Robert Patrick Newcomb

Areas of interest: Iberian Studies – Hispanic Studies – Portuguese Studies – Comparative Literature.

Robert Patrick Newcomb is an Associate Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies at the University of California, Davis, United States. Additionally, he is the founder and co-director of the UC Comparative Iberian Studies Working Group. He received his BA, MA, and PhD from Brown University.

His research focuses on comparative approaches to Luso-Hispanic literatures, both in the Americas (Brazil/Spanish-speaking Latin America) and in Europe (Portugal/Spain). Chronologically, he focuses on late 19th and early 20th century works, particularly essays, articles, and literary non-fiction.

Newcomb has made extensive contributions to the field of Iberian Studies, with a special focus on Iberianism. He has written several articles on this theme, and his book, Iberianism and Crisis: Spain and Portugal at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, will be published by the University of Toronto in Spring 2018. Additionally, Newcomb is co-editor of the volumes Beyond Tordesillas: Essays in Comparative Luso-Hispanic Studies (Ohio State, forthcoming Fall 2018) and The Iberian and Latin American Transatlantic Studies Reader (co-edited with Cecilia Enjuto Rangel, Pedro García-Caro and Sebastiaan Faber, under contract. He is also co-editing the special issue Estudos Ibéricos: Novos Espaços in the International Journal of Iberian Studies.

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Robert Newcomb’s publications in the IStReS database:

Fernandes, Ângela, Santiago Pérez Isasi, and Robert Patrick Newcomb. 2019. ‘Iberian Studies: New Spaces of Inquiry’. International Journal of Iberian Studies 32: 9–11.
Newcomb, Robert Patrick. 2008. ‘Antero de Quental, “Iberista”: Iberianism as Organizing Principle and Evolving Intellectual Commitment’. Iberoamericana. América Latina – España – Portugal 8 (31): 45–60.
———. 2010. ‘Portugal na visão unamuniana da Ibéria como unidade dialéctica’. Estudos Avançados 24 (69): 61–78.
———. 2011. ‘Beyond Tordesillas: The Role of Mediated Comparative Analysis in Luso-Hispanic Studies’. Chasqui. Revista Latinoamericana de Comunicación 40 (2): 125–45.
———. 2012. ‘Iberian Anguish: Unamuno’s Influence on Miguel Torga’. Luso-Brazilian Review 49 (2): 188–206.
———. 2014. ‘A Poetry of Flesh and Bone: Miguel de Unamuno and Miguel Torga’. Portuguese Studies 30 (1): 21–36.
———. 2015. ‘Theorizing Iberian Studies’. Hispania 98: 196–97.
———. 2018. Iberianism and Crisis: Spain and Portugal at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Toronto Iberic. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
———. 2019. ‘Iberianism’s Lessons for Iberian Studies’. In Catalonia, Iberia and Europe, edited by David Duarte and Giangiacomo Vale, 55–73. Biblioteca Scientifica Europea 2. Roma: Aracne editrice.
Newcomb, Robert Patrick, and Richard A. Gordon, eds. 2017a. Beyond Tordesillas. New Approaches to Comparative Luso-Hispanic Studies. Ohio State University.
———. 2017b. ‘Introduction: Bridging Tordesillas’. In Beyond Tordesillas. New Approaches to Comparative Luso-Hispanic Studies, edited by Robert Patrick Newcomb and Richard A. Gordon, 1–17. Ohio State University.