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 → …


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

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Projects 2003 2014

Research Output 1998 2018

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

Making it ours: Translation and the circulation of crime fiction in Catalan

King, S. 2017 Crime Fiction as World Literature. Nilsson, L., Damrosch, D. & D'haen, T. (eds.). 1st ed. New York NY USA: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 157-169 13 p. (Literatures as World Literature)

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

The deceptive dame: Criminal revelations of the Catalan capital

King, S. 2017 The Barcelona Reader: Cultural Readings of a City. Bou, E. & Subirana, J. (eds.). Liverpool UK: Liverpool University Press, p. 395-415 21 p.

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

The palimpsestic past: Crime fiction, cultural memory and Catalonia

King, S. 2017 In : Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. 94, 8, p. 817-830 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

"Catalonia is not Spain": Images of self and other in Catalan literature

King, S. 2016 A Comparative History of Literatures in the Iberian Peninsula, Volume II. Domínguez, C., González, A. A. & Sapega , E. (eds.). 1st ed. Amsterdam The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company, Vol. 2, p. 20-31 12 p. (A comparative History of Literatures in European Languages ; vol. XXIX)

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

Activities 2001 2018

  • 5 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Peer review responsibility

Clues: a journal of detection (Journal)

King, S. (Editorial board member)
2018 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility

Journal of Catalan Intellectual History (Journal)

King, S. (Editorial board member)
2017 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility

Routledge (Publisher)

King, S. (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Peer review responsibility

Cuardernos de Estudios Manuel Vazquez Montalban (Journal)

King, S. (Editorial board member)
2013 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility

Tamesis Books (Publisher)

King, S. (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Editorial responsibility