Casas Head Shot F-13I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia. I completed my  PhD in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Toronto in 2013. My research and teaching focus on contemporary peninsular literature, gender and cultural studies.

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 male writers born in Catalonia, including Carlos Barral, Juan Marsé, Terenci Moix and the brothers Juan and Luis Goytisolo. In their works, mostly published during the first decade after the return to democracy in 1975, 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. I argue that the critique of the father figure plays a central role in these authors’ writing projects and in pushing for new gender models after the dictatorship.

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.