Contemporary Spanish and Latin America Cinema; Contemporary Spanish Literature; Immigration; The Representation of Spain in Spanish Visual Culture
Lecturer in Spanish, Programme Director (Spanish)
Antonio graduated in English Studies at the University of North London and study a Masters at the Birkbeck College, University of London where he also did his PhD in contemporary Spanish Culture.
He joined the University of Stirling in 2001 at the Division of Literature and Languages where, currently, he is the Director of the Spanish and Latin American Program. He had previously worked as a lecturer at the Spanish and Latin American departments of Royal Holloway, Roehampton University and Birkbeck College.
My research interest has focused on contemporary Spanish literature; I have paid particular attention to the new generation of writers, mostly novelists who emerged into the Spanish literary scene throughout the 1980s and 1990s. I have also been involved in different projects that have examined the cultural representations, responses and possibilities triggered by the recent phenomena of international immigration that since the 1990s has transformed Spanish society. Similarly, I have also studied and written on the current redevelopment of the modern Spanish cities.
Most of my research has been focused on the city of Barcelona but it has also included Bilbao and Seville and considered the impact of international cultural events such as the Olympic Games and local ones such as Carnival.
Additionally, I have also published academic articles on contemporary Catalan theatre and particularly on the work of companies such as Comediants and La Fura del Baus. As result of this broad range of research interest I published a monograph, Postmodern Spain: A Cultural Analysis of 1980s-1990s Spanish Culture (Peter Lang, 2004) in which undertook an analysis of the Spanish culture produced during the last quearter of the twentieth century, focusing on four distinctive cultural areas from within a postmodern perspective.
More recently, I have been studying and writing on the concept of space in contemporary Spanish culture particularly, although not exclusively, on the diverse cinematographic representations of the city and the countryside.
The relationship between film and space is a critical one; not only because the emergence of the modern city coincides with the rise of cinema as a truly modern form of mass expression but also because visual images and particularly those disseminate through films shape our perception of space.
Therefore, cinema is still a crucial medium to create and explore the spatial realities, metaphors and fantasies belonging to contemporary Spain; its representations are arguably one of the most effective cultural forms to produce an alternative space within which personal views and social practices are explored.