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Shaw, Donald L. 1930- (D.L. Shaw, Donald Leslie Shaw)

Shaw, Donald L. 1930- (D.L. Shaw, Donald Leslie Shaw)


Born February 11, 1930, in Manchester, England; son of Stephen Leslie (a cashier) and Lily Shaw; married Mariella Cristini, 1958; children: Andrew, Silvia. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Victoria University of Manchester, B.A. (with first-class honors), 1952, M.A., 1954; Trinity College, Dublin, Ph.D., 1961. Politics: Labour.


Home—Charlottesville, VA. Office—Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903; fax: 804-924-7160. E-mail—[email protected]


University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, assistant lecturer, 1955-57; University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, lecturer, 1957-64; University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, lecturer, 1964-69, senior lecturer, 1969-72, reader, 1972-79, professor of Latin American studies, 1979-86, department chair, between 1969 and 1985; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Brown Forman Professor, 1986—, department chair, 1989-92. Visiting professor at Brown University, 1967, University of Stirling, 1976-78, and University of Virginia, 1983. Member or past member of editorial board, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Hispanic Review, Chasqui, Insula, Antipodas, Revista Contemporanea/Contemporary Spain, Journal of Hispanic Research, Indiana Journal of Hispanic Literature, Romance Quarterly, Studies in Twentieth Century Literature, New Novel Review, and North Colina Studies in Romance Languages and Literatures. Military service: Royal Air Force, flying officer, 1953-55.


A Literary History of Spain: The Nineteenth Century, Barnes & Noble (Totowa, NJ), 1972.

(Under name D.L. Shaw) Gallegos, Doña Bárbara: A Critical Study, Grant & Cutler (London, England), 1972.

The Generation of 1898 in Spain, Barnes & Noble (Totowa, NJ), 1975.

(Under name D.L. Shaw) Borges, Ficciones: A Critical Study, Grant & Cutler, 1976, revised edition, 1992.

Nueva narrativa Hispanoamericana, Catedra (Madrid, Spain), 1981, 6th edition published as Nueva narrative Hispanoamericana: Boom, Posboom, Posmodernismo, 1999.

Alejo Carpentier, G.K. Hall (Boston, MA), 1985.

Borges' Narrative Strategy, Francis Cairns (Leeds, England), 1992.

Antonio Skarmeta and the Post-boom, Ediciones del Norte (Hanover, NH), 1994.

The Post-boom in Spanish American Fiction, State University of New York Press (Albany, NY), 1998.

Companion to Spanish American Fiction, Boydell & Brewer (Woodbridge, Suffolk, England), 2001, Tamesis (Rochester, NY), 2002.

Spanish American Poetry after 1950: Beyond the Vanguard, Tamesis (Rochester, NY), 2008.

Editor of books by Virgilio Malvezzi, Eduardo Mallea, Pio Baroja, Agustin Duran, and Angel de Saavedra. Contributor to books, including The European History of a Word, edited by H. Eichner, University of Toronto Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1972; Contemporary Latin American Fiction, edited by S. Bacarisse, Academic Press (Edinburgh, Scotland), 1980; Landmarks in Modern Latin American Fiction, edited by Phillip Swanson, Routledge (New York, NY), 1990; Onetti and Others, edited by Gustavo San Roman, State University of New York Press (Albany, NY), 1999; and Romantic Poetry, edited by Angela Esterhammer, Benjamins (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2001; also contributor to books published in Spanish. Contributor of more than 100 articles to scholarly journals, including Anthropos, Foro Hispanico, Revista de Estudios Hispanicos,Revista Hispanica Moderna, and Latin American Literary Review. Guest editor, Studies in Twentieth Century Fiction, 1995.

Several of Shaw's works have been published in Spanish translation.


Donald L. Shaw once told CA: "My primary motivation is vanity; that is, attachment to professional prestige. My work is chiefly influenced by a desire to offer students and other researchers in the field either a springboard to further research or something to disagree with. When writing, I try to produce two pages a day, usually in the morning, proceeding incrementally. As a schoolboy I fell in love with things Hispanic, and I have spent my life happily working in the field."



Carvalho, Susan, editor, Modernisms and Modernities: Studies in Honor of Donald L. Shaw, Juan de la Cuesta (Newark, DE), 2006.

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