Silvia Herreros de Tejada
Silvia Herreros de Tejada teaches Literature and Creation at the Antonio Nebrija University in Madrid.
Her book Everyone Grows Up Except Peter- J. M. Barrie and the Peter Pan Myth was the first book in Spanish about J. M. Barrie and it deserved her the Caja Madrid award for non-fiction in 2009. In that same year, she translated all of Barrie’s Peter Pan books into Spanish, some of which remained unknown.
Later on, she completed her PhD in Communication Science, The Ages of Peter Pan: Literary and Film Adaptations of the Eternal Child, 1902-1910, in which she came to the conclusion that —within the realm of adaptation— Peter Pan fulfilled a number of different life stages and crises, and could therefore be interpreted as a metaphor of the human life cycle, despite the character’s typical association with emotional immaturity.
She is at present embarking on a new project that deals with Peter Pan as a creative motif, rather than a reflection of the writer’s personality. At the Beinecke, she will be working with the early manuscripts of some of Barrie’s plays—those in which the possibility of a second chance is contemplated, and where Peter Pan is not a character, but a creative undercurrent.