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Patricia Garcia

Associate Professor in Spanish and Comparative Literary Studies, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Arts

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Teaching Summary

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

Research Summary

My research focuses on literary spatiality and its intersection with other fields such as the fantastic, feminisms and the contemporary short story. I am particularly interested in the how concepts… read more

Selected Publications

I teach in the areas of modern Spanish and Latin American short fiction and Comparative Literature. 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.

Current Research

My research focuses on literary spatiality and its intersection with other fields such as the fantastic, feminisms and the contemporary short story. I am particularly interested in the how concepts of space and place are applicable to the study of the literary text (see for example my book Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature: the Architectural Void, Routledge, 2015). I am a member of the Spanish Research Group on the Fantastic (GEF, Grupo de Estudios de lo Fantástico) and part of the editorial board of the academic journal BRUMAL.

In the area of Translation Studies, my interests lie in feminism and intellectual history of translation and reception. I collaborate as a reviewer with Ireland Literature Exchange.

I has delivered guest lectures in Ireland, Spain, France, Lebanon and India, and have been recipient of the Irish Research Council doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships (2009-2012, and 2014), the Liam Swords fellowship at the Centre Culturel Irlandais of Paris (2014), the resident fellowship of the International Writers' and Translators' Centre of Rhodes (2015), the British Academy Small Research Grant (2017-2018), the University of Nottingham Pro-Vice Chancellor Research Grant (2018) and the EURIAS fellowship at the Helsinki Centre for Advanced Studies (2018-2019).

I am currently supervising several PhD projects in the areas of geopoetics and Comparative Literature and border studies in 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

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 Modern European City and the Fantastic (a comparative literature study of 19th century short fiction with an impossible element)

Funded by: Liam Sword Foundation (2014), PVC Research Fund, University of Nottingham (2017-2018), EURIAS fellowship (2018-2019)

Duration: 2014-2019

Description: I am currently writing on a monograph that investigates the interconnections between the European city and the aesthetics of the impossible in 19th century literature. 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?

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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