Bio

PhD, Modern Spanish Literature, Stanford University, 2007
PhD, Humanities, Stanford University, 2007

I specialize in late eighteenth- to early twentieth-century Spanish literature, philosophy, and culture, including Enlightenment thought, interdisciplinary nineteenth-century studies, philosophy of science and the body, Gender Studies, social history of ideas in medicine, modernist aesthetics, 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 with Maria Truglio, 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. Throughout the summer of 2021, I will develop research on resuscitation as a François Chevalier Fellow at the Madrid Institute of Advanced Study. 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) is under contract with the Modern Constellation Series at Clemson UP. With Nil Santiáñez, I am co-editing the volume The Making of Iberian Modernisms, which will interrogate not only the connections among Portuguese, Galician, Basque, Catalan, and Spanish modernisms, but also the complex ways in which they grew out of various currents of thought across a range of fields throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My articles on Spanish literature, philosophy, and culture have appeared in Revista Hispánica ModernaHispanic Review, Revista de Estudios HispánicosBulletin of Spanish StudiesBulletin of Hispanic StudiesRevista Canadiense de Estudios HispánicosAnales de la literatura española contemporáneaRomance Notes, Cincinnati Romance ReviewLatin American Literary ReviewLuso-Brazilian Review, and Insula, among others. My courses include “Liberty and Liberalism in Spain, 1808-1939,” “Spanish Romanticism,” “The City as Text: Theorizing Urban Landscapes (Madrid),” “The Dilemma of Modernity in Spain,” “Changing the Subject: Literature in Italy and Spain 1880-1914,” “The Spanish Avant-garde,” “Decadentism, Eroticism, and the Diseased Imagination,” and “The Spanish Civil War and its Aftermath.”

I am the co-director of the Spanish and Italian Studies Forum at PSU. I am also the recipient of 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 visit McGill-Queen’s UP website (Our Series) or follow the MQUP link below.