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Katy Ross

Professor of Spanish

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Areas of expertise

I love teaching Spanish language classes. Language learning is fun and exciting. I also enjoy teaching about twentieth and twenty-first century peninsular Spanish literature and film, especially focusing on issues of race and gender. 

 


Education

PhD,University of Texas 2004
MA,University of Kansas 1997
BA,Davidson College 1995

Positions

Professor of Spanish
Southwestern University
August 01, 2005 - present

Research

Most of my publications focus on the works of Lucía Etxebarria. In 1999, I discovered her first novel, Amor, curiosidad, Prozac y dudas, at a bookstore in Madrid, and from that point on, I have followed her career. I also investigate questions of gender and representation in other contemporary Spanish authors and directors. 


Publications

Book:

The Changing Face of Motherhood in Spain: The Social Construction of Motherhood in the Works of Lucía Etxebarria. Bucknell, PA: Bucknell University Press: 2016.

Journal articles:

"The Failed Quest-Romance: Lucía Etxebarria's Nosotras que no somos como las demás". Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures (Summer 2016): forthcoming.

“Bigas Luna's Cycle of Spanishness”. Hispanic Journal 35.2 (Fall 2014): 63-75.

“From Feminism to Post-Feminism: Acts of Violence in Alicia Giménez-Bartlett’s Ritos de muerte (1996)”. Co-written with Violeta Gómez. Monographic Review / Revista monográfica 28 (2012): 115-130.  

“¡Mami qué buena estás! Representations of the Immigrant Woman in I love you baby.” Letras femeninas 34.1 (Summer 2008): 217-229.

“Trauma, Violence and Pornography: Un mal año para Miki by José Ovejero.” Letras hispanas 5.1 (Spring 2008). 

“The Postfeminist Question in Almudena Grandes’s Atlas de geografía humana.” Monographic Review/Revista Monográfica XXIII (Fall 2007): 93-105.

“Carmen de Icaza: Novela Rosa as Feminist Discourse?” Letras peninsulares 18.1 (Spring 2006): 99-108.

“Ser mujer hoy en día: una entrevista con Esther Tusquets.” Confluencia 20.2 (Spring 2005): 214-20.  

“Paloma Pedrero: el escape de los roles tradicionales de la mujer.” Romance Notes 43.3 (2003): 279-284.

Chapter in an edited volume: 

“Why We Are All in the Club: El club de las malas madres (2009).” The Changing Spanish Family: Essays on New Views in Literature, Cinema and Theater. Ed. Tiffany Trotman. Jefferson, NC: Macfarland Press, 2011. 9-23.  

“The Changing Faces of Motherhood: Lucía Etxebarria's Un milagro en equilibrio(M)Othering the Nation: Constructing and Resisting National Allegories through the Maternal Body. Ed. Lisa Bernstein. London: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008. 147-158.  

“Sex, Drugs, and Violence in Lucía Etxebarria’s Amor, curiosidad, prozac y dudas.” Novels of the Contemporary Extreme. Ed. Alain-Philippe Durand. London: Continuum Publishing, 2006. 153-62.

Other publications:

Invited Book Review of Mother and Myth in Spanish Novels: Rewriting the Maternal Archetype in Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures 66.4 (2012): 222-223.


Seminars & Presentations

 

  • From Mommyblogs to Blog-books. XXVI Congreso Anual de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH), Houston, TX, November 10-12, 2016.
  • Motherhood in Biutiful. 69th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky. April 14-16, 2016
  • Motherhood and Sexuality in Lo verdadero es un momento de lo falso. 64th Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (MIFLC), Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, October 16-18, 2014. 
  • The Blame Game: Lucía Etxebarria’s Beatriz y los cuerpos celestes. Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) Conference on Demonizing Mothers / Demonized Motherhoods: Oppression and Resistance, Toronto, Ontario, October 4-5, 2013. 
  • Parental Loss and Abandonment: Lucía Etxebarria’s Amor, curiosidad, Prozac y dudas. 62nd Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, October 18-20, 2012. 
  • La representación de la figura de la madre en Beatriz y los cuerpos celestes. Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades VI Congreso Internacional, Madrid, Spain, June 28-30, 2012. 
  • Being Good is Bad: the Ethics of Mothering According to El club de las malas madres by Lucía Etxebarria. AILFCH XX Congreso Anual, Austin, TX, October 14-16, 2010. 
  • Mujer, inmigración e identidad: El último patriarca de Najat El Hachmi. Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades IV Congreso Internacional, Sevilla, Spain, June 24-27, 2009. 
  • Is Spain Still Spanish? Bigas Luna's Yo soy la Juani. SCMLA, San Antonio, Texas, November 6-8, 2008. Winner of The 2008 Bill L. and Gerre D. Andrist Award for Hispanic Gender Studies. From Feminism to Post-Feminism: Acts of Violence in Alicia Giménez-Bartlett's Ritos de muerte (1996). 61st Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, April 17-19, 2008. Co-presented with student Violeta Gómez. 
  • Jamón, jamón and Yo soy la Juani: Bigas Luna's Changing Notion of Spanishness. Second International Conference on Spanishness in the Spanish Novel and Cinema of the 20th-21st Century, Denton, Texas, March 14-15, 2008. 
  • The Erotic Quest Romance: Lucía Etxebarria's Nosotras que no somos como las demás. XXXIII Congreso Anual de Literaturas Hispánicas, Indiana, Pennsylvania, October 19-21, 2007. 
  • ¡Mami qué buena estás! Representations of the Immigrant Woman in I love you baby. 60th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, April 19-21, 2007. 
  • Maternal Instinct Does Not Exist: Representations of Motherhood in Two Works by Lucía Etxebarria. XXXII Congreso Anual de Literaturas Hispánicas, Indiana, Pennsylvania, October 6-7, 2006. 
  • ¿En qué consiste ser madre?: Representaciones de la figura materna en Un milagro en equilibrio de Lucía Etxebarria. Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades IV Congreso Internacional, Madrid, Spain, June 24-27, 2006. 
  • The Post Feminist Question in Almudena Grandes's Atlas de geografía humana. 59th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, April 19-21, 2006. 
  • 9/11, Technology, and Pornography: Un mal año para Miki by José Ovejero. 2006 Louisiana Conference on Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 22-24, 2006. 
  • Esther Tusquets: Women and Fairy Tales in El amor es un juego solitario. 58th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, April 21-23, 2005.

 


Honors & Awards

The 2008 Bill L. and Gerre D. Andrist Award for Hispanic Gender Studies for "Is Spain Still Spanish?  Bigas Luna's Yo soy la Juani." 2008.

Specific subjects or issues you can knowledgeably discuss:
20th and 21st century Spanish women's writing

I am willing to talk to the media: yes

I am willing to talk to community groups about my area of expertise: no

Can you do interviews in Spanish? yes

Other languages you are fluent in:

Experience with the news media (especially electronic media):

Contact Details:
(512) 863-1421(office)
Office: Olin 316
rossc@southwestern.edu