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Hazel Robins

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Hazel Robins


Queens' College

Current Research:

I am researching the presentation of the British in 19th-century Portuguese literature, and how authors use British figures to re-negotiate Portuguese national identity in this problematic period.  My work focusses on the novels of Júlio Dinis, and his attempts to engage a reader on both an emotional and intellectual level, through his playful and surprisingly sophisticated negotiation of national types and happily-ever-after paradigms.

Title: ‘An Anglo-Portuguese Nation?  Júlio Dinis’s re-foundation of Portugal’

Conference papers and talks:

  • Talk at the Anglo-Portuguese Society, ‘From angels to whores: how women were used to represent British power in 19th-century Portuguese Literature’, 21st April 2016
  • Paper at the VI International Conference of the Association of British and Irish Lusitanists: ‘Allegory and stereotype in the dialogic reconstructions of national identity in Almeida Garrett and Júlio Dinis', 7th September 2015
  • Paper at the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland 60th Anniversary Conference: ‘Canonical margins in Júlio Dinis’, 14th April 2015


  • 5 seminars on Academic Writing Skills for Modern Linguists for first and second-year language students at Queens’ College, Cambridge (2015/2016)
  • 4 Portuguese troubleshooting sessions for first-year students at Queens’ College, Cambridge (2015/2016)
  • Exam marking: for first- and second-year Portuguese language and translation courses, 40 scripts