Anna Casas Aguilar
My work explores the intimate connections between gender, nationalisms, and regionalisms in modern Spanish and Catalan literature and visual culture. I have also published on material culture, objects and the body in the Spanish-speaking world in peer-reviewed venues such as Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, and Romance Quarterly, and I have served as guest co-editor for a special volume of the Catalan Review.
My book Bilingual Legacies: Father Figures in Self-Writing from Barcelona (1975-2005) (forthcoming, University of Toronto Press), examines how authors who grew up during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship confronted and reconstituted the regime’s model of fatherhood and masculinity. The book focuses on the autobiographical works of writers born in Barcelona, including Carlos Barral, Juan Goytisolo, Terenci Moix and Clara Janés. In their works, these writers question the father as an all-powerful and repressive figure, firmly at the head of his family. Drawing on psychoanalysis as well as feminist, gender and autobiographical theory, the project contributes to current debates about gender identity and masculine subjectivity in the Spanish-speaking world.
I have started to work on a second book manuscript entitled Images of Difference: Regionalism and Tourism in Spain, 1960-2017. Through analyses of films, photographs, and advertisements, as well as government and citizens’ initiatives, including public protests against tourists and the tourist industry, this project addresses the central place of tourism in Spain from the 1960s to the present and how tourism has been a powerful force in reimagining Spain and its regions.