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Ana Fernández-Cebrián

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Ana Fernández-Cebrián earned her B.A. in Hispanic Philology from Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain, and Ph.D in Spanish and Portuguese from Princeton University. Her research focuses on the important historical shifts pertaining ideological production and the transformations of the public sphere from the Second Republic to late Francoist Spain, with a special emphasis on literature, cultural studies, film, and media.
Her book “Fables of Development: Capitalism and Social Imaginaries in Spain (1950-1967)” (under contract with Liverpool University Press) focuses on a basic paradox: why is it that the so-called “Spanish economic miracle” —a purportedly secular, rational, and technocratic process— was fictionally portrayed through narratives in which providential or supernatural elements were often involved? In order to answer this question, this book examines cultural fictions and collective social life at the time —the 1950’s and 1960’s— when Spain turned from autarky to industrial and tourist development. Other research and teaching interests include the impact of the accounts of progress, modernity and scarcity on the expectations of a social majority in the current economic crisis.
Selected Publications:
* "Visiones del desarrollo. El pabellón de España en la Feria Mundial de Nueva York 1964-1965 y su producción audiovisual." Bulletin of Contemporary Hispanic Studies. (Forthcoming 2020).
* "Spain, 1977-2003" in Roberto Bolaño in Context. Cambridge University Press. Ed. Jonathan Monroe (Forthcoming 2020).
* "La voz de Vox o a qué suena el posmofascismo." El Cuaderno. Cuaderno Digital de Cultura, 13 July, 2019: https://elcuadernodigital.com/2019/07/13/la-voz-de-vox-o-a-que-suena-el-posmofascismo/
* "Executioners and Cultures of Capital Punishment in Franco’s Spain (1959-1975)" in Flesh, Rites, and Stone: Cultures of Death in Contemporary Spain (1959-2016) (Hispanic Issues). Antonio Córdoba and Daniel García-Donoso (eds). (Forthcoming 2020).
* "Retablos de maravillas: ficciones contra el marketing de Estado y
memorias democráticas del ‘92 en la coyuntura de la crisis en España" Revista de ALCES XXI. Journal of Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film, 3 (2016-2017): 79-124.
* "Domesticidad e imaginarios del consumo en el cine español: El inquilino (1957), La vida por delante (1958) y El pisito (1959)." Revista Hispánica Moderna 69.1 (2016): 37-53.
* "El circo de las ondas: Radio y vanguardia en Ramón Gómez de la Serna." Líneas de Fuga 34, Laboratorio de Vanguardias (September 2015).
* "Tener y no tener: lecturas de Sancho Panza en la dictadura de Primo de Rivera (1923-1930)." Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America 33.1 (2013): 199-222. Co-authored with Víctor Pueyo Zoco.