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Patricia Garcia

Assistant Professor, Spanish Portuguese and Latin American Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Teaching Summary

I teach in the areas of modern Spanish and Latin American short fiction and the fantastic. In my final year undergraduate module "R43138: Monsters in Contemporary Spanish Fiction", my students are… read more

Research Summary

My research is mainly in the areas of contemporary Hispanic short fiction, comparative history of the Fantastic, teratology and human geography and literature. In Comparative Literature, I am… read more

I teach in the areas of modern Spanish and Latin American short fiction and the fantastic. In my final year undergraduate module "R43138: Monsters in Contemporary Spanish Fiction", my students are introduced to representations and interpretations of monstrosity in literature from the narratological, cultural and psychoanalytical angles.

My joint appointment with the Centre for Translation and Comparative Culture Studies also involves teaching in the areas of interpreting and translation theory. In particular I aim to develop Comparative Literature approaches applied to translation studies.

I am recipient of the British Academy Small Research Grant, was awarded the ​Irish Research Council Doctoral Scholarship and the Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Scholarship in the area of Comparative Literature with a Hispanic focus. I have previously lectured at Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and Instituto Cervantes Dublin. I have also delivered invited lectures in Lebanon, India, Spain, France and Ireland and have been a research fellow at the Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris, 2014) and guest writer in residence at the International Writers Centre of Rhodes (2015).

Current Research

My research is mainly in the areas of contemporary Hispanic short fiction, comparative history of the Fantastic, teratology and human geography and literature. In Comparative Literature, I am particularly interested in the philosophies of space and their application to the study of literature. My work tries to merge literary analysis with classical questions of space related to urban studies, architecture and anthropology (see for example my book Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature: the Architectural Void, Routledge, 2015). As a member of the Spanish Research Group on the Fantastic (GEF, Grupo de Estudios de lo Fantástico), I am part of the editorial board of the academic journal BRUMAL and I am involved in the organisation of a biennial international conference on the Fantastic at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

In the area of Translation Studies, my research interests lie in literary translation (20th century Spanish-English), intellectual history of translation and reception, ethics, activism and censorship in translation/interpreting. I collaborate as a reviewer with Ireland Literature Exchange.

I am currently supervising several PhD projects working on: - Geopoetics and Comparative Literature.

- Borders and Deserts in Irish and Mexican Narcoliterature.

Research Project: Gender and the Fantastic in Hispanic Studies

Funded by: British Academy, Small Research Grant

Duration: April 2017- Sept 2018

PI: Dr Patricia García

Members: Prof. Ann Davies (U. of Stirling), Prof. Catherine Davies (UL), Prof. Abigail Lee Six (Royal Holloway), Dr David Roas (UAB), Dr Natalia Álvarez (U. de León), Dr Teresa López-Pellisa (UB), Dr Raquel Velázquez (UB), Cristina Fernández Cubas (Spanish author),Kathryn Phillips-Miles (translator), Simon Deefholts (translator), Margaret Jull Costa (Honorary Professor in Spanish and Translation at the University of Nottingham)

Description: The fantastic is particularly prolific in Hispanic countries during the 20th and 21st centuries, largely due to the legacy of short story writers such as Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar as well as the Latin-American boom, which presented alternatives to the predominant model of literary realism. However, the presence of Hispanic women writers of the fantastic on set texts in Higher Education modules, libraries, anthologies, bookshops and academic research in the UK and beyond is extremely limited. Seeking to address this gap, the aim of this project is to explore the Hispanic fantastic from a feminist perspective.

The activities planned for this purpose include a research workshop, a translation workshop, a literary round table and a collaborative publication as a special issue. Together with Dr Teresa López-Pellisa, I am also developing an anthology of short stories by women writers from Spain and Latin America (Manchester UP), with a critical introduction to the fantastic and to the selected short stories.

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Research Project: The European City and the Fantastic: Metropolitan Space and Literature from the 19th to the 21st Centuries

Funded by: Liam Sword Foundation (2014), PVC Research Fund, University of Nottingham (2017-2018)

Duration: 2014-2019

Description: I am currently writing on a monograph that investigates the interconnections between the European city and literature of the fantastic. While the European city as a literary trope has received considerable academic attention, most scholars have concentrated exclusively on realist novels. What can we learn about the European city from fictions of the fantastic? The city in Europe and the discourse of the fantastic are interrelated at many levels: transformations of the European city modify how the impossible is written and, correspondingly, fantastic narratives are fundamental testimonies of urban metamorphoses. This intersection remains to be explored in depth in literary and urban criticism, as well as in European history studies.

For a complete publication list and samples, check my Academia.edu profile

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Past Research

Lo fantástico en la literatura, el cine y la televisión españoles. Teoría e Historia (1955-2013)

Funded by: the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Spain.

Duration: 2014-2017

PI: Dr David Roas (U. Autónoma de Barcelona), Grupo de Estudios de lo Fantástico (GEF)

Members: David Roas, David Viñas, Natalia Álvarez, Teresa López-Pellisa, Rubén Sánchez Trigos, Patricia García, Raquel Velázquez y Lola López

Outcomes: biennial conference Visiones de lo fantástico, research workshops, book Historia de lo fantástico en la cultura española contemporánea (1900-2015). Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana Vervuert, free-access online database

Website: http://www.lofantastico.com/proyectos-de-investigacioacuten.html

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