JM.Persánch

Professor / Literary, Film & Cultural Critic /  

     

RESEARCH FIELDS

Primary field: Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film 

Secondary field: Contemporary Latino Literature and Film


FOCI

Race/Ethnicity, Immigration/Diaspora, Border, Afro-Hispanism, Hispanic Whiteness, and Transnational Identities.



I specialize in Peninsular Spanish and Latino literatures, film and cultures. I am interested in understanding how the structures of difference operate as well as the processes of legitimization replicate in contemporary societies. My goal is to contribute to our understanding of how cultural forms are mediated by racial signifying practices thus forming individual and collective identities. I have developed a research agenda that engages in interdisciplinary approaches and employs a transnational framework to study topics of race/ethnicity, immigration, border, under the lens of whiteness in coalescence with several critical theories.


            

PUBLICATIONS

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BOOK CHAPTERS

 

(Forthcoming, 2020). “Narcissism and Melancholia: A Transnational Dialog on Whiteness through La esclava blanca.” Transatlantic, Transcultural and Transnational Dialogues on Identity, Culture, and Migration. Eds. Lori Celaya and Sonja Stephenson Watson.


(Forthcoming, 2020). “Towards the End of the White Guilt Era? The Rise of Nostalgic Whiteness and Magical Populism. Kairos: A Journal of Critical Symposium. Special Issue Vol. 5, No. 2, Populism in the Postcolony. Eds. Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha and Pavan Malreddy.


(Forthcoming, 2020). “Introducción: El retorno de los tiempos.Espectros del poder (Representacoines y discursos de resistencia en literatura y cine de los siglos XX-XXI). Eds. JM. Persánch and Fabricio Silva. Editorial Pliegos, 2020. pp.13-28.


(Forthcoming, 2020). “Blanquitud y sus descontentos: De la introyección de la memoria a la resistencia del recuerdo en 'El Sueño.'” Espectros del poder (Representacoines y discursos de resistencia en literatura y cine de los siglos XX-XXI). Eds. JM. Persánch and Fabricio Silva. Editorial Pliegos, 2020. pp.165-180.


The Rest in the White West: After the Empire is Buried, Shadows of Your Black Memory Are Born.” The Rest Write Back: Discourses and Decolonization. Ed. Esmaeil Zeiny. Brill, 2019, pp.179-202.


When Whiteness Means Imagining Blackness and Signifying Socio-Cultural Difference in 'Cuando las mujeres quieren a los hombres.'” Contemporary U.S. Latinx Literature Written in Spanish. Eds. Armita Das, Michele Shaul and Kathryn Quinn-Sanchez. Palgrave Macmillan: Springer Nature, 2018, pp.93-111.


Ngutu, lo que realmente la gente no quiere es tener que mirarte a la cara.” El cine de la crisis (Respuestas cinematográficas a la crisis económica española del s.XXI). Eds. Helena Talaya y María Hellin-García. Editorial Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, 2018, pp.213-228.


Cine y poder: De la psicotectura a la sociotectura hollywoodienses.El cine y la representación del poder. Eds. Óscar Lapeña Marchena and María Dolores Pérez Murillo. Editorial Université París-Sud, 2015, pp.279-291.


Identidades fantasma: Alteridad étnica y regional en Las cartas de Alou, Catalunya Über Alles! y Flamenco. Agentes de cambio: perspectivas cinematográficas de España y Latinoamérica en el siglo XXI.  Eds. Fátima Serra de Renobles and Helena Talaya Manso. Pliegos, 2014, pp.136-158.


PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES

 

Introduction to the Special Issue: Another Turn of the Screw Toward Hispanic and Lusophone Whiteness Studies.” Transmodernity, Special Issue, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2018, pp.1-10.


From Impurity of Thought Toward the Glocalization of Whiteness in Spain.” Transmodernity, Special Issue, Vol. 8, No.2, 2018, pp.110-137.


Laberinto de espejos: Estereotipos latinos, blanquitud y memoria colectiva estadounidenses a través de El Mariachi.” Procesos históricos, Vol.34, 2018, pp.17-31.


¡Qué no! ¡Qué no! ¡Qué no nos representan! (Historicidad de la familia latina como resistencia frente al modelo burlesco del cine norteamericano en dos filmes de la década de 1990).Procesos históricos, Vol.31, 2017, pp.185-201.


Revisitando La cabina: Análisis del mundo simbólico como alegoría nacional.” Cine y... Revista de estudios interdisciplinarios sobre cine en español/Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies on Film in Spanish, Vol.5, No.1, 2016, pp.14-27.


Prensa, inmigración y blancura de 'Rasgos occidentales.'” LL Journal, Vol.9, No.2, 2014. N. Pag.


Interseccionalidad y ruptura en The Block Captains's Daughter. Label Me Latina/o, Vol.4, 2014, pp.1-12.


Imágenes de la Guerra Civil Española (1936-39): Metaficción e intertextualidad en Si te dicen que caí.Letralia Vol.236, 19 Jul. 2010. N. Pag.


La frontera como forma de vida y el paso del sueño americano a la pesadilla urbana: Representación en el cine (El paisaje urbano y fronterizo como metáfora de la psique del individuo).” Trocadero, Vol.19, 2007, pp.243-250. 


         INTERVIEWS                 

       

      La lucidez de su memoria negra.” Interview in Spanish with Donato Ndongo. Persona, Personae Episode 4 (20 of February, 2016). University of Kentucky, Faculty Media Depot. and ---. AsodegueAsodegue 2ª Etapa. (2016) 14 of March.


      The Empire Awakens.” Interview in English with Andy Doolen. Persona, Personae, Episode 3 (9 of December 2015). University of Kentucky, Faculty Media Depot.


      Patrias sin bandera.” Interview in English with Carlos de la Torre. Persona, Personae, Episode 2 (9 of November 2015). University of Kentucky, Faculty Media Depot.


      Buzón de fantasmas.” Interview in English with Enrico Mario Santí. Persona, Personae, Episode 1 (21 of October 2015). University of Kentucky, Faculty Media Depot.


      Negociando identidades.” Interview in Spanish with a Michael Ugarte. Nomenclatura, Vol. 4, 14 of Apr. 2015. The University of Kentucky.

       


       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

                  

       

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      SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS        ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

       

         INVITED LECTURES                    

       

      “Burbujas y conchas: Discurso racial, individuos minorizados y sistema educativo.” Chemeketa Community College. 11 of May 2018.


      “The Invention of Race, the Fantasy of Whiteness and the Importance of Representation.” Lebanon Valley College. 30 of April 2018.


      “The Imperial White Sacrifice and its Orientalized Others in Héroes del 95.” The University of Alaska, Fairbanks. 12 of May 2016.


      “Raza, blancura y espíritu nacional en el regeneracionismo de la Generación del 98.” Nuestro Rumbo: Rutas de investigación en Hispanic Studies. University of Kentucky. 21 of November 2014.


      La experiencia latina en los Estados Unidos en relación con la identidad blanca.” Programa de Maestría en Estudios Hispánicos. Universidad de Cádiz, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. 27 of May 2013.


      “El latino en el cine estadounidense y la frontera: Born in East L.A.” Aula de cine del Grupo de investigación intrahistoria, oralidad y cultura en América Latina y Andalucía. Facultad de filosofía y letras. Cádiz, España: 15 of November 2008.



         CONFERENCE PAPERS                

         

      “Blanquitud y sus descontentos: De la introyección de la memoria a la resistencia del recuerdo en 'El Sueño.'” Language, Image, Power: Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies Theory and Practice Conference. Texas Tech University. 12 of October, 2019.


      Ngutu, lo que realmente la gente no quiere es tener que mirtarte a la cara. Portland State university, Cine-Lit (9) Conference. 9 of March 2019.


      “El blanco también se ha ahorcado en Amanece, que no es poco.” University of Alabama Languages Conference. 11 of February 2018.


      “Espacios heredativos y heredados en La cabeza del cordero. Midwest Modern Language Association. Detroit: 14 of November 2014.


      “Significación heterotópica de la blancura como violencia respecto a la identidad latina en The Block Captain's Daughter. UIC Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference. University of Illinois: 5 of April 2014.


      “Asimilación blanca hegemónica como falsa presencia latina en Starship Troopers.34th Annual Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages & Literatures. University of Cincinnati: 29 of March 2014.


      “Desmantelando imágenes de dominación: un acercamiento comparativo a representaciones latinas y blancas en los filmes estadounidenses.” VII Congreso Internacional Humboldt, Chile: 9 of January 2014.


      “Revisitando La cabina: Análisis del mundo simbólico como alegoría nacional.” The 9th Latin American and Peninsular Languages, Literatures, and Cultures «Convergences II: literary, linguistic, cultural and film studies» University of California, Davis: 18 of October 2013.


      Racial Psychotecture in Star Wars (...And Where Have the Latinos Gone?).Doctoral Academic Circle of Pop Culture Studies “Trickster.” Faculty of Philology of the University of Wroclaw, in Wroclaw: 29 of September 2013. Videoconference.


      “The Fallacy of the Latin Lover in Comparison with the Anglo Lover.” The 16th Annual Hispanic & Lusophonic Studies Symposium. Ohio State University, in Columbus: 5 of April 2013.

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      ORGANIZED PANELS, SYMPOSIUMS AND CONFERENCES        ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

       

      Organizer of the [Span-370] Spanish Literature Undergraduate Symposium. Western Oregon University, Department of Spanish, Monmouth: 12 of December 2019.


      Organizer of the [Span-401] Spanish Writing Undergraduate Symposium. Western Oregon University, Department of Spanish, Monmouth: 11 of December 2019.


      Organizer of the [Span-360] Introduction to Hispanic Literature Undergraduate Symposium. Western Oregon University, Department of Spanish, Monmouth: 12, 14 of March 2018.


      Organizer of the [Span-360] Introduction to Hispanic Literature Undergraduate Symposium. Western Oregon University, Department of Spanish, Monmouth: 8, 13, 15, 24 of March 2017.


      Committee Member and Moderator in the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC). The University of Kentucky, Hispanic Studies Department, Lexington, April. 2012-2015.


      Committee Member and Moderator in the VIII Congreso Internacional de Minificción. The University of Kentucky, Hispanic Studies Department, Lexington: 15-18 of October 2014.

           

      PERSONA, PERSONAE is an Interview Series Project conceived and conducted by JM.Persánch. Each interview is divided in two blocks which correspond to the interviewee's life and work. The goal of this interdisciplinary project is to share the knowledge and opinions of a variety of writers and scholars from the disciplines of humanities and social sciences, disseminating their research and ideas, thus contributing to the establishment of a broad debate about contemporary societies. [See more...]