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Dr Roberta Quance

Dr Roberta Quance

Senior Lecturer in Spanish

Postgraduate coordinator

Roberta Quance’s current research centres on gender and representation in the art and lyric of the avant-garde. Building on Mujer o árbol: mitología y modernidad en el arte y la literatura de nuestro tiempo (Madrid: Ediciones Machado, 2000), she has examined the critical issues posed by women’s participation in the avant-garde (how women are written in or out of literary histories and traditions,  restraints on women, the representation of female subjectivity).  Dr. Quance is also recognized for her work on Lorca,  anthologized in Estudios de la poesía de Lorca, ed. Luis Fernández Cifuentes (Madrid: Istmo, 2005). She is presently completing a book on desire and gender in Lorca’s early poetry and with Fiona Mackintosh (U. Edinburgh) is coediting a cluster of critical essays on Norah Borges’s avant-garde work. In 2006 she took charge of a section on women’s writing for the new Revista de erudición y crítica [Editorial Castalia, Madrid].

            Dr Quance also forms part of the editorial board of the series Studies in Literature and Liminality (Madrid: The Gateway Press) and (with Carlos Piera) edits the series “Literatura y debate crítico” for Ediciones Machado in Madrid.

            From 2001 onward she has codirected a series of  School seminars on Gender Studies, aimed especially at a postgraduate audience.

Selected recent publications:

Books:

Mujer o árbol: mitología y modernidad en el arte y la literatura de nuestro tiempo (Madrid: Ediciones Machado--Colección “La Balsa de la Medusa”,  2000).

(with Manuel Aguirre y Philip Sutton) Margins and Thresholds. An Enquiry into the Concept of Liminality in Text Studies (Madrid: The Gateway Press, 2000).

Contributions to collective volumes:

'Hacia una mujer nueva' in Concha Méndez en su mundo (1898-1986), ed. James Valender.  (Madrid: Publicaciones de la Residencia de Estudiantes, 2001), pp.101-13.           

'Don Juan's Last Supper' in Betwixt-and-Between ed. Philip C. Sutton (Madrid: The Gateway Press, 2002), pp. 101-112

'Norah Borges Illustrates Two Spanish Women Poets' in Crossing Fields in Spanish Studies, ed. Federico Bonaddio and Xon de Ros (Oxford: Legenda, 2003).

Articles:

'En un espejo vacío: sobre una ilustración de Norah Borges para el ultraísmo',   Revista de Occidente, no. 239 (March 2001): 134-47.

'Revisiones de lo cursi: Norah Borges y Ramó n Gómez de la Serna' in Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 28, 1 (2003): 71-85.

(with Fiona Mackintosh) 'Seeing/Speaking Saints,' in Romance Studies 22, 2 (2004): 149-63.

'Las sirenas de Norah Borges: el sexo inocente', in Boletín de la Fundación Federico García Lorca, nos. 35-36 (2005): 97-114

'The Trouble with Gender in Lorca's Suites: "Surtidores" ' in  Hispanic Review 74 (4), 2006: 397-418.

'Una Novela desconocida de Ernestina de Champourcin: María de Magdala (1943)' in Revista de erudición y crítica, no. 3, (junio-septiembre 2007): 101-110.

'Espacios femeninos/masculinos: Norah Borges en la vanguardia' in Dossiers feministas (Valencia), no. 10 (2007): 233-248.


In preparation
:

In the Light of Contradiction: desire in Lorca’s Suites, Canciones, and the Poema del cante jondo (book)

(with Fiona Mackintosh)  Norah Borges, entre vírgenes y sirenas (special issue Bulletin of Romance Studies )

(with Nuria Capdevilla-Arguelles) 'Caballeros y damas en crisis: el amor en tiempos de vanguardia' Special number of the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, based on a collquium of the same title, QUB, May 4-5, 2007.

'Lorca's Liminal Poetics: In the Garden of Lunar Grapefruits' in Studies in Liminal Poetics (Madrid: The Gateway Press (invited).

'Se ñas de la Virgen: Los Trances de Nuestra Se ñora de María Victoria Atencia' in Roles de género y cambio social en la literatura espa ñola del siglo XX. ed. Pilar Nieva de la Paz (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008) (invited)

'The Theatricalised Self: Female Masquerade in Twentieth Century Spanish Literature and Visual Art' in A Companion to Spanish Women Studies.ed. Geraldine Coates and Xon de Ros (London: Thamesis, 2009) (invited)

Teaching:

Dr Quance ‘s undergraduate modules concentrate on women´s art and writing of the Hispanic avant-garde and on Spanish poetry and narrative from the interwar period, although she has taught all genres and regularly returns to early traditions to examine the relationship between modern texts and early song (as in “Forbidden Fruit: Song and Sexuality in Hispanic Lyric Poetry”). She has offered mini-modules on Jorge Luis and Norah Borges’s participation in the Spanish avant-garde (“Sister-Brother Act”), on specific artists such as Remedios Varo and Frida Kahlo and on mythic images of women (“Three Marys: Representations of the Virgin Mary”).  At the postgraduate level, Dr Quance offers “Gender and Desire in the Avant-Garde: Between Image and Text”, part of the MA in Spanish: Image and Text, and “Mythologies of the Feminine,” recently incorporated as well into the new MA in Gender and Society in the School of Politics.