My research is interdisciplinary and spans the fields of Hispanic Studies and Film and Audiovisual Cultures. Broadly, I am interested in questions of identity and representation, particularly in the context of marginalised subject positions. While my research to date has focused on cinema and feature-length fiction film in particular, I am expanding this to consider audiovisual cultures more broadly, through documentary and television/streaming series.
My monograph, Subversive Spanish Cinema: The Politics of Performance (Bloomsbury, 2020), considers the diverse articulations of performance in the works of some of Spain's key contemporary filmmakers. It traces the subversive use of performance in narrative, thematic, and conceptual terms in contemporary Spanish cinema and locates the origins of this approach in the oeuvres of left-wing alternative filmmaking currents under Franco. The book explores the following ideas: performing pastness; performing identities; metaperformances; and performance as catharsis and therapy.
My current research focuses on two key areas. Firstly, I am working on a monograph on the films of Spanish sociorealist filmmaker Fernando León de Aranoa, under contract with Manchester University Press to form part of their Spanish and Latin American Filmmakers series. The monograph considers each of his films in turn within the context of wider questions concerning the development of the Spanish cinematic industry during the democratic era. I am interested in questions of genre, language, and transnationalism, as well as in his emphasis on storytelling as a key facet of filmmaking.
My second ongoing project concerns intersections between gender and sound in contemporary Spanish audiovisual cultures. The case studies for this project span distinct spheres: feature-length fiction film, documentary, and television/streaming series. My focus is on works in which there are prominent female creatives behind the scenes, with a view to interrogating the dynamics between a strong female presence offscreen and depictions of gender onscreen. The wider context for this project is the postfeminist impulse, characterised by movements such as #MeToo and #MasMujeres, to impel women to use their voice and speak up/out about systemic inequalities, biases, and abuses they have experienced both within and beyond contemporary audiovisual production industries.