Xavier Presents Barcelona in Words & Pictures

March 28, 2008

On Monday, April 21 at 4:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium of Alter Hall on the Xavier campus, Caragh Wells, Ph.D. of the University of Bristol will discuss “Barcelona: A City and its Novels.” The presentation is free and open to the public.


One of the most cosmopolitan cities in all of Europe, Barcelona captivates Spaniards and foreign visitors alike. The city continues to inspire countless cultural productions around the world. The lecture by Dr. Wells, an international authority on contemporary Spanish literature, will share images of Barcelona and introduce writers who have attempted to put the city into words.


Caragh Wells is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Bristol University. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she lived and worked in Spain and Catalonia for a number of years. She returned to undertake a Masters degree in Contemporary European Literature, Culture and Society at the University of Exeter, where she did doctoral research into literary representations of Barcelona in contemporary Spanish and Catalan fiction. Prior to her current post in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol, she taught at the University of Exeter. Her research interests include: The post-war Spanish novel; Contemporary Urban fiction in post-war Spain and Catalonia; Women’s writing; Narrative theory; The European Novel; Short Fiction. Special interest in the following writers: Eduardo Mendoza, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Quim Monzó, Montserrat Roig and Carmen Laforet.