Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Barcelona

I received a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American literature (Filología Hispánica) and a D.E.A. (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados) in Romance Literatures from the University of Barcelona. In 2013, I completed my PhD in Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Toronto. Before joining UBC, I held tenure-track appointments at Wright State University and Whitman College.

My teaching and research focus on gender and cultural studies in contemporary Spain, with a particular interest in literature, cinema and photography. My book manuscript, Masculine Subjectivity and Self-writing in Spain, examines how numerous authors who grew up during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship confronted and reconstituted the regime’s model of fatherhood and masculinity. The book focuses on the autobiographical and autofictional works of writers born in Catalonia, including Carlos Barral, Juan Marsé, Terenci Moix and the brothers Juan and Luis Goytisolo. In their works, these writers question the father as an all-powerful and repressive figure, firmly at the head of his family. Drawing on psychoanalysis as well as feminist, gender and autobiographical theory, the project contributes to current debates about gender identity and masculine subjectivity in the Spanish-speaking world.

For more on my teaching, research and community involvement, visit my webpage.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Contemporary Peninsular Literature and Culture
  • Catalan Studies
  • Spanish and Latin American Cinema
  • Photography
  • Gender Theory, Feminism and Psychoanalysis
  • Autobiography and Self-writing
  • Material Culture

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECT

My current research project, “Confronting Europe: Tourism, Gender Models and Regional Consciousness in Spain” examines the representation of European tourism in Spain and its influence on the construction of gender and regional identities. Through the analysis of interdisciplinary “texts” such as films, photographs and advertisements as well as government and citizens’ initiatives, the project addresses the ambivalent discourse that has been forged around tourism in Spain from the 1960s to the present. The project contributes to a growing body of scholarship on European tourism in the Mediterranean world and underscores the importance of foreign bodies in shaping notions of masculinity, female sexuality and regional and national identities.

PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles
“Subjetividad lingüística e identidad masculina en los textos autobiográficos de Carlos Barral.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. 49.3 (2015): 481-502.

“Espectros de la paternidad y disolución de fronteras en Biutiful de Alejando González Iñárritu.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 16.2 (2015): 179-191.

“Houses, Objects, and the Politics of Inheritance in Josep Maria de Sagarra’s Vida Privada.” Romance Quarterly 61.4 (2014): 268-278.

Chapters in Edited Volumes
“La Barcelona de Clara Janés: duelo, melancolía, herencia invisible.” Verdades y secretos en los textos de Clara Janés. Ed. Nadia Mékouar-Hertzberg. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2014. 29-48.

“Che faró senza Eurídice: figuras masculinas e identidad femenina en las obras de Clara Janés.” El fuego invisible. Ed. Anne M. Pasero. Ávila, Spain: Ayuntamiento de Ávila, 2012. 184-192.

“Els nens i l’exili a l’obra de Teresa Pàmies.” El exilio republicano de 1930 y la segunda generación. Ed. Manuel Aznar Soler and José Ramón López García. Barcelona: Renacimiento, 2011. 1027-1034.

Winter 2017

SPAN301 Advanced Spanish I Sections

Advanced grammar structures in context, lexical repertoire, fluency and cultural awareness to broaden and develop language skills.

Winter 2017

SPAN530 Peninsular Literature of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Sections