Prof. David Wood came to Sheffield in 1992 from Exeter University, where he completed a British Academy-funded PhD on the work of the Peruvian author Alfredo Bryce Echenique, following a year´s teaching in Peru with the British Council.
Bryce Echenique, and contemporary Peruvian and Latin American literature more widely, continue to be research interests, and have given rise to various invitations as a guest speaker at conferences in Europe and Latin America.
His critical edition of Bryce Echenique´s Huerto cerrado was published in July 2007. Popular culture, particularly sport, is another major research interest, both in Peru and across Latin America, and a book on literature, football and artesanía in Peru arising from AHRB Research Leave was published in Lima early in 2005.
His latest research project involves the relationship between sport, literature and visual culture in Latin America, strands which came together in the co-organisation of the Conference `Visual/ Physical: Discourses on Sport and Physical Culture´ (July 2010) and in recent conference invitations and publications on the role of sport in Latin American literature and society.
Prof. Wood´s option modules focus on the recent political, social and cultural histories of Cuba and Peru, and on Latin-American Popular Culture.