center for women and gender studies
logo for center for women and gender studies

Jill Robbins

Associate FacultyPh.D., University of Kansas

Jill Robbins



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. 



WGS 393 • Queer Hispanic Lit And Culture

48928 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm MEZ 1.204
(also listed as SPN 380M)



SPN 380M: Teoría queer transatlántica

University of Texas at Austin


Prof. Jill Robbins                                    

Office: BEN 4.138            

Office Hours: M: 2-4, F 11-1

Phone: 232-4516



Prof. Héctor Domínguez Ruvalcaba           

Office: BEN 3.130              

Office Hours: T, Th 1:00-2:00 and 3:30-4:00

Phone: 471-2780



The main objective of this course is to review queer representations, criticism and politics in the Hispanic world from a transatlantic perspective. A selection of literary works, films, and works of art, as well as critical and theoretical materials, will be the object of discussion. The topics we are going to address are: gender, transvestism, camp aesthetics, family, the politics of the closet, use of space, migration, globalization, law, activism, violence and health, as related to sexualities in Spain and Spanish America.


Grade criteria


25 %            Short essay: An analysis, 7-10 pages in length, as a preliminary version of the final paper. To be turned in on October 29th.

15%            Annotated Bibliography: should include 10 entries including: critical texts, dissertations, book reviews, websites and literary histories related to the topic of the term paper. To be turned in on October 13th.

20%             Oral Presentation: In the last week of the course, students will present their term papers in 20 minutes followed by a group discussion.

40%     Final Essay: 18-20 pages and must be turned in no later than December 10th. It will consist of criticism of literary works, films and/or art works that have not been included in the syllabus. Students may talk to the professors regarding their final project. MLA style is required.


Course Policies:


Only 2 absences are allowed without penalty. After the 2nd one, a point from the final grade will be reduced for each absence, except when valid and documented excuse is presented: conference attendance, illness, death, accidents, court attendance, etc. (family reunions or non-emergency travels are not excusable).


Only when a student has a valid excuse, will he or she be allowed to turn in assignments after the scheduled date.


Students must talk to the professors in their offices when they have any concerns with grades, class performance, and other issues related to the class.


Professors must give grades of assignments at least one week after student presented or turned them in.


Professors will give general feedback in class after each assignment or any time students request it. They also will be available in office hours or by appointment (in case of schedule conflict) to talk about the progress of any particular student.


Professors will make themselves available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that a student may require as a student with a disability. Before course accommodations will be made, students will be required to provide documentation prepared by the Services for Students with Disabilities Office (SSD). To ensure that the most appropriate accommodations can be provided, students should contact the SSD Office at 471-6259 or 471-4641. For more information, read regulations for Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities


Scholastic dishonesty: students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from The University of Texas. Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. For more information, visit Student Judicial Services (SJS) at





Agosto                        27            Distribución del horario. Estructura de la clase.


Para el 1: Jagose (entero); Artículo de Altman (en blackboard), “Rupture or Continuity? The Internationalization of Gay Identities”; artículo de Paul Julian Smith (en blackboard): “Los estudios lesbianos y gays en el mundo anglosajón y en el estado español.”


Septiembre            1            Queer Theory: conceptos básicos.

                                    Para el 3: Butler (en blackboard)


                          3            La construcción del género

Para el 8: Sedgwick (en blackboard)



 8            El armario

Para el 10: Preciado, “La lógica del dildo o las tijeras de Derrida,” “Breve genealogía de los juguetes sexuales o de cómo Butler descubrió el vibrador,” “Tecnologías del sexo”


                        10            El discurso científico , la tecnología y lo queer

                                    Para el 15: Bodas de sangre

            Artículo de Carlos Jerez-Farrán sobre Lorca (en blackboard): Ojo: es sobre El público.

            Artículo de Paul Julian Smith (en blackboard): “García Lorca/ Almodóvar : Gender, Nationality, and the Limits of the Visible.”


                        15            Bodas de sangre

            Para el 17: Cernuda: Los placeres prohibidos (libro entero), “Birds in the Night” (de Desolación de la Quimera)

            Lucía Sánchez Saornil (poemas escogidos)

            Artículo de Godoy (en blackboard): “Luis Cernuda: Historia y deseo en Los placeres prohibidos.” Artículo de Elena Castro. Capítulo de Gary Atwood.


                        17            Poesía gay/lésbica española de vanguardias

            Para el 22: Villaurrutia, Novo La estatua de sal, Quiroga “Nostalgia for Sex” (en Blackboard),


                        22            Villaurrutia, Novo

                                    Para el 24: Jaime Gil de Biedma (poemas escogidos)

                                    Artículo de Enrique Alvarez. “La ambigüedad nostálgica del ‘yo’”


                        24             Jaime Gil de Biedma o el armario del franquismo

                                    Para el 29: Ofelia Rodríguez. La vida manda.


                        29            Ofelia Rodríguez

                                    Para el 1: Néstor Perlongher y Sabina Berman.


Octubre            1            Perlonguer, Berman  Jill y Héctor en Quito

                                    Para el 6: Puig


                         6            Narrativa gay latinoamericana: Puig

                                    Para el 8: Bellatin

                         8            Bellatin

                                    Para el 13 Pedro Lemebel. Loco afán


                        13            Pedro Lemebel


                        15            Camiruaga. Casa Particular; Las minas de las minas.

                                    Para el 20: Esther Tusquets. El mismo mar de todos los veranos.

                                    Artículos críticos en blackboard.


                        20            El mismo mar de todos los veranos.

                        22            El mismo mar de todos los veranos.

                                    Para el 27: Donoso. Un lugar sin límites


                        27            Donoso

                                    Para el 29. Arturo Ripstein. Un lugar sin límites (film)


                        29            Un lugar sin límites



Noviembre            3            Selección de arte queer en Latinoamérica y España


                         5            Prof. Tejada. Guest lecturer.

                                    Jill en Kansas, Héctor en Cd. Juárez

                                    Para el 12: Ocaña,

                                    Leer Garlinger. “What’s Camp Got To Do With It?


                        10            Ocaña Para el 12 Blossoms of Fire

                        12            Blossoms of Fire

                                    Para el 17: La ley del deseo


                        17        La ley del deseo

                                    Para el 19: Con Pedigree


                        19            Con Pedigree

                        24             Isabel Franc

                        26            Thanksgiving Break


Diciembre            1            Presentación de trabajos finales

                         3            Presentación de trabajos finales

Diciembre            10            7:00 p.m. Conclusiones.  Entregar ensayos.

                                    1719 Ben Crenshaw Way 





Curriculum Vitae

Profile Pages

External Links

  •   Map
  • Center for Women's & Gender Studies

    The University of Texas at Austin
    Burdine Hall 536
    2505 University Avenue, A4900
    Austin, Texas 78712