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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Jill Robbins

Professor Ph.D., University of Kansas

Jill Robbins

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Biography

Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.    Author of Frames of Referents: The Postmodern Poetry of Guillermo Carnero (Bucknell UP, 1997), editor of P/Herversions: Critical Studies of Ana Rossetti (Bucknell UP, 2004), and co-editor of a special issue of Studies in 20th/21stCentury Literature on “Rethinking Spain from Across the Seas” (2006).  My most recent book, Crossing Through Chueca: Lesbian Literary Identities in Queer Madrid (U of Minnesota, 2011) looks at the ways in which aesthetics, politics, economics, gender and architecture converge in the book industry (bookstores, publishing houses, websites) in a particular historical moment, from the end of the movida madrileña in 1989 through the legalization of gay marriage in 2005.  My current project, We Were All on Those Trains: The Poetry of 11-M, studies the representations in recent Spanish poetry of violence, solidarity, and memory, as these intersect with ethnic, sexual, gender, linguistic and religious otherness, globalization, communication technology, and nationalisms. I focus my analysis on the response to the Islamist terrorist bombings of working-class commuter trains in Madrid on March 11, 2004 (known in Spain as 11M). This event, which occurred days before national elections, exposed the contradictory cultural forces that underlie notions of national identity, economic transformation, the role of the media, and the social contract in Spain today. My project examines the use of poetry to reflect a broader and extremely palpable social impulse to make sense of the violence, to grieve and to memorialize the victims.

Interests

20th Century Spanish Culture, Spanish Poetry, Trans-Atlantic Studies, Ethics, Gender
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