Stewart King


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Originally from Sydney, I lived in India and Canberra, but grew up in Melbourne. My interest in Spanish language and culture dates from 1988 when I started learning the language privately before travelling throughout Spain in 1989-90. I became interested in Catalan culture through friends and, as part of my B.A. at La Trobe University, I studied history, Spanish and Catalan language and literature. Thanks to several grants from the Australian and Catalan governments, I was able to study in Barcelona, where I lived on and off for several years whilst completing my PhD. I returned to Australia in 1999 and since then have taught in the Spanish and Latin American Studies, Literary Studies and Global Studies majors at La Trobe and Monash  Universities. In recognition for my work in Spanish and Latin American Studies in 2016 I was elected President of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia.

Research interests

My research interests focus on two broad areas: Spanish and Catalan Studies and Crime fiction as a form of world literature.

Spanish and Catalan Studies

My research in these interconnected fields was first established through my work on the construction of Catalan identities in literature written in both Spanish and Catalan and later on the role of crime fiction in post-Franco, democratic Spain. My book, Escribir la catalanidad. Lenguas e identidades en la narrativa contemporánea de Cataluña (Tamesis 2005), employs post-colonial theories to develop a substantial and controversial re-evaluation of Catalan authors who write in Castilian (Spanish) that challenges how Catalan literature is conceived. 

My major contribution to the field of crime fiction from Spain has been to question the inherent Spanishness of “Spanish” crime fiction by exploring the construction of competing national and cultural identities in crime novels written in Castilian (Spanish) as well as Catalan, Galician and Basque.

Crime Fiction as World Literature

In 2012 I was appointed the coordinator of the International Literatures stream of the revised undergraduate major in Literary Studies. My teaching practice in the areas of comparative literature, world literature, and literature in translation led to my developing an innovative research interest in crime fiction as a form of world literature. In 2013 I co-organised an international conference on this area with Prof. Stephen Knight (University of Melbourne) with whom I co-edited The Global Crime Scene, a special issue of Clues (2014), the leading Anglo-American journal of crime fiction studies. In 2014 I published the first scholarly article examining crime fiction within a world literature framework. This article is one of the first to orient world literature studies towards a popular fiction genre and away from its traditional focus on classics of world literature. The article has been described as “the most useful intervention in this emerging field of study” (Andrew Pepper, Unwilling Executioner, OUP 2016). I have published several articles and book chapters in this area and I am currently working on a book-length study of world crime fiction.

Supervision interests

I am willing to supervise MA and PhD students in the following areas or fields: Spanish and Catalan literary and cultural studies from the nineteenth-century until the present day, crime fiction from around the globe, translation studies and the theory and practice of world literatures.

External positions

President, Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia

18 Oct 2016 → …

Research area keywords

  • Catalan literature
  • Crime fiction
  • World literature
  • Spanish literature
  • Memory studies
  • Comparative literature

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Projects 2003 2014

Research Output 1998 2019

Criminal Moves: Modes of Mobility in Crime Fiction

Gulddal, J. (ed.), King, S. (ed.) & Rolls, A. (ed.), 2019, (Accepted/In press) Liverpool UK: Liverpool University Press. 224 p. (LIVERPOOL ENGLISH TEXTS AND STUDIES; vol. 78)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

Detectar la nació: Una lectura perifèrica sobre la novel·la criminal i la condició postcolonial a Catalunya

Translated title of the contribution: Detecting the Nation: A Peripheral Reading of Crime Fiction and the Post-Colonial Condition in CataloniaKing, S., 2019, In : Rassegna iberistica. 13, p. 65-77 13 p., 4.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Murder in the Multinational State: Crime Fiction from Spain

King, S., 2019, Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge. 199 p. (New Hispanisms: Cultural and Literary Studies)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Under Construction: Literature and Identities in Contemporary Catalan Culture

King, S., 2019, The Rise of Catalan Identity: Social Commitment and Political Engagement in the Twentieth Century. Casanovas, P., Corretger, M. & Salvador, V. (eds.). Cham Switzerland: Springer, p. 271-280 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

E Pluribus Unum: A Transnational Reading of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

King, S., 2018, In : Clues: a journal of detection. 36, 1, p. 9-19 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2001 2019

  • 5 Editorial responsibility
  • 2 Peer review responsibility

University of Toronto Press (Publisher)

Stewart King (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Clues: a journal of detection (Journal)

Stewart King (Editorial board member)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Journal of Catalan Intellectual History (Journal)

Stewart King (Editorial board member)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Routledge (Publisher)

Stewart King (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Cuardernos de Estudios Manuel Vazquez Montalban (Journal)

Stewart King (Editorial board member)
2013 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility