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Associate Professor • Associate Chair for Graduate Studies • Co-Director, Study Abroad Global Seminar in Barcelona
Spanish and Portuguese

Research Areas

20th Century Spanish and Catalan literature and culture; the essay form and its relationship to the construction of national identities; theories of emotion; intellectual history; critical theory.


  • Imperial Emotions: Cultural Responses to Myths of Empire in Fin-de-Siècle Spain. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2013. The book reconsiders debates about historical memory from the perspective of the theory of emotions. Its main claim is that the demise of the Spanish empire in 1898 spurred a number of contradictory emotional responses, ranging from mourning and melancholia to indignation, pride, and shame. It shows how intellectuals sought to reimagine a post-Empire Spain by drawing on myth and employing a predominantly emotional register, a contention that departs from current scholarly depictions of the fin-de-siècle crisis in Spain that largely leave the role of both emotions and imperial myths in that crisis unexplored.

Edited Journal Issue

Selected Articles

  • “Francisco Ayala’s Postwar Liberalism: Ideology and Experience.” Anales de la literatura española contemporánea 41.4 (2016): 219-243.
  • ​“The Battle for Emotional Hegemony in Republican Spain (1931-1936).” Engaging the Emotions in Spanish Culture and History. Ed. Luisa Elena Delgado, Pura Fernández, and Jo Labanyi. Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, 2016. 141-158.
  • “Emotions and Nationalism: The Case of Joan Maragall’s Compassionate Love of Country.” Hispanic Research Journal 15.3 (2014): 191-208.
  • “Ángel Ganivet’s Idearium español as Fin de siècle Imperial Melancholia.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 65.2 (2012): 181-197.
  • “Notes on the Conflicting Uses of the Imperial Past: Spain in 1892.” Anales de la literatura española contemporánea 36.1 (2011): 133-162.
  • “Josep Maria de Sagarra and the Ethics of Catalanism.” Catalan Review 23 (2009): 71-93.

  • “Visión parcial del enemigo íntimo: la Gran Guerra como antesala de la Guerra Civil.” Vanderbilt e-Journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies 5 (2009): 155-176.

  • “El centenario de Francisco Ayala entre la filología y la alegoría.” Anales de la literatura española contemporánea 34.1 (2009): 109-136.
  • “El ensayismo nacional en tiempos de posnacionalismo.” The Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies 5 (2007): 1-22.
  • “El problema de España en el exilio: Indagación de una polémica en las páginas de Realidad (1947-1949).” Escritores, editoriales y revistas del exilio republicano de 1939. Ed. Manuel Aznar Soler. Sevilla: Renacimiento, 2006. 931-938.
  • “América o la disolución de la autenticidad: intelectuales y exilio.” Crítica & ficção, ainda. Ed. Raúl Antelo. Florianópolis: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 2006. 133-58.