About

My main academic interests are Spanish-speaking science fiction in all media (literature, film, TV, and comic books), and the intersection of modernity and the sacred. I am currently working on two book projects. One explores how contemporary Spanish science fiction maps out the exhaustion of the political imagination in contemporary Spain and tries to envision possible ways to break out of this impasse. The other monograph looks into the ways in which modern and contemporary Argentine, Cuban, and Mexican science fiction reimagines the concept of sovereignty. I am also coediting a volume on materiality and the cultures of death in contemporary Spain.

Education


  • Ph.D. Harvard University.

  • M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • B.A. University of Sevilla.

Other Publications

Book.

  • ¿Extranjero en tierra extraña? El género de la ciencia ficción en América Latina. Sevilla: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Sevilla, 2011. Link.


Edited Volumes.

  • Flesh, Rite, and Stone: Cultures of Death in Contemporary Spain, 1959-2016. Edited by Antonio Cordoba and Daniel García-Donoso. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press. Forthcoming.

  • The Sacred and Modernity in Urban Spain: Beyond the Secular City. Edited by Antonio Cordoba and Daniel García-Donoso. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Articles by Samuel Llano, Wan Sonya Tang, Sara Muñoz-Muriana, Alberto Medina, Sarah Thomas, William Viestenz, Antonio Cordoba, Daniel García-Donoso, Nathan Richardson, Tatiana Alekseeva and Esteve Sanz. Afterword by Joan Ramon Resina. Link.


Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters.

  • “Genealogía, vulnerabilidad y mutación en Iris (2014), de Edmundo Paz Soldán.” Mutantes y monstruos: biopolítica y ciudadanía en la cultura latinoamericana. Edited by María del Carmen Caña Jiménez. Raleigh: Editorial A Contracorriente, 2020. Forthcoming.

  • “Aliens, Mutants, Cyborgs, Digital Selves: Avatars of the Posthuman in Latin American Science Fiction.” Peter Lang Companion to Latin American Science Fiction Studies. Edited by Silvia G. Kurlat Ares and Ezequiel de Rosso. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019. Link. Forthcoming.

  • “Spanish Science Fiction Film in Times of Emergency: Crisis and Entrapment in Nacho Vigalondo’s Extraterrestrial and David and Álex Pastor’s The Last Days.” European Film and Television: Crisis Narratives and Narratives in Crisis. Edited by Betty Kaklamanidou and Ana Corbalán. New York: Routledge, 2019. 51-64. Link.

  • “Los niños perdidos zombis: La España postsecular y los descontentos con la memoria histórica en [REC]2.” [The Lost Zombie Children: Postsecular Spain and the Discontents with Historical Memory in [REC]2]. Alambique: Revista académica de ciencia ficción y fantasía, vol. 6, no. 1, December 2018. Link.

  •  “(De)Mythologizing the Disabled: Chilean Freaks in Roberto Bolaño’s El Tercer Reich and Estrella distante.” In Freakish Encounters: Constructions of the Freak in Hispanic Cultures. Ed. Sara Muñoz-Muriana and Analola Santana. Hispanic Issues Online, Vol. 20Fall 2018. 77-96. Link.

  • “Between Moscow and Santa Clara: The Soviet Cuban Imaginary in Agustín de Rojas’ Espiral (1980).” Science Fiction Circuits of the East and South. Edited by Anindita Banerjee and Sonja Fritzsche. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018. 75-98. Link.

  • “Precarious Life in the High Rise: Neoliberal Urban Interiors in Rec (2007) and Mientras duermes (2011).” Gender in Spanish Urban Spaces: Literary and Visual Narratives of the New Millennium. Edited by Maria DiFrancesco and Debra Ochoa. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 269-288. Link.

  • “Astral Cities, New Selves: Utopian Subjectivities in Nosso Lar and Branco Sai, Preto Fica.” In Space and Subjectivity in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema. Edited by Antônio Márcio da Silva and Mariana Cunha. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 133-147. Link.

  • “‘Let Me Enter the Heaven of Her Consciousness’: Cosmopolitan Ghosts in Adolfo Bioy Casares’ The Invention of Morel.” Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana, vol. 46, no. 1, May 2017. 102-113. Link.

  • “Urban Avatars of ‘El Maligno’: Sacredness in Alex de la Iglesia’s El día de la Bestia and Manuel Martín Cuenca’s Caníbal.” The Sacred and Modernity in Urban Spain: Beyond the Post-Secular City. Edited by Antonio Cordoba and Daniel García-Donoso. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 119-137. Link.

  • “Introduction.” With Daniel García-Donoso.The Sacred and Modernity in Urban Spain: Beyond the Post-Secular City. Edited by Antonio Cordoba and Daniel García-Donoso. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. xiii-xxvii. Link.

  • “‘¿Qué hay detrás de la ventana’: Oralidad delirante y el enigma de la voz en Los detectives salvajes de Roberto Bolaño.” Vanderbilt e-Journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies 7, 2011. 87-108. Link.


Book Reviews.

García Caro, Pedro. “After the Nation: Postnational Satire in the Works of Carlos Fuentes and Thomas Pynchon.” Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea vol. 22, no. 71, May-Aug. 2017.

Projects


  • Exhausted Futures: Science Fiction and the Limits of Political Imagination in Contemporary Spain (in preparation).

  • Strange Sovereignties: Posthumanism and Political Communities in Argentine, Cuban, and Mexican Science Fiction, 1976-2018 (in preparation)

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