richmond, Surrey: Alma Books Ltd.
Cervantes, M. and Rowlandson, W. (2004). 'The Dialogue of the Dogs' by Miguel de Cervantes (Translation). Rowlandson, W. ed. London: Hesperus Press Ltd.
Rowlandson, W. (2013). Can You See the Picture of Borges?: The Haunting Presence of Borges in Donald Cammell's 1970 Film Performance. Forum for Modern Language Studies [Online] 49:332-346. Available at:
Rowlandson, W. (2013). Musings on Good, Evil and the Conquest of Mexico: An Interview with Graham Hancock. Paranthropology 4:69-78.
Rowlandson, W. (2012). Nourished by Dreams, Visions and William James: The Radical Philosophies of Borges and Terence McKenna. Paranthropology 3:46-60.
Rowlandson, W. (2012). Confronting the Shadow: The Hero's Journey in Borges El Etnógrafo. Journal of Romance Studies [Online] 12:17-32. Available at:
Rowlandson, W. (2011). Hero, Lover, Demon, Fool: Fictional Appropriations of Che Guevara. Journal of Romance Studies [Online] 11:61-74. Available at:
Rowlandson, W. (2011). Borges's Reading of Dante and Swedenborg: Mysticism and the Real. Variaciones Borges 32:59-85.
Rowlandson, W. (2010). "A myth is an owned image": Che Guevara in Lezama Lima's American Expression. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies [Online] 87:71-88. Available at:
Rowlandson, W. (2010). Understanding Guantánamo through its Parallels with Slavery. International Journal of Cuban Studies 2:217-231.
Rowlandson, W. (2010). 'Un mito es una imagen participada': Che Guevara in Lezama Lima's La expresión americana. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies [Online] 87:71-88. Available at:
Rowlandson, W. (2010). La revolución como era imaginaria. Lezama y la política mito-poética. Revista Letral 4:108-130.
Rowlandson, W. (2007). Dismantling Political Mythologies: Cabrera Infante's Essays of Mea Cuba. Bulletin of Spanish Studies [Online] 84:497-515. Available at:
Rowlandson, W. (2006). The Journey into the Text – Reading Rulfo in Carlos Reygadas's 2002 Film 'Japón'. Modern Language Review 101:1025-1034.
Rowlandson, W. (2003). Cabrera Infante and Parody: Tracking Hemingway in 'Tres Tristes Tigres'. Modern Language Review 98:620-633.
Book section
Rowlandson, W. (2013). The Anaesthetic Revelation: Psychedelia and Mysticism. in: Adams, C. et al. eds. Breaking Conventions: Essays on Psychedelic Consciousness. London: Strange Attractor Press, pp. 229-241.
Rowlandson, W. (2013). "Necessary Monsters": Borges' Book of Imaginary Beings and the Ontology of the Daimonic. in: Rowlandson, W. and Voss, A. eds. Daimonic Imagination: Uncanny Intelligence. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 203-227.
Rowlandson, W. (2012). Cimarrón, testimonio y la Revolución. in: Barnet, M. ed. Biografía De Un Cimarrón. Estudios Y Ensayos. Venezuela: Fundación Biblioteca Ayacucho, pp. 1-78.
Rowlandson, W. (2005). Borges y Lezama: dos acercamientos a la epifanía y al arquetipo. in: Archer, R. et al. eds. Antes y Después del Quijote. Valencia: Biblioteca Valenciana, pp. 713-723.
Rowlandson, W. (2014). Review of: 'Talking with the Spirits: Ethnographies from between the Worlds' Hunter, J. and Luke, D. eds. Paranthropology 5:44-45.
Rowlandson, W. (2013). Review of Olivier Besancenot and Michael Lowy, 'Che Guevara: His Revolutionary Legacy'. Bulletin of Latin American Research [Online] 32:115-117. Available at:
Rowlandson, W. (2013). Review of Richard L. Harris, 'Che Guevara: A Biography'. Bulletin of Latin American Research [Online] 32:365-367. Available at:
Rowlandson, W. (2012). Review of Kenneth Routon, 'Hidden Powers of State in the Cuban Imagination'. Bulletin of Spanish Studies: Hispanic Studies and Researches on Spain, Portugal and Latin America [Online] 89:975-977. Available at:
Rowlandson, W. (2012). Review of Gillian McGillivray, 'Blazing Cane: Sugar Communities, Class, and State Formation in Cuba, 1868-1959'. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 89:215-216.
Rowlandson, W. (2011). Review of Christopher Warnes, 'Magical Realism and the Postcolonial Novel: Between Faith and Irreverence'. Modern Language Review 106:216-217.
Rowlandson, W. (2010). Review of Will Fowler and Peter Lambert, 'Political Violence and the Construction of National Identity in Latin America'. Bulletin of Spanish Studies [Online] 87:429-430. Available at:
Rowlandson, W. (2009). Review of Araceli Tinajero, 'El lector de tabaquería: historia de una tradición cubana'. Bulletin of Spanish Studies [Online] 86:715-716. Available at:
Rowlandson, W. (2008). Review of Samuel Farber, 'The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered'. Bulletin of Spanish Studies [Online] 85:402-403. Available at:
Rowlandson, W. (2008). Review of Ana Cairo, 'José Martí y la novela de la cultura cubana'. Bulletin of Spanish Studies [Online] 85:263-265. Available at:
Rowlandson, W. (2005). Review of Carmen Teresa Hartman, 'Cabrera Infante's `Tres tristes tigres': The Trapping Effect of the Signifier over Subject and Text'. Modern Language Review 100:240-242.
Total publications in KAR: 35 [See all in KAR]
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William Rowlandson teaches modules on Latin American literature and culture.

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