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Mar Soria received her PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2010 and is currently affiliated with the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at MU. Her areas of specialization include nineteenth- and twentieth-century Peninsular Spanish literature and cultural analysis with a focus on the theoretical intersections of nationalism, space, class, and gender.

She is presently working at a book-length project entitled Women at Work: (Dis)Embodying the Castiza Nation in Spanish Culture (1880-1975) in which she proposes that the representation of female work provides new insights into the ideological construction of the Spanish nation. In particular, her analysis explores how different late nineteenth- and twentieth-century authors and film directors articulated and, in some cases, challenged the dominant conceptualization of castiza or pure and authentic Spain through the representation of female workers from distinct ideological and stylistic parameters. Interestingly, her research shows that such association of working women with Spanishness emerged in different periods of “crisis” in Spain’s history from 1880 to 1975 when significant social and economic transformations increased anxieties about national instability.

Mar Soria Lopez

211 Arts and Science Building
(573) 884-7033

Romance Languages & Literatures
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University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211 USA
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