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Research

My area of scholarly expertise  includes 20th-21st  century Spanish literature, especially Spanish Civil War and exile studies, as well as Manuel Vázquez Montalbán's detective fiction, the poetry of Manuel Altolaguirre, and the commemorative cultures of March 11, 2004. As a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, I wrote Spanish Culture behind Barbed-Wire: Memory and Representation of the French Concentration Camps, 1939-1945 (Bucknell UP, 2004), a finalist for the 2005 Modern Language Association´s Katherine Kovacs Singer Book Prize. In 2012, Editorial Anthropos published a revised, Spanish-language edition of the book, Culturas del exilio español entre las alambradas: Literatura y memoria de los campos de concentración en Francia, 1939-1945, which includes new research and illustrations about U.S. artist Ione Robinson´s 1939 photographic archive of the French refugee camps. http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2012/cate-arries-book-on-spanish-civil-war-refugees-translated-to-spanish.php

Links to related stories about book publications:

Culturas del exilio espanol entre las alambradas (2012)

Spanish Culture behind Barbed Wire: Memory and Representation of the French Concentration Camps, 1939-1945 (2004)

For my current book project, I am gathering oral testimonies from family members in the province of Cádiz, Spain whose loved ones were murdered by military rebels in 1936 at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Today's generation of the grandchildren of the disappeared are at the forefront of ongoing exhumation projects to reclaim victims' remains from mass graves.A 2016 article about this project was published in Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies

This research project was initially funded in 2013-2014 by a generous W&M Weingartner fellowship, that also supported a small undergraduate research team. A selection of informant profiles is included on a website under construction:

Testimonies about Franco's repression in Cádiz