Associate Professor, Fellow and Tutor in Spanish, Wadham College. She teaches Spanish American literature from the nineteenth century to the present day, as well as Spanish language and translation. Her research centres on twentieth-century and contemporary Spanish American fiction, with a particular interest in the historical novel, representations of the body, travel narratives, and literary accounts of illness and medicine. Olivia’s first monograph explored representations of the body in historical fiction by Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), Fernando del Paso (Mexico) and Augusto Roa Bastos (Paraguay). She is currently working on a project that examines accounts of physical and mental illness in narratives by authors from Mexico, Chile, Venezuela and Argentina.