Dr. Susan Larson
Qualia Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., University of Arizona
I was honored to join the Texas Tech University Spanish and Portuguese program in the Fall of 2016 after teaching at the University of Kentucky for 14 years. I am a specialist in the narrative (prose and film) of Spain since 1898 and my research lies at the intersection of Literary, Film and Urban Studies. I have two distinct but occasionally overlapping areas of specialization: the prose and film of the Spanish avant-garde and the more interdisciplinary field of Hispanic Urban Cultural Studies. I have found Urban Studies and Spatial Theory to be enormously successful in the classroom, and have used them both to better understand other parts of the world as well as our very own Latino Lubbock.
Since 1993 when I first started typesetting the academic journal Letras Peninsulares on a Macintosh computer with a screen approximately the size of a slice of bread, I have been actively involved in the production of academic journals. I was fortunate to be with Malcolm Compitello and his Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies from day one and currently serve on this and a number of other editorial boards. I am the Executive Editor of the Romance Quarterly and co-edit a book series with Benjamin Fraser housed at Palgrave Macmillan called "Hispanic Urban Studies" that has come out with nine titles in recent years. These editing responsibilities are what have taught me to truly appreciate and understand what it means to belong to a discipline whose sustained health and future depend on academic integrity and intellectual generosity.
During my career I have taught the widest variety of courses possible, from Spanish 101 through to advanced graduate seminars on my own areas of research and expertise. I have created Education Abroad courses in Madrid and service-learning courses where students learn how to connect their Spanish majors to future job opportunities. While I am a specialist in contemporary Spain, I did my Ph.D. at the University of Arizona, where I did extensive coursework in Chicano and Latino literature and culture and I have consistently taught courses on these topics at the undergraduate level. I am always looking for better ways to make sure my classes have real meaning for my students and I am highly motivated by students who are coming into contact with the Humanities and with the Spanish-speaking world for the first time. It's a pleasure to be a Spanish professor at Texas Tech, recently designated a "Hispanic Serving Institution," where so many of our Spanish students bring their native language skills and experiences into the classroom every day.
Spring 2019 Teaching
SPAN 3390: Hispanic Cities
Professor Susan Larson
T Th 12:30 – 1:50 CMLL 105
HISPANIC CITIES focuses on Latino urban cultures in the U.S., Caribbean, Latin America and Spain (mainly Lubbock, Los Angeles, Havana, Mexico City and Madrid). Topics include urban history, the urban as a key component of national identity, global migratory flows, popular culture, memory, citizenship and the politics of cultural resistance. Within this context we will study visual culture, films, music, graffiti, poetry and short stories. We will be joined by guest speakers (historians, authors and musicians) when we discuss our own urban culture of Lubbock.
SPAN 3390 is taught in English and fulfills the TTU Core Multicultural Requirement.
Research InterestsUrban Studies, Cultural Geography and Spatial Theory, Theories of Representation, the Historical Avant-Garde, Spanish Film, Contemporary Spanish Literature
Recent Graduate Seminars
Hispanic Urban Cultural Studies; Cultural Resistance in Social Space; The Death of the Novel in the Age of the Internet; The 'Other' Generation of 27; Advanced Readings in Critical Theory; Image, Text and Power
Recent Undergraduate Courses
Hispanic Cities; Spanish Cinema; U.S. Latino Politics and Culture; Space, Place and Culture; The Culture of European Cities
- "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 William Viestenz, eds. Vanderbilt UP, 2016.
- "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. Read 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.
- "Kiosk Literature as a Geography of Cultural Objects." In Kiosk Literature of Silver Age Spain: Modernity and Mass Culture. Jeff Zamostny and Susan Larson, eds. Intellect Books, 2016.
- "The Pedagogy and Politics of 21st-Century Luso-Hispanic Urban Cultural Studies." Special 100th Anniversary Volume (100.5) of Hispania, 2017. Read here.
- "Trash as Aesthetic and Theme in Elvira Navarro's La trabajadora." In Cartographies of Madrid: Contesting Urban Space at the Crossroads of the Global South and the Global North. Silvia Bermúdez and Anthony Geist, eds. Vanderbilt UP, 2018.
- "La gramática de la 'Hispanidad': Retórica de imperio y arquitectura historicista en los discursos públicos de J.C. Nichols." Bulletin d'Histoire Contemporaine de l'Espagne 54 (2018): 45-53.
- "Intermedialidad e intertextualidad en Cinematógrafo (1936) de Andrés Carranque de Ríos." In El Madrid de Carranque de Ríos: De la ficción cinematográfica a la edición interactiva. Universidad Complutense, 2018.
- "Los modos literarios flexibles de 'Vísceras de la ciudad' (1935) de Rosa Arciniega." Mediodía: revista hispánica de rescate 1, 2018.
Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies
Hispanic Urban Studies
Palgrave-Macmillan Book Series Co-Editor
Recent Dissertations Defended
Whiteness and Empire in Spanish Narrative
José María Pérez Sánchez (2016)
La representación de los ecuatorianos en España:
El discurso como expresión de poder e ideología
Francesco Masala (2017)
iTexts: Techxtual Poetics, Authorship and Re-Wreaders in
Twenty-First Century Spanish Literature
Joshua Hoekstra (2018)
El 'derecho a la ciudad' en narrativa femenina de la República Dominicana, 1988-2013
Lucía Montás (2018)