research & non-fiction

 

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I write fiction which focuses on issues of memory and absence through a variety of approaches: ghost stories, weird fiction, and fiction of the Anthropocene. My research practice is informed by these interests. My current doctoral work explores the connections between the Weird, the Gothic, and ecological fiction, drawing on Hauntology, nostalgia, and narrative theory. My interdisciplinary PhD explores the possibilities of intersecting creative practice with criticism: it integrates creative writing with a research section, which brings together literary criticism, publishing studies, and practice-based research.

I have taught, presented papers, and published articles on storytelling, narrative theory, and their connection with memory and ecological fiction. Other topics that interest me are genre publishing and translation, as well as heritage and its connection to publishing, libraries, and fiction. I work as a Faculty Librarian for Cambridge University, concentrating on Teaching and Learning Support, and occasionally do some affiliated teaching at Anglia Ruskin University. I teach on the Publishing Strand of the English BA (book history, 19th C. and 20th C. publishing), and on the MA in Science Fiction and Fantasy (genre publishing). I have also taught at other UK institutions (Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, Royal Holloway, Oxford University), as well as in the Madrid- and Barcelona-based MA in Publishing ‘Taller de los Libros’ (genre publishing). My full academic CV is available here.

Below are some of my academic and academic-related publications:

  • EDITED COLLECTION
    • Beyond the Back Room: New perspectives on Carmen Martín Gaite (co-edited with Jennifer Wood. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010) ISBN: 9783039118274 (Collection exploring the author’s connection with the Gothic, crossover literature, and the visual storytelling of her collage-making practice.)
  • BOOK CHAPTERS 
    • ‘La invasión de los ultracuerpos’: Ciencia Ficción: 100 Peliculas Imprescindibles (Sevilla: JotDown Books, 2015) ISBN: 9788494373304
    • ‘Stalker’: Ciencia Ficción: 100 Peliculas Imprescindibles (Sevilla: JotDown Books, 2015) ISBN: 9788494373304
    • ‘The Snow Queen’: Re-writing Andersen as a parable of Spanish desmemoria (Book chapter), in Beyond the Back Room: New perspectives on Carmen Martín Gaite (Peter Lang, 2010) ISBN: 9783039118274
  • ARTICLES & REVIEWS
    • Book review (weird fiction): ‘Challenger’: Science Fiction & Fantasy Network, Sep 9 2015
    • Article (fantasy/sf), ‘Spanish SF Round-up’: Science Fiction & Fantasy Network, Jul 7 2015
    • Article (fantasysf), ‘Meet the venco’: TLS-The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5659, p.22
    • Book review (fantasy/sf): ‘Black Arts: Enrique de Hériz The Manual of Darkness’,TLS-The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5669, p.19
    • Review (translation): ‘Spain’s great untranslated’,TLS-The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5745, p.27
    • Book review (fantasy/sf): ‘El perfume del cardamomo‘:TLS-The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5520, p.26
    • Book review (weird fiction): ‘Como una historia de terror’:TLS-The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5558, p.51
    • Article (narrative theory/storytelling): ‘Theatricality/Sexuality/Performance: identity construction in ‘Entre visillos’ and ‘Calle Mayor”: Studies in Hispanic cinemas, vol.3 #2, pp. 109-122, Intellect Journals ISSN-1478-0488
    • Article (narrative theory/storytelling): ‘A journey into the Labyrinth: intertextual readings in ‘Los amantes del Círculo Polar”: Journal of Iberian and Hispanic American Studies, vol.10 #2, pp. 205-212, Taylor & Francis ISSN-1470-1
  • CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
    • EcoFiction Reading: Gothic Nature International Conference-Creative Track (Trinity College Dublin, Nov 2017)
    • “‘[N]ature has at last escaped from their discipline and their fetters’: ostranenie and the ecological sublime in contemporary weird fiction”. Paper presented: WorldCon: The 75th World Science Fiction Convention-Academic Track ‘Environmental Anxieties’ (Helsinki, 9-13 Aug 2017)
    • Desmemoria and the problems of fiction'”. Paper presented: The Spanish Civil War: History, Memory, Representation (Cardiff University, 10 Feb 2008)
  • INTRODUCTIONS & FOREWORDS
    • ‘Surreal fairytales’: The Topless Tower, by Silvina Ocampo (Hesperus Press, 2010) ISBN: 9781843918554
    • ‘Steam + Punk’: Retrofuturismos (Fabulas de Albión, 2015) 9788494163777
    • ‘Los albores del cuento Gótico’: Transformación y otros cuentos, by Mary Shelley (Madrid: Paginas de Espuma) ISBN: 9788483930632

 

 

 

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