Research

PUBLICATIONS

 

Articles
The Iberian Third Space in a Novel by a Catalan Exiled in Mexico: Language(s) in Paraules d’Opoton el Vell by Avel·lí Artís GenerCatalan Review, vol. 31, Summer 2017. (forthcoming)

 

This essay argues that the treatment of languages in the novel Paraules d’Opoton el Vell (1968), written by the Catalan author Avel·lí Artís Gener during his exile in Mexico, opens a third space between Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s deterritorialization and Walter Mignolo’s decoloniality in a way that engages with both these ideas as it distances itself from them. Through the use of multiple languages and registers, the questioning of names, the creation of new words, and translations, Paraules d’Opoton el Vell deterritorializes language. However, by including a multiplicity of languages, it calls into question Deleuze and Guattari’s idea that only major languages can be deterritorialized. At the same time, the variety of languages shows the colonial difference while proposing a pluriversality like the one Mignolo links to the decolonial option. Nevertheless, Paraules d’Opoton el Vell cannot be completely lined up with decolonial criticism because its border thinking pivots around languages more than around epistemological conflicts. The third space portrayed in Paraules d’Opoton el Vell evokes the approach proposed by Iberian studies, in between conceptualizations that critique hegemony from both a singular and a pluriversal locus of enunciation and relate to interior and exterior borders.

 

Pa negre y los otros fantasmas de la postmemoria: El “phantom” y los intertextos con La plaça del Diamant, El espíritu de la colmena y El laberinto del fauno.” (Black Bread and the Other Ghosts of Postmemory: The “Phantom” and Intertextuality with The Time of the Doves, The Spirit of the Beehive and Pan’s Labyrinth) MLN, vol 131, no. 2, March 2016, pp. 517–535.

 

This article argues that the film Pa negre (Villaronga, 2010) questions the recreation of intergenerational transmissions of memory structures after the Spanish Civil War by means of the “ghosts of history,” the traces left in the present by silenced past events, as theorized by Jo Labanyi following Jacques Derrida. Pa negre revisits the motif of the birds in La plaça del Diamant (Rodoreda, 1962), the hidden and monstrous characters in El espíritu de la colmena (Erice, 1973), and the fairy tale morphology of El laberinto del fauno (del Toro, 2006), to show the tensions between the depiction of the “ghosts of history” and what I call “the other ghosts of postmemory,” a transgenerational transmission of which the affected wants to be set free in order to reaffirm his or her present self, which I theorize following the concept of the “phantom” developed by Nicholas Abraham and Maria Torok.

 

Inner Exile and Stateless National Identifications after the Spanish Civil War: Imagining the Basque Country in Ramon Saizarbitoria’s Ehun metro.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, vol. 92, no. 1, January 2015, pp. 53-68.

 

This study explores the representation of national identities and their relationship to inner exile in the Spanish translation of the Basque novel 100 metro, by Ramón Saizarbitoria, which narrates the last one hundred meters an ETA member runs before being shot to death by the police. According to its publishers, 100 metro is the first novel published originally in Basque that was translated into Spanish (as Cien metros). My reading questions Paul Ilie’s concept of inner exile (exile within the borders of one’s own nation) as it applies to stateless nations within the Spanish state. Ilie’s model considers inner exile a consequence of the split in the national unity caused by territorial exile, which does not exactly line up with the experiences of minority nations within the Spanish state. For the present analysis, inner exile is redefined as a conflict between the individual and the official national discourse and is used to examine national constructions within the Basque Country.

 

“Surrealismo, representaciones históricas y espacios postcoloniales en La novela del Indio Tupinamba de Eugenio F. Granell.” (Surrealism, Historical Representations and Postcolonial Spaces in The Novel of the Tupinamba Indian by Eugenio F. Granell) Hispanic Journal, vol 33, no. 2, Fall 2012, pp. 59-73.

 

“Mirando la nación desde La plaça del diamant y El carrer de les camèlies: periferias e identidades en dos novelas de Mercè Rodoreda.” (Looking at the Nation from The Time of the Doves and Camelias’ Street: Peripheries and Identities in Two Novels by Mercè Rodoreda) Tropos, vol. 35, 2009, pp. 104-22.

 

Libro de Alexandre, Libro de ‘los que ruegan’” (Libro de Alexandre, Book of ‘those who pray’) with Ana Marco González, Ábaco digital, 2001, n.p.

 

Book Review
Review of El corazón helado, by Almudena Grandes. Letras femeninas, Vol XXXVII, no. 1, 2011, pp. 256-57.

 

Other Publications
La Universidad de la desmemoria.” Letter to the editor. La nueva España 1 August 2016, p. 43.

 

PRESENTATIONS
Invited Lectures
“Spain and the Aftermath of the Great War.” The Great War and its Legacy Series, 2018, Edmond Low Library, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. (forthcoming)

 

“New Beginnings in Spanish 21st Century Cinema.” 26 October 2017, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, University of Oklahoma, Norman. (forthcoming)

 

“Entre la anécdota y el símbolo. Posibles espacios para los exilios de postguerra en la nación contemporánea.” (Between the Anecdote and the Symbol: Possible Spaces for post Spanish Civil War Exiles in the Contemporary Nation) Spanish Lecture Series, 23 September 2011, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

 

Conference Papers
“Espectáculo, robots, y el no-sujeto en Eva de Kike Maíllo (2011)” (Spectacle, robots and the non-subject in the Science-Fiction movie Eva by Kike Maíllo (2011)). Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, 21 April 2017, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

 

“Ciudadanía después del campo de concentración: La mirada ética de Jorge Semprún en sus obras autobiográficas” (Citizenship after the concentration camp: Jorge Semprún’s Ethical Gaze in his Autobiographical Works). VII International Conference of the Hispanic Association for the Humanities, 23 June 2016, University Carlos III, Madrid, Spain.

 

““La mediación cinematográfica de la postmemoria: Pa negre y su revisión de La plaça del Diamant, El espíritu de la colmena y El laberinto del fauno.” (Postmemory’s Cinematographic Mediation: Black Bread and its Revision of The Time of the Doves, The Spirit of the Beehive and Pan’s Labyrinth) III International Conference on History, Literature and Art on Spanish- and Portuguese-language Cinema, 25 June 2015, University of Salamanca, Spain.

 

“La niñez como lugar de memoria artística: Pa negre y su revisión de La Plaça del diamant, El espíritu de la colmena y El laberinto del fauno.” (Childhood as Site of Artistic Memory: Black Bread and its Revision of The Time of the Doves, The Spirit of the Beehive and Pan’s Labyrinth) Cine-Lit VIII, 20 February 2015, Portland, Oregon.

 

“México, Cataluña y la historia camuflada del exilio en Paraules d’Opoton el vell de Avel·lí Artís Gener.” (Mexico, Catalonia and Exile’s Camouflaged History in Words by Opoton the Elder by Avel·lí Artís Gener) South Central Modern Language Association, 21 October 2014, Austin, Texas.

 

“Cuba, España, Francia y Marruecos: Máscaras geográficas en la autobiografía de Juan Goytisolo” (Cuba, Spain, France and Morocco: Geographical Masks in Juan Goytisolo’s Autobiography) South Central Modern Language Association, 4 October 2013, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

“Beyond National Identities in Europe: A Postnational Reading of Jorge Semprún’s L’Écriture ou la Vie.” Towards Iberian Studies: A Conference, 11 April 2013, Ohio State University, Columbus

 

“Escribir después de la muerte: La identidad apátrida de Jorge Semprún.” (Writing after Death: The Stateless Identity of Jorge Semprún) South Central Modern Language Association, 8 November 2012, San Antonio, Texas.

 

“La periferia transnacional del exilio en Paraules d’Opoton el Vell de Avel·lí Artís Gener.” (The Transnational Periphery of Exile in Words by Opoton the Elder by Avel·lí Artís Gener) Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, 13 October 2012, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

 

“¿Es posible regresar a España? En busca de ubicación para la literatura de los exilios de la postguerra española en la nación contemporánea.” (Is it Possible to Come Back to Spain? Locating Exile Literature in the Contemporary Nation).Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, 16 April 2011, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

 

“¿‘Moro en todas partes’? Identidades versátiles en la autobiografía de Juan Goytisolo.” (‘Moor everywhere’? Versatile Identities in Juan Goytisolo’s Autobiography) Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, 25 March 2011, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

 

“Construcciones nacionales alternativas al discurso oficial en La colmena: Cela y el reto a la comunidad.” (Alternative National Constructions in The Hive: Cela and the Challenge to Community) Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, 8 May 2010, University of Cincinnati.

 

“Running Away from Spain? National Relations between Spain and the Basque Country in Ehun metro by Ramón Saizarbitoria.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, 17 April 2009, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

 

“Mirando la nación desde plazas y calles: lo local y lo global en la narrativa de Mercè Rodoreda” (Looking at the Nation from Plazas and Streets: the Local and the Global in Mercè Rodoreda’s Narrative) Tropos Graduate Student Conference, 25 October 2008, Michigan State University, East Lansing.

 

“Exile Art in The Exterminating Angel by Luis Buñuel” Edges Graduate Student Conference, 14 March 2008, Michigan State University, East Lansing.

 

La familia de Pascual Duarte y El misterio de la cripta embrujada: Representaciones del sujeto y la sociedad en la inmediata posguerra y el inmediato posfranquismo” (The Family of Pascual Duarte and The Mystery of the Bewitched Crypt, Representations of the Subject and the Social in the Early post-War and the Early post-Francoism) Literary Perspectives, Graduate Student Symposium on Hispanic Literatures, 20 October 2007, The Pennsylvania State University, State College.

 

“El surrealismo y el pensamiento exílico como de/reconstructor de discursos en La novela del Indio Tupinamba” (Surrealism and Exilic Thought as de/re-Constructor of Discourses in The Novel of the Tupinamba Indian) (De/Re)Constructed Identities in Iberian and Luso-Hispanic Literatures, 5 October 2007, University of Chicago.

 

“La canción de autor de Paco Ibáñez” (Paco Ibáñez, Singer-songwriter) Tropos Graduate Student Conference, 20 October 2006, Michigan State University, East Lansing.