Fernandez-MedinaPhD, Modern Spanish Literature, Stanford University, 2007
PhD, Humanities, Stanford University, 2007

My research and teaching interests focus on Spanish and Iberian literature and culture between the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries, including Enlightenment thought, Romanticism, interdisciplinary nineteenth-century studies, the history of medicine, the fin de siglo, decadence, women’s literature, Modernist Studies, and the Avant-garde.

My books include Life Embodied: The Promise of Vital Force in Spanish Modernity (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2018), Modernism and the Avant-garde Body in Spain and Italy (co-edited, New York: Routledge, 2016), and The Poetics of Otherness in Antonio Machado’s ‘Proverbios y cantares’ (U of Wales P, 2011). My current monograph titled Raising the Dead: The Science and Literature of Resuscitation in Spain explores Spanish modernity’s unending fascination with the life/death divide and analyzes the numerous social narratives of existence and mortality that have shaped Spain’s cultural imaginary. My translation and critical edition of Ramón Gómez de la Serna’s early autobiography Morbideces (1908) and his manifesto “El concepto de la nueva literatura” (1909) will appear with the Modernist Constellation Series at Clemson UP. I serve as General Managing Editor for Brill’s A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Iberian Peninsula: A Companion. 4 Vols., which brings together a team of dozens of scholars to prepare an extensive history of avant-garde cultural production in the Iberian Peninsula. My articles on Spanish literature, philosophy, and culture have appeared in Revista Hispánica Moderna, Hispanic Review, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Anales de la literatura española contemporánea, Romance Notes, Cincinnati Romance Review, Latin American Literary Review, Luso-Brazilian Review, and Insula, among others. In 2021, I was invited to serve on the PMLA Advisory Committee.

I am also the recipient of the François Chevalier Fellowship from the Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies (2020), the Edward and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund (2016), Institute of Arts and Humanities Resident Scholar Grant (2012-2013), Richard Rorty Fellowship from the Benjamin Franklin Institute at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (2010), as well the Team-Teaching Grant and Challenge Grant from the Institute of Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2008). I was awarded Stanford University’s distinguished Centennial Teaching Award in 2007. In 2005, I had the honor of participating as a respondent to the roundtable debates commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Príncipe de Asturias Awards in Oviedo, Spain.

I am the Series Editor of the Iberian and Latin American Cultures monographic series with McGill-Queen’s UP. I am always eager to receive proposals for innovative and interesting books. To reach me with a book proposal, please contact me directly or visit McGill-Queen’s UP website.

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