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Dr Tilmann Altenberg

Dr Tilmann Altenberg

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+44 (0)29 2087 4584
1.14, 66a Plas y Parc, Cathays, Caerdydd, CF10 3AS
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I have a distinguished track record of research in a range of areas. In particular, I have built a reputation for my work on Cuban-Mexican poet José María Heredia, the picaresque novel, adaptations of Don Quijote, Juan Valera's novels, as well as Spanish American writers Alejo Carpentier and Roberto Bolaño.

As Founding Director and curator of the Santander Collection of Hispanic Comics and Graphic Literature, since its inception in 2011 I have grown this externally funded special collec­tion into a university asset that has raised Cardiff’s profile as a hub for research on comics and graphic novels.


Career overview

  • 2017 - present: Reader in Hispanic Studies, Cardiff University
  • 2008 - 2017: Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, Cardiff University
  • 2006 - 2008: Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, Cardiff University
  • 1999 - 2005: Assistant Professor of Hispanic Literature, Universität Hamburg (Germany)
  • 1996 - 1999: Research and Teaching Assistant, Universität Hamburg (Germany)

Education and qualifications

  • 2003: Postgraduate Diploma: Teaching in Higher Education – Universität Hamburg (Germany)
  • 1999: Dr phil in Hispanic Literature – Universität Hamburg (Germany) (summa cum laude)
  • 1995: State Exam for Teaching in Secondary Education: Spanish, German, Pedagogy – Universität Hamburg (Germany)
  • 1991: University Diploma: Teaching German as a Second Language – Universität Bonn (Germany)
  • 1989 - 1995: Undergraduate studies at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn (Germany), Universidad de Chile (Santiago de Chile), Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal) and Universität Hamburg (Germany)

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  • 2016: Nomination for ‘Most Inspiring Teacher’ award (School of Modern Languages)

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Comics Studies Society (Founding Member)
  • Asociación Cultural Tebeosfera (ACT)
  • European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit)
  • Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI)
  • Modern Language Association of America (MLA)
  • German Association of Hispanists (DHV)

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(Since 2014)

  • 2017: Constructions of War Heroism in Times of Peace, Interdisciplinary Research Workshop: Militarization of Everyday Life in Europe: Past Practices and Future Challenges (Swansea University)
  • 2017: Our Kind of Hero? Reflections on War Heroism in Times of Peace, Research paper (Swansea University) [by invitation]
  • 2017: Argentine Comics of the Falklands War, Conference: Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (Cardiff University)
  • 2016: Comics Adaptations of Don Quijote, Cervantes Institute Colloquium: Cervantes – Global, genial, intermedial, virtual (Berlin) [by invitation]
  • 2016: Don Quixote in the Gutter, Interdisciplinary Research Workshop: New Directions in Comics and Graphic Fiction (Cardiff University)
  • 2016: Annotating Argentine Comics of the Falklands War, Symposium: Interdisciplinary Comics Research (Bremen University, Germany) [by invitation]
  • 2016: The Argentine Military and the Falklands War, Workshop: Conflict, Reconstruction and Memory (Swansea University)
  • 2016: Justicia poética by Pablo de Santis and Frank Arbelo: Revenge as Art and Therapy, Conference: Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (Northumbria University)
  • 2016: Framing Memory in Argentine Comics of the Falklands War, Workshop: Narratives of Conflict and Disaster (Cardiff University)
  • 2015: Crossing Borders: Hispanic Comics in the University Classroom, Presentation: Lakes International Comic Art Festival (Kendal) [by invitation]
  • 2015: Embracing Defeat? The Falklands War in Argentine Comics, International Conference: War and Conflict in Sequential Art (Oslo University)
  • 2015: The Adventures of Alonso Quijano in Germany: Flix’s Graphic Novel Don Quijote (2012) and its Spanish Translation (2014), Conference: Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (University of Exeter)
  • 2014: «Buena será la ley, mas no sublime, si a la vez que castiga, no redime»: Negotiating Juvenile Delinquency in 19th-Century Spain, British Library Conference: Wrongdoing in Spain 1800 –1936: Reactions and Interactions (London) [by invitation]

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External committees

  • 2014 - 2016: Member of the Board of Trustess of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland
  • 2012 - 2016: Member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (Treasurer)

Appointments as External Examiner

  • 2015 - present: BA Latin American and Hispanic Studies & MRes Hispanic Studies – University of Liverpool
  • 2014 - present: BA Spanish & MA Translation – Swansea University

Other outward facing roles

Administrative, management & leadership roles (internal)

  • 2017 - present: Director of Postgraduate Research
  • 2017 - present: Investigating Officer (Student Cases)
  • 2013 - 2016: School Examination Officer
  • 2013 - 2015: Examination Liaison Officer for Spanish
  • 2010 - 2012: Spanish Programme Director
  • 2008 - present: School Liaison for the Santander Universities Programme
  • 2008 - 2009: Widening Access Officer
  • 2007 - 2010: Member of the Library, Equipment and Resources Committee
  • 2007 - 2009: Year Abroad Co-ordinator for Spanish


















  • Altenberg, T. 2003. La epistolaridad de Pepita Jiménez de Juan Valera. In: Stenzel, H. and Wolfzettel, F. eds. Estrategias narrativas y construcciones de una 'realidad': Lecturas de las 'Novelas contemporáneas' de Galdós y otras novelas de la época.. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Ediciones del Cabildo Insular de Gran Canaria, pp. 227-248.





Since 1999 I have been teaching a wide range of modules to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and supervised research projects at both MA and PhD level.

Contributions to team-taught modules:

  • 1968 student revolt in Latin America
  • Magical Realism
  • Narratology
  • Study skills

Modules I have divised and delivered:

  • Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature
  • The Spanish American novela testimonio (Ricardo Pozas, Miguel Barnet, Gabriel García Márquez)
  • Slaveholder Societies in the 19th-Century Spanish American Novel (Cirilo Villaverde: Cecilia Valdés and Jorge Isaacs: María)
  • Spanish Golden Age Poetry
  • Fernando de Rojas: La Celestina
  • Emilia Pardo Bazán: Los Pazos de Ulloa and La madre Naturaleza
  • The Short Fiction of Leopoldo Alas «Clarín»
  • Juan Valera: Pepita Jiménez and Genio y figura
  • Editing Poetry: José María Heredia
  • The Spanish American novela de la tierra and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution
  • Textual and Visual Representations of the Mexican Revolution
  • Inventing Latin America in Literature, Film and Popular Culture
  • Don Quijote: Novel and Films
  • Spanish-American Poetry
  • Spanish-American Short Stories
  • Interlingual Subtitling of Fiction Film

Enquiries from prospective research students are particularly welcome in the following topic areas:

  • Any aspect of Hispanic comics
  • Comics narratology and aesthetics
  • Comics translation
  • Comics adaptations of literary texts
  • The Falklands War / Guerra de las Malvinas
  • Representations of the Mexican Revolution
  • Spanish-American poetry, in particular Nicanor Parra's antipoesía
  • The picaresque novel
  • 19th- and 20th-century Latin American literature

My current research focuses on three areas:

  • The conscience in Hispanic culture (and more widely)
  • The Falklands War in Argentine culture, with a special focus on comics
  • Comics adaptations of Don Quijote