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 Daniel García-Donoso

 

Assistant Professor of  Spanish

Director of Graduate Studies

Director of Certificate in European Studies

204B McMahon Hall
202-319-5240

Email: garciadonoso@cua.edu

 

  

 

Education

PhD Yale University, 2012.

MA, MPhil Yale University, 2009.

Licenciatura Universidad de Córdoba, Spain, 2005.

Research

My area of research is the literary, cultural, and intellectual history of modern and contemporary Spain, with the particular purpose of re-evaluating religion as a critical category in a context often labeled as both post-religious and post-secular. At the heart of my work lies the conflicting intersection between ethics and progress in the literary imagination of the West, aiming at the creation of an interdisciplinary ground for discussing how religion is represented in Spanish literature and film in accord with its current role in an increasingly secular society. I am currently working on a book-length manuscript entitled “Sediments of Religion in Contemporary Spanish Fiction,” where I analyze works by Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Camilo José Cela, Miguel Delibes, Manuel Rivas, Alberto Méndez, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Arturo Pérez Reverte, Joan F. Mira, and Rafael Chirbes.

In recent years I also developed an interest in urban studies and its relationship with cultural production in the Spanish-speaking world, and have co-edited a volume of essays on The Sacred and Modernity in Urban Spain: Beyond the Secular City (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming). Other research and teaching interests include War, Memory, and Trauma, Film, and Transatlantic Studies, and several articles in these fields have appeared in journals such as Romance Studies, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, or Afro-Hispanic Review.

 

Select Publications

 

Books and Edited Volumes

The Sacred and Modernity in Urban Spain: Beyond the Secular City. Co-edited with Antonio Cordoba. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

"Introduction" (with Antonio Cordoba), “Searching the Soul of the City in Rafael Chirbes’s Crematorio”. The Sacred and Modernity in Urban Spain: Beyond the Secular City. Eds. Antonio Cordoba, Daniel García-Donoso. Forthcoming.

"Economías apocalípticas en el cine español de fines de siglo: El día de la bestia de Álex de la Iglesia." Hispanismos del mundo: diálogos y debates en (y desde) el Sur, vol IV. Coord. Leonardo Funes. Buenos Aires: Miño y Dávila, 2016. 165-73.

“La risa del fantasma: humor y memoria en El lápiz del carpintero de Manuel Rivas.” Romance Studies 33.3-4 (2015): 208-17.

“Visiones del absoluto en Jorge Luis Borges y Javier Marías: ‘Funes el memorioso’ y ‘Cuando fui mortal.’”Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 48.1 (marzo 2014): 75-94.

“La fiesta de la corrupción: educación, moral y juego en Cecilia Valdés.” Afro-Hispanic Review 26.2 (2007): 61-75.

 

 

Recent Conference Presentations

 

"Éxtasis del capital en la novela detectivesca de la posmodernidad española." XIX Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Münster, Germany,July 11-16.

“(Un)Building the Nation: The Disabled Citizen in Max Lemcke’s Cinco metros cuadrados.” 67th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. April 23-25, 2015.

 

 

Courses taught at CUA

 

Undergraduate
Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition I, II
Madrid through the Arts
Thinking Critically: Literature, Film, and Media in the Spanish-Speaking World
Memory of the Spanish Civil War: Literature, Cinema, and Culture
The City and the Urban Experience in Hispanic Literature and Film
Senior Research Seminar
European Culture: Multiculturalism and National Identity

 

Graduate
The Spirit of Modernity: Religion in 18th-21st century Spanish Fiction
War on Modernity, Modernities at War: Culture and the Spanish Civil War
Navigating the City: Representations of the Urban Space in 20th- and 21st-century Spanish Culture

 

Study Abroad

Discovering Madrid Through the Arts