In my research and teaching, I explore the intimate connections between gender, nationalisms, and regionalisms in modern Spanish and Catalan literature and visual culture.
My book manuscript, Fatherhood in Spain after Dictatorship, examines how numerous authors who grew up in Catalonia during Francisco Franco’s regime confronted and reconstituted the model of fatherhood and masculinity during the transition to democracy in the late 1970s and 1980s. The book focuses on the autobiographical and autofictional works of male and female writers born in Barcelona, including Carlos Barral, Clara Janés, Terenci Moix and Juan Goytisolo. These writers question the father as an all-powerful and repressive figure, firmly at the head of his family. Drawing on psychoanalysis, feminist, queer and autobiographical theory, the project contributes to current debates about gender subjectivity, masculinities and regional and national identities in the Spanish-speaking world. I argue that the critique of the father figure plays a central role in these authors’ writing projects. I have published an article related to this project that focuses on Carlos Barral’s linguistic subjectivity in the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos and I will submit the book manuscript to a university press in the summer of 2018.
My second book project, Images of Difference: Regionalism and Tourism in Spain, 1960-2017, casts light on how tourism has shaped national and regional identities in Spain. Through the analysis of films, photographs and advertisements as well as government and citizens’ initiatives, this research addresses the ambivalent discourse that has been forged around tourism in Spain from the 1960s to the present. While scholars have often asserted the difference between the discourses surrounding tourism that took place during the dictatorship and the ones that emerged under democracy, this project highlights the continuities. It challenges the emphasis on the role of post-1978 regional governments in liberating regional identities after a long period of centralization. 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. In the light of the unstable political situation in Catalonia, ongoing sovereignty movements in Flanders and Scotland and the United Kingdom’s changing relationship with Europe, understanding regional identities has become even more pressing. I am currently completing an article related to this project that analyzes tourism-based protest culture in Spain. This project has been supported by several grants from UBC, which have enabled me to hire and mentor graduate students and undertake preliminary archival research in Spain.