Paul H. Cahill

Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures; Coordinator of the Spanish Section
With Pomona Since: 2008
  • Expertise


    Paul Cahill is a scholar of 20th-century Spanish literature, focusing on poetry that engages with its social context(s) while maintaining an active engagement with language itself. His work has looked primarily at poets writing during the 1960s and 1970s (Jenaro Talens, Jorge Urrutia, Eduardo Hervás, Aníbal Núñez, José-Miguel Ullán) and poets born in the 1960 and 1970s (Antonio Méndez Rubio, Víctor Gómez, Arturo Borra). His current research explores the lasting interest inspired by the Holocaust in Spanish poets who have little or no direct connection to it and in some cases were born decades after the end of World War II.

    Research Interests

    • Twentieth-century Spanish Literature
    • Contemporary Spanish Poetry
    • Poetics
    • Relationship between Literature and Society
    • Spanish Poetry and the Holocaust

    Areas of Expertise


    • Twentieth-century Spanish Literature
    • Spanish Poetry
  • Work


    Talens, Jenaro. Tabula rasa. El sueño del origen y la muerte. Ed. Paul Cahill. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2013.

    "Poetic Vision and (In)visible Pain in Antonio Méndez Rubio's Trasluz." Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature 36.2 (2012): 356-72.

    "Deconstruction (and Digression) in the Poetry of Jenaro Talens." Hispanófila 164 (2012): 39-54.

    "«El otoño del paradigma»: La fuente como un pájaro escondido de Jorge Urrutia." El mar de la palabra. La poesía de Jorge Urrutia. Ed. Francisco Estévez and Isabel Román Gutiérrez. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2011. 59-86.

    "«Poesía en la guerra»: la (co)herencia y unidad (con)textual de Viento del pueblo." Ínsula 763-764 (2010): 22-26.

    "Globalizing Good and Evil in the Poetry of Jorge Urrutia and Jorge Riechmann." MLN: Modern Language Notes 125.2 (2010): 457-76.

    "Pedagogy, Discipline, and Resistance in Intervalo (1972) by Eduardo Hervás." Letras Peninsulares 21.2-3 (2008-2009): 345-66.

  • Education


    2008, Ph.D., Spanish
    University of California, Irvine

    2005, Master of Arts, Spanish
    University of California, Irvine

    2002, Bachelor of Arts, Spanish
    University of Colorado, Boulder

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Advanced Spanish
    • Contemporary Spanish Poetry: Poetics, Identity, Difference
    • Intermediate Spanish
    • Intro to Literary Analysis
    • Spanish Film: Tradition and Transgression
    • The Avant-Garde in Spain
    • Critical Inquiry Seminar: Iconic Iconoclasts: Lorca, Buñuel, Dalí
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Research Grant, Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and U.S. Universities, 2011

    Yale-Griffith Summer Fellowship, Pomona College, 2010

    Regents' Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Irvine, 2008

    Dissertation Research Grant, Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and U.S. Universities, 2007