Dr Stewart King

Originally from Sydney, I lived in India and Canberra, but grew up in Melbourne. My interest in Spanish language and culture dates from 1988 when I started learning the language privately before travelling throughout Spain in 1989-90. I became interested in Catalan culture through friends and, as part of my B.A. at La Trobe University, I studied history, Spanish and Catalan language and literature.

Thanks to several grants from the Australian and Catalan governments, I was able to study in Barcelona, where I lived on and off for several years whilst completing my PhD. I returned to Australia in 1999 and since then have taught Spanish language, cultural and literary studies at La Trobe and Monash Universities.


2000 PhD, La Trobe University.
1995 Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Catalan with First Class Honours, La Trobe University.

Teaching qualifications

2002 Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Monash University.


  • A new online database on crime fiction by women writers from Spain was launched at the University of Barcelona’s Centre Dona i Literatura (Women and Literature Centre) on 7 October 2013. Called MUNCE (Mujeres y Novela Criminal en España 1975-2010/ Women and Crime Fiction in Spain 1975-2010), the database  contains information on individual writers as well ... Read more
  • Stewart King has been awarded €3,900 by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport for a project on Spanish crime fiction. The grant will partially fund a one-month trip to Barcelona and Madrid where Stewart will conduct research for a book, provisionally titled La novela policíaca española: una aproximación temática [Spanish crime fiction: a thematic ... Read more
  • Is science fiction the future of crime fiction? Catalan writer Jordi de Manuel thinks so, and in my chapter in this collection, “Distopía y detectives: la ficción criminal de Jordi de Manuel” , I explore de Manuel’s representation of a futuristic dystopian Barcelona, plagued by ... Read more
  •   My chapter in this collection, “‘Don’t Forget the Tejedor’: Community and Identity in the Crime Fiction of Rosa Ribas” explores issues of cultural hybridity in the first two novels of Rosa Riba’s “Cornelia Weber-Tejedor” series. The series is set in Frankfurt and the protagonist is a police inspector with a German father and a ... Read more