Robert Davidson

Professor
Isabel Bader Theatre, Room 318, 93 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7
416-813-4075

Campus

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Modern Spanish & Catalan Literature and Culture
  • Food Studies
  • Urban Theory
  • Hospitality

Biography

Bob Davidson, Professor of Spanish and Catalan, specializes in Modern Peninsular Literature and Culture with an emphasis on urban studies and cultural theories of food and hospitality. Prof. Davidson is the author of Jazz Age Barcelona (U of Toronto Press, 2009; shortlisted for the Canada Prize in the Humanities) and The Hotel: Occupied Space (U of Toronto Press, 2018). Current projects include a study of material culture and early 20th-century Spanish and Catalan narrative (By and About Things) and a monograph on terroir and Catalonia (The Taste of a Nation), which brings together research conducted over the past decade. He is the founder and co-editor of UTP’s Toronto Iberic book series and has published work on different aspects of the Castilian and Catalan avant-gardes, cultural theory and film. Prof. Davidson has served on the editorial boards of the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Diacritics, Catalan Review and Journal of Catalan Studies. He has held visiting positions at The Johns Hopkins University, Queen Mary - University of London (Institut Ramon Llull Visiting Faculty) and University College Cork. Prof. Davidson currently serves as Director of the Northrop Frye Centre at Victoria College and as Chair of the Manuscript Review Committee of University of Toronto Press.

Education

PhD, Cornell University

Administrative Service

Director, Northrop Frye Centre (Victoria College)
Chair, Manuscript Review Committee (University of Toronto Press)