Dr Jim Knight has recently joined CLAS as a University Teacher in Hispanic Studies. Jim completed a BA in Latin American studies at Liverpool in 2005. He was awarded funding by the AHRC to stay on and complete an MA and PhD with Dr Valdi Astvaldsson. For his MA, Jim studied a radical writers’ movement that emerged in El Salvador during the 50s, 60s and 70s known as the Committed Generation, whose members sought to challenge dictatorship and social oppression through the production and dissemination of innovative literature. Leading on from this research, his PhD thesis analysed changing perceptions of violence and peace in literary texts that span El Salvador’s revolutionary and post-war periods. Jim has since published peer reviewed articles on masculinity and violence in the work of Roque Dalton and the use of indigenous myth as a means of articulating trauma in the work of Manlio Argueta. He is currently working on a study of political disillusionment, cynicism and violence in the work of Horacio Castellanos Moya.

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