Texas Tech University

Susan Larson

College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures

Susan LarsonDr. Larson comes to Texas Tech as the Charles B. Qualia Endowed Chair in Romance Languages. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona. Her research lies at the intersection of Spanish Literature, Film and Cultural Studies and often engages with the discourses of modernity at play in Spanish culture since the early twentieth century, paying special attention to the cultural implications of urban planning and architecture. Her books include Constructing and Resisting Modernity: Madrid 1900-1936 and Visualizing Spanish Modernity and her work has been funded by agencies such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and Spain's Ministry of Culture. Dr. Larson is the co-founder (with Benjamin Fraser) of the Palgrave-Macmillan Hispanic Urban Studies book series and Senior Editor of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies.

Recent Scholarship:
Kiosk Literature of Silver Age Spain: Modernity and Mass Culture. Intellect Books, 2016.

"The Spanish Avant-Garde Novel: New Concepts of Aesthetic and Social Engagement." In A History of the Spanish Novel. Ed. J.G. Ardila. Oxford University Press, 2015. 357-75.

"La Luna." Radio documentary collaboration with London-based Radio Wolfgang. Produced by Olivia Humphries and David Owen with Tono Martínez and Ouka Lele, 2016. Listen here.

"Cultivating the Square: Trash, Recycling and the Cultural Ecology of Post-Crisis Madrid." Co-authored with Matthew I. Feinberg. In Ethics of Life: Contemporary Iberian Debates. Hispanic Issues Series Vol. 42. Katarzyna Beilin and Willian Viestenz, eds. Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, 2016. 113-142.

"The Ecological Imperative of Urban Cultural Studies." Summary and Position Paper. In A Polemical Companion to Ethics of Life: Contemporary Iberian Debates. Vol. 7. On-line open forum for discussion of essays. View here.

"Unreadable Bodies and Symbolic Violence in Antonio de Obregón's Hermes en la vía pública." Mannequins, Machines and Mutilations: The Avant-Garde Body in Spain and Italy. Nicolás Fernández-Medina and María Truglio, eds. New York: Routledge, 2016. 54-74.

"Kiosk Literature as a Geography of Cultural Objects." Conclusion. Kiosk Literature of Silver Age Spain: Modernity and Mass Culture." Jeff Zamostny and Susan Larson, eds. Intellect Books, 2016. 467-75.