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Joan Ramon Resina



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New Ruralism
Iberian cities
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Joan Ramon Resina

Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures and Comparative Literature
Director, Iberian Studies Program

Professor Resina specializes in modern European literatures and cultures with an emphasis on the Spanish and Catalan traditions. He is Director of the Iberian Studies Program, housed in the Freeman Spogli Institute.

Professor Resina is most recently the author of Luchino Visconti Filmmaker and Philosopher (Bloomsbury 2022). This is a study of three films from the late phase in Visconti's career generally grouped under the denomination of the German trilogy. In each of these films he combined aesthetic mastery with philosophical currents of thought from the periods represented to explore the genealogy of humanism's decadence. Previous books include Catalunya amb ulls estranyats. El Procès des Stanford: De la consulta del 9-N 2014 a la sentència del 14-O 2019 (Comanegra 2020), a running commentary on the rise of Catalan independence movement leading to the sentencing of Catalan MPs and social leaders to long jail terms on sedition charges. The Ghost in the Constitution. Historical Memory and Denial in Spanish Society (Liverpool University Press, 2017), where he explores ethical, historical, and cultural consequences of Spain's difficult relation with its past. Josep Pla: The World Seen in the Form of Articles (Toronto University Press, 2017), the first book-length study of this extraordinary writer in the English language. Del hispanismo a los estudios ibéricos. Una propuesta federativa para el ámbito cultural (Biblioteca Nueva, 2009) lays out the rationale for the replacement of Hispanic Studies with a new discipline of Iberian Studies by contending that the field's response to the crisis of the Humanities should not lie either in the retrenchment into the national philological traditions or in a vague cultural studies deprived of evaluative principles and oblivious of cultural history and linguistic diversity.  Barcelona's Vocation of Modernity: Rise and Decline of an Urban Image (Stanford UP, 2008) traces the development of Barcelona's modern image through texts that foreground key social and historical issues. Positing an inextricable link between literature and modernity, Resina establishes a literary framework for the evolution of the image of Barcelona's modernity through the 1980s, when the consciousness of modernity took on an ironic circularity. The book ends with a highly critical view on the post-Olympic period, arguing that in the early 21st century municipal politics exhausted the so-called Barcelona model and the city entered a new era that is largely inconsistent with the forces that shaped its modern identity. Previous books include studies on nationalism and globalization (El postnacionalisme en el mapa global, 2005) detective fiction (El cadáver en la cocina, 1997), on the idea of the literary classic (Los usos del clásico, 1991), modernism (Un sueño de piedra: ensayos sobre el modernismo europeo, 1990), and the 12th-century emergence of the legend of the Grail in European literature (La búsqueda del Grial, 1988).

Resina has edited twelve collections of essays on various interdisciplinary topics, including myth and literature, city images, the avant-garde, Spanish cinema, Iberian Studies, historical memory, the new ruralism, repetition, and self-writing. He has published extensively in specialized journals, such as PMLA, MLN, New Literary History, and Modern Language Quarterly, and has contributed to a large number of critical volumes of a broad variety of subjects. From 1999 to 2005 he was main Editor of Diacritics. And for years he has been a regular contributor to various Barcelona dailies. He has held teaching positions at Cornell University, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Northwestern University, as well as visiting appointments at foreign universities. He has received awards such as the Alexander von Humboldt and the Fullbright fellowship among others.

Resina's teaching covers a broad spectrum of subjects reflecting his interest in philosophy, sociology, history, poetics, the novel, philosophy of language, and political science. He is happy to work with ambitious and broad minded students who are willing to explore less studied areas and shun the momentarily fashionable.


1986: Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley, Comparative Literature
1988: Ph.D., University of Barcelona, English Philology




Ellis Colombe Ariadne Schriefer
Laura Menéndez
Laura Menéndez Gorina. "From Houses to Ruins: Narratives of Homes in Modern Barcelona and Havana". In progress.
Gabriela Badica. "The Age of Foreclosures and Evictions: Literature of the 2008 Financial Crisis in Spain". Filed June 2020. 
Pau Guinart. “Outdoing Zarathustra: Salvador Dalí’s Rendering of Nietzsche’s Übermensch.” Filed May 2019
Marcela Junguito. “Narratives of Detachment and Literary Transculturation: Catalan Exiles in Mexico.” Filed August 17, 2018. Director. Gimnasio Femenino. Bogotá, Colombia.
Robert Casas Roigé. “Justo el documental: Excepcionalidad democrática y reparación en la no-ficción audiovisual española contemporánea.” Filed June7, 2017. Assistant Prof. Hood College.
Lena Tahmasian. "Subjects in Transition: (Counter)Culture as Critique of Spanish Democracy (1976-1986)”. Filed March 2017. Assistant Prof. University of South Carolina.
Cuauhtemoc Garcia Garcia. “Assesing the Evolution of Written Language Through Data Mining in Large Corpora”. Filed December 2016. Founder of a start-up company.
Edith Leni. Autobiographical Narratives from Concentration Camps: From Dachau to Chacabuco. Filed December 2014. Lecrturer. University of California, Santa Cruz.
Todd Mack. “Open Wounds. Contemporary Novels of War, Repression, and Memory in Four Rural Communities of Spain”. Filed August 2012. Assistant Prof. Hillsdale College.
Zachary Ashby. “Order Out of Chaos: Fernando Pessoa and Eugeni d’Ors and the Crisis of Modernism”. Filed November 28, 2012. Family Lawyer.
William Viestenz. “Time of the Sacred: Conceptualizing the Political in Franco's Spain”. Filed May 2011. Associate Prof. at the University of Minnesota.
Stephanie Schmidt. “Foundational Narratives, Performance, and the City”. Filed May 2011. Assistant Prof. University at Buffalo.
Ashley Puig: “Imagining Catalonia After 1898: Cuban-Catalan Relations in the 20th and 21st Centuries”. Defended on July 5, 2011.
Jennifer Duprey: “Pensar en el presente: la memoria y la estética de lo efímero en el teatro catalán contemporáneo”. Defended on January 25, 2007. Associate Prof. Rutgers.
Toby Loeffler: “Stoking the ‘Sacred Fire’: The United Kingdom, Spain, and the Early-Twentieth-Century Novel as Nationalism.” Defended on May 2, 2007. Continuing Lecturer. Writing Program. U.C. Santa Cruz.
Alfredo Sosa-Velasco: “Spain is Ill! Sick Body and Political Discourse in Twentieth Century Spain: Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Pío Baroja, Gregorio Marañón and Antonio Vallejo Nágera”. Defended on April 25, 2007. Upper School IB Spanish Teacher and 10th Grade Level Team Leader at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School.
María Isabel Cuñado: "Spectral Pasts: Memory and Ghosts in the Narrative of Javier Marias." Defended on December 12, 2002. Professor of Spanish. Bucknell University.
Colleen Culleton: “In the Labyrinth: Narratives of Memory from Barcelona.” Defended on May 24, 2002. Associate Prof. University at Buffalo.
Robert Davidson: “Situating the Spectacle: Urban Spaces of the Jazz Age in Barcelona and Madrid (1922-1932).” Defended on May 24, 2002.  Professsor of Spanish and Catalan. University of Toronto.
René Craig-Odders: "The Detective Novel in Post-Franco Spain: An Anatomy of Social Protest", defense on September 13, 1993. Professor University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.