Professional and Biographical Information

Degrees

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Hispanic Languages and Literatures (2007)
M.A., University of California, Berkeley, Hispanic Languages and Literatures (2002)
B.A., Wesleyan University, Spanish, Honors Thesis (1998)

Selected Publications

Books

Spaniards in Mauthausen: Representations of a Nazi Concentration Camp, 1940-2015University of Toronto Press, 2018.

Genre Fusion: A New Approach to History, Fiction, and Memory in Contemporary Spain. Purdue University Press, Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures no. 60 (2014).

Articles

“The Death of Historical Memory? Javier Cercas’s El impostor versus the Legacy of Spaniards Deported to Nazi Camps,” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Issue 20.1 (January 2018). Forthcoming.

“Carlos Rodríguez del Risco and the First Spanish Voice from the Holocaust,” History & Memory, Vol., 25, No. 1 (2013).

“Moral Ambiguity in Mauthausen: The Case of Mercè Rodoreda’s ‘Nit i boira,’” Letras femeninas, Vol. 38, No. 2 (2012).

“Montserrat Roig and the Thread of Historiography: From Els catalans als camps nazis to L'hora violeta,” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, No. 86 (2009).

"Cinematic Barcelona: Catalan Identity in a Culture of Displacement," Catalan Studies, Vol. 22 (2008).

“Dictatorship Noir: Postwar Spanish History in Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s La sombra del viento,” Romance Studies, Vol. 26, No. 1 (January 2008).

“Clarín’s Animals: Reading Leopoldo Alas’ Short Fiction through the Darwinian Revolution,” Hispanófila, No. 151 (September 2007).

Book Chapters

“‘El comboi dels 927’ de Montse Armengou: La presencia y la violencia,” Gynocine: Género, Praxis y Teoría del cine, Ed. Barbara Zecchi. Zaragoza: Universidad de Zaragoza (2013).

“La batalla de la educación: Historical Memory in Josefina Aldecoa’s Trilogy,” Mirrors and Echoes: Women’s Writing in Twentieth-Century Spain, Eds. Emilie L. Bergmann and Richard Herr. Berkeley: University of California Press (2007).

General Interest

"Carlos Blanco Aguinaga (1926-2013): An Exile's Fiction" The ALBA Volunteer, Vol. XXX, No. 4.December 2013, pp. 18-19. (http://www.albavolunteer.org/2013/12/carlos-blanco-aguinaga-1926-2013-an-exiles-fiction/)

“Mauthausen: A Spaniard’s Tale,” The ALBA Volunteer, July 2, 2012. (http://www.albavolunteer.org/2012/07/mauthausen-a-spaniard’s-tale/)

Teaching Interests

One of the many advantages of teaching and learning at a liberal arts institution is the breadth of disciplines at the academic community’s disposal, and its willingness to look beyond these disciplinary boundaries to assemble a more complete understanding of the world around us. This is how I approach my teaching: Spanish literature, film, and other cultural productions do not exist in a vacuum and, as such, our critical thinking about contemporary Spain must necessarily encompass other fields and time periods that will lend us diverse perspectives culled from within Spain—incorporating history, politics, media, art, language and social structures—and from the world outside Spain’s borders. My courses are trained on Spanish culture after the Civil War (after 1939), but include materials from earlier time periods and other countries (Latin American, the U.S., and Western Europe) as well. In my courses on Spanish language, Spanish film and literatures, regional Iberian culture, urban studies, genre-specific studies and women’s writing, I offer an interdisciplinary approach, touching on issues of history, gender, memory, violence, representation, socioeconomic influences and nationality, among others, to encourage an in-depth global and local understanding of the course content.

Research Interests

My current research examines Spain's role in the Holocaust by analyzing Spanish representations of the Nazi concentration camp Mauthausen in novels, historical texts, films, memoirs and new media from 1940 to 2015. I was awarded an NEH fellowship to complete this book project during the 2015 calendar year. Spaniards in Mauthausen: Representations of a Nazi Concentration Camp 1940-2015, will be published in 2018 with the University of Toronto Press.

I am also preparing an edited volume on Spain, World War II and the Holocaust: History and Representation with Gina Herrmann (Univ of Oregon) and the participation of over 30 international scholars from the fields of history, sociology, literature and film studies, among others.

My first book, Genre Fusion: A New Approach to History, Fiction, and Memory in Contemporary Spain (Purdue University Press, 2014), examined the interweaving of fiction and history from the vantage point of four authors on the periphery of Postwar Spanish society (1939-present) who published both historiography and historical fiction after the death of Franco. Touching on questions of memory, historical accuracy, autobiography, testimony, and narrative representation in this book, I theorize about and analyze a space between two genres, in which twentieth- and twenty-first-century Spanish authors combine fiction and historiography into a uniquely blurred genre.

This notion of a genre fusion has influenced much of my research and publications: from my interest in all manner of cultural manifestations to emerge from the experiences of the Spaniards in Mauthausen, to a study of the influences of Social Darwinism on the nineteenth-century short stories of Leopoldo Alas, to the implications of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s popular 2001 novel, La sombra del viento, on Spain’s collective historical understanding, to the role of Catalan history and identity in films about Barcelona.

My scholarly interests span time periods and genres with the aim of understanding common historical and narrative threads that ultimately promote our consideration of Spain as a global presence in the twenty-first century.