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, and my research is informed by these interests. My current practice-based doctoral research explores the communication impact of climate change through, in particular, surreal/speculative female fiction, although it touches on several forms of storytelling and art-making. This work is partially funded by a Staff Research Grant from Anglia Ruskin University.

I have taught, presented papers, and published articles on storytelling, narrative theory, both textual and visual, and their connection with memory, identity, and nature, in particular their absences or loss. My collection of short stories, Lost Objects, explored these topics. My collection of edited essays on Carmen Martín Gaite explored the author’s connection with memory or narrative genres such as the gothic and the fairy-tale tradition, as well as the visual storytelling of her collage-making practice. A further strand I am developing incorporates ideas about archiving and memory through creative writing and collage, and the storytelling possibilities of these knowledge making practices.

I work for Cambridge University libraries, and occasionally do some affiliated teaching at Anglia Ruskin. I teach book history topics, (the rise of the library, 19th C. and 20th C. publishing, etc.), on the English BA, as well as on the MA in Science Fiction and Fantasy. 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’.

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 (.)
  • 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 (uncanny fiction), ‘On Myth and Memory: Daisy Johnson’s Fen and Everything Under‘, Vol. 1 Brooklyn
    • Article (speculative fiction), ‘Meet the venco’: TLS-The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5659, p.22
    • Book review (speculative fiction): ‘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 (speculative fiction): ‘El perfume del cardamomo‘:TLS-The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5520, p.26
    • Book review (speculative fiction): ‘Como una historia de terror’:TLS-The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5558, p.51
    • Article (narrative theory/storytelling): ‘Theatricality/Sexuality/Performance: Storytelling and identity construction in Carmen Martín Gaite and Juan Antonio Bardem’: 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 Medem’s 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
    • ‘Fragments on a Frozen Planet: EcoStorytelling Reading from Lost Objects‘: Gothic Nature International Conference-Practice-based Research 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
    • ‘Narrativas laberínticas: los albores del cuento gótico anglosajón’: Transformación y otros cuentos, by Mary Shelley (Madrid: Paginas de Espuma) ISBN: 9788483930632

Illustration: Collage by Carmen Martín Gaite