Jennifer Nagtegaal is a doctoral student of Hispanic Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she likewise completed a master’s degree in Hispanic Studies in 2016. She is the elected Student Representative to the Asociación Canadiense de Hispanistas (2021-23). Jennifer’s research, funded by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), develops at the crossroads of cultural studies and contemporary Hispanic visual culture in the areas of comics studies and animated cinema, and sometimes in the hybridization of both.
A range of current projects are united by a focus on how various forms of drawing and animation become visually symbolic of marginalized and migrant bodies. In 2020 Jennifer authored a contributing chapter to The Routledge Companion to Gender and Sexuality in Comic Book Studies, which traces the development of an Andalusian-Chinese Feminism through the graphic novels and digital comics of Spanish-born author of Chinese descent Quan Zhou. Most recently, Jennifer has completed a manuscript titled “The Politics of (Re)Animating History: Animated Documentary in Hispanic Cinema, Television and the Digital Public Sphere”.
Upcoming projects will explore how Spain’s long-time comics artists are now harnessing their drawing power to new technologies and other artistic mediums to produce what some have called “post-comics”.
- Contemporary Peninsular Literature and Culture
- Comics Studies (from the “graphic novel” to the “post-comic”)
- Spanish Film Studies
- Animated Documentary
- Spanish Golden-Age literature (Picaresque and Cervantine Studies)
- Second Language Teaching and Learning
Books (under consideration):
Politics of Past and Present: Animated Documentary from the Hispanic World’s Big, Small and Digital Screen to its Comics Scene. 337 pages. University of Toronto Press.
“Comics Criticism from Within: Metatextual Musings on Comics and Cognitive Disability in Paco Roca and Miguel Gallardo’s Emotional World Tour: diarios itinerantes (2009)” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2022) Forthcoming.
“Animation and Affirmative Aging in Ignacio Ferreras’ Arrugas (2011).” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 44.2 (2021) Forthcoming.
“Biographical Comics As Scholarship? The Case of Salvador Dalí and the ‘Dalí Renaissance’”. Bulletin of Spanish Studies 98, no.8 (2021): 1313-39. https://doi.org/10.1080/14753820.2021.1956172
“Spanish Comics and the Cathartic Function of Historical Memory in New Intermedial Forms: a Study of Manuel H. Martín’s Graphic Novel Documentary 30 años de oscuridad.” In Comics and Catharsis: Exploring Narratives of Trauma and Memory in the Graphic Novel, edited by Jordan Tronsgard, University of Mississippi Press. Forthcoming.
“From ‘Accidental’ Autobiography to Comics Activism: Tracing the Development of an Andalusian-Chinese Feminism in the Work of Comics Artist Quan Zhou.” In The Routledge Companion to Gender and Sexuality in Comic Book Studies, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama, Routledge, 2020, pp. 134-148.
“Review of Leen Engelen and Kris Van Heuckelom’s European Cinema After the Wall: Screening East-West Mobility,” Independent Humanities, vol. 33, no. 1, 2016, pp. 187-190.
Nagtegaal, Jennifer et. al. “Cross-cultural translation, adaptation, and reliability of the Spanish version of the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone (PAR-Q+),” The Health & Fitness Journal of Canada, vol. 12, no. 4, 2019, pp. 3-14.
“Creating a Culture of Life Long Learners”. El Tribuno Del Pueblo. Jan – Feb, no. 6, 2014.
“El Aprendizaje Permanente”. El Tribuno del Pueblo, no. 7, Jan – Feb, 2014.
2018-2022: UBC Four Year Fellowship (FYF)
2018-2021: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – 3 year Doctoral. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
2015-2016: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master’s Scholarship – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
2014-2016: Faculty of Arts Graduate Award – University of British Columbia
Graduate supervisor: Dr. María Soledad Fernández Utrera
“Constructing Bicultural Identity through Comics and Cuisine: Quan Zhou’s Sweet and Sour Gazpacho (Gazpacho agridulce)”. 157th Modern Languages Association Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, USA. January 9-12, 2020.
“Paco Roca’s El juego lúgubre: (Re)Framing Salvador Dalí’s return to Franco-era Spain”. Eighth Biennial International Graduate Student Conference, Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, University of British Columbia. October 25-26, 2019.
“Animating Agency: Children’s Politics in Jairo Carrillo and Oscar Andrade’s Pequeñas voces”. Poster Presentation at the Sixth International Symposium on Ideology, Politics and Demands in Spanish/Italian Language, Literature and Film, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy. June 26-28, 2019.
“Salvador Dalí and the Bio Comic”. LV Annual Congress of the Canadian Association of Hispanists (CAH), University of British Columbia, Vancouver. June 4-6, 2019.
“Picaresque Drawing: Gutters, Margins and the Unfinished Aesthetic in the Comic Adaptation of El Guitón Honofre (1604, 2005).” 116th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association. November 9-11, 2018.
“Towards a Definition of Picaresque Drawing: the Comic Adaptation of El Guitón Honofre (1604, 2005).” Poster presentation at the FHIS Graduate Student Symposium, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. April 16, 2018.
“To Engulf an Empire: Cannibalism and Translatio Imperii in La Numancia.” Early Romance Studies Research Cluster, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. December 1, 2016.
“Old Age: A Liminal Space? Ignacio Ferrera’s Arrugas.” Sixth Biennial Graduate Student Conference, Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, University of British Columbia. October 23-24, 2015.
“José Arcadio Buendía: ¿El caballero andante de García Márquez?” Sixth Latin America Research Group Workshop, Victoria. March 14, 2015.
“De cuyo nombre no quiero olvidarme: los nombres en Don Quijote de la Mancha.” The Second Annual Department of French, Italian and Spanish Undergrad Colloquium, The University of Calgary, Calgary. April 30, 2014.