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Assistant Professor

Fernández Melleda, Bárbara

American Studies
PhD The University of Edinburgh
MA Universidad de Chile


Bárbara arrived in Hong Kong in 2019 after working as a Teaching Fellow in Spanish at The University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on a variety of topics that analyse Chilean literature, such as intersections between articulations of the female psyche, the criticism of neoliberal principles within a post-dictatorship context, biblical references in poetry and narrative, and memory/post-memory constructions in Chilean writing, among others. Lately, Bárbara has been exploring the cultural relationship between China and Latin America, more specifically with Chile through poets Pablo Neruda and Pablo de Rokha. She has received a grant to conduct research in Beijing in order to examine details concerning the great friendship between Pablo Neruda and Chinese poet Ai Qing, and how this permeates poetic work. At the moment, Bárbara is working on her book manuscript entitled Chilean Women’s Poetry under Neoliberalism: Expressing Discontent (1980-2020).

As a Latinamericanist, Bárbara’s teaching portfolio is broad. She has lectured on Chilean culture, canonical authors from the Latin American Boom and Nobel Prize winners, XIX century foundational and abolitionist novels from Cuba, Perú and Argentina, Latin American visual culture and fine arts, and Latin American cultural theory. At HKU, Bárbara is devoted to the development of Latin American themed courses and expanding the scope of the American Studies Programme from a hemispheric perspective. She also welcomes postgraduate proposals on topics related to her research interests. She is currently in the early stages of developing a Brazilianist research cluster with her PhD and MPhil students.

Dr Fernández Melleda works as a member of La Joyita Cartonera publisher based in Chile and seeks to explore issues of representation, creation, and resistance in cartonera publishers in Latin America. She is a peer reviewer for a variety prestigious journals and reviews books on Latin American literary criticism for a large UK University Press. Bárbara also contributes to the dissemination of Chilean current affairs for an international audience in Alborada, an independent voice on Latin American politics and culture based in London.

Tel. No.




519, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

HKU Scholars Hub


Region and Language

Spanish (native Speaker), English (near native), Portuguese (upper-intermediate), Putonghua (beginners level), Understanding of Iberian languages such as Catalan and Galician

Research Area

Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Women's writing, Activism, Indigenous Literatures and Cultures, Memory Studies, Sino-Latin American Relations

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