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Gabiola, Irune

Associate Professor - Spanish
Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures



Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
I defended my dissertation “Errant Families Ties: Migratory Identities in Latina and Hispanic Caribbean Cultural Production” in 2008 at the University of Illinois, Urbana where I worked with Prof. Dara E. Goldman. In it, I explored re/configurations of family and nation in contemporary literature and film by Latina and island based Caribbean female authors. I argued how lesbian and transgender subjects are able to delineate alternative ways of conceiving “family” in a transnational scenario that simultaneously presents the insular spaces as unable to contain difference. As an assistant professor at Butler, I continue working on contemporary Caribbean cultures and on representations of Latino/a identities in media and literature. I am particularly interested in relations of affect, class and ethnicity and their role within Latino cultures and migration. Along with my interests in feminisms, gender studies, queer theory and cultures in a global perspective, I am currently starting a book project titled: “Transatlantic Imaginaries: the Role of Spanish Intellectuals in the Caribbean” that focuses on the ways the Antilles have been constantly reinvented by Spanish engineers and writers at the end of 19th century when Spain lost the last colonies and during the 20th century –primarily after the Civil War.

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
* "Al niño y La voz a ti debida: dos realidades ideales." Revista Hispánica Moderna. 56 (2003). 89-104 * "La Celestina o la normatividad fallida." Celestinesca. 27 (2004). 61-75. * “La articulación del cuerpo femenino como alegoría de la identidad nacional puertorriqueña en Milagros, calle Mercurio de Carmen Lugo Filippi.” Letras Femeninas. 30:1(2004). 40-51. * “La llegada contemplativa como narrativa fundacional en El Contemplado y las Cartas de Viaje de Pedro Salinas.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. 39 (2005). 465-487. * “La construcción del espacio urbano en la poesía social de Gabriel Aresti: Bilbao ante la modernidad” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 83.6 (2006). 563-576. * Review Article on Patrick Imbert's Trajectoires culturelles transamericaines and Comparative Cultural Studies and Latin America edited by Sophia A. McClennen and Earl Fitz. "Comparative Cultural Perspectives for the Study of the Americas: New Work by Imbert and McClennen and Fitz" in CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture: A WWWeb Journal. 6.1(March 2006). * Co-editor with Mar Soria López of Letras Femeninas, Special Issue Summer 2008. "Families Under Construction: Migratory Female Identities in the Remaking of Iberian, Hispanic Caribbean and Latina Cultures". * "A Queer Way of Family Life: Narratives of Time and Space in Mayra Santos-Febres' Sirena Selena vestida de pena" (forthcoming in Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies) * "Forjando al hombre nuevo: cartografías de la homosexualidad en las obras de Teresa Dovalpage" (accepted for publication in Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana ) * "Re/indagación del choteo: sujetos cubanos en el cine español contemporáneo" (accepted for publication in Cine en el Caribe Hispano ed. by Rosana Díaz-Zambrana y Patricia Tomé. Isla Negra, 2010) * "A Never Ending Journey: The Impossibilities of Home in Sirena Selena vestida de pena and Flores de otro mundo" (under review in Letras Hispanas) “Globalizing the Care Chain: Representations of Latinas in Maid in America” (accepted in Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana) * "Héroes de marchas por la vanguardia y la retaguardia: reconsideraciones de la masculinidad en las obras de Mayra Santos Febres y Teresa Dovalpage" ( in Ciberletras) ? “Formas queer de vida familiar: Narrativas de tiempo y espacio en Sirena Selena vestida de pena” en Lección errante: Mayra Santos-Febres y el Caribe contemporáneo.Ed. Juan Pablo Rivera and Nadia Valis. Ed Isla Negra: San Juan, 2011. ? “A Queer Family for the Nation: Julia Alvarez’s In the Name of Salomé and the Dominican Republic” in Caribbean Mothering ed. Dorsia Smith Silva (accepted)

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
* SP 345 Hispanic Masterpieces, Butler U, 2008, 2009 * SP 460 Women On the Road: Representations of Female Migration in Hispanic Cultures, 2009 * GHS 202: Postcolonialism: The Caribbean, 2009

Personal Hobbies
brewing beer, sports, piano, architecture, urban planning, walking my dogs, women's tackle football, among many others


PhD University of Illionis at Urbana-Champaign