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Ana Álvarez Guillén


Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky, Spring 2022 (expected)

Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies, May 2019

M.A. in Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky, May 2018

M.A. in English, University of Salamanca and University of Valladolid, 2015

          “Understanding Space in Faulkner’s ‘The Bear’ and Benet’s ‘Numa, una leyenda’: A Comparative Reading.” Dir. Santiago Rodríguez Guerrero-Strachan.

BA in English Studies, University of Valladolid, 2014

          “Perceiving the Self in Samuel Beckett’s Company and Francis Bacon’s Paintings.” Dir. María José Carrera de la Red.

          Study abroad Erasmus program at the National University of Ireland, Galway

Dissertation Title

“El anverso de lo cotidiano: percepción woolfiana en la cuentística de Rodoreda, Roig, Alós y Riera”

Dissertation Committee

Advisor: Ana Rueda

Committee members: Cristina Alcalde (Gender and Women's Studies), Carmen Moreno-Nuño, Dierdra Reber

Dissertation Summary

Conventional understandings of perception have long undergirded traditional readings of Modernist texts in adopting a predominantly subject-centred perspective that separates subject from object in a vertical and hierarchical relationship. I argue that a consideration of Virginia Woolf’s short stories in dialogue with four generations of twentieth-century Catalan women writers who followed her work closely suggests an entirely different epistemological framework of perception in which subject and object are fluidly and horizontally organised. Mercè Rodoreda, Concha Alós, Montserrat Roig and Carme Riera establish a horizontal fictional dialogue that constitutes a return to the object that decentres the subject, resulting in an alternative understanding of quotidian reality in which objects acquire a life and agency proper to subjects. I draw an evolutionary thought line between these stories and current feminist New Materialisms that propose precisely the dissolution of constructed binomial limits between perceiving and perceived, human and non-human, and nature and materiality as a liberating new way of conceiving our world because it redefines social power along a horizontal axis.  I thus locate Woolf and her Catalan counterparts on an epistemological continuum—and an intergenerational theoretical genealogy—with theorists such as Elizabeth Grosz, Sarah Ahmed and Samantha Frost, whose collective new materialist thinking ideates a salutary shift toward care economies and democratised social dynamics.


"La mirada aristocrática: caricaturización y exotismo en La gaviota e Insolación”. La Tribuna. Cadernos de Estudos da Casa-Museo Emilia Pardo Bazán 15 (under review).

“Perception and the ‘I’ in Samuel Beckett’s Company and Francis Bacon’s Paintings.” Laocoonte. Revista de Estética y Teoría de las Artes 3. 3 (2016): 135-50.

Conference Talks


"Las voces de Irene Solà y Maria Arnal y Marcel Bagés: relaciones alternativas con el Antropoceno”. Repensar los cuidados en el Antropoceno: aspectos sociales, comunitarios y medioambientales. II Jornadas Virtuales ALCESXXI. Julio 2021

"Vuelta a la materia: epistemologías liberadoras en la cuentística de Mercè Rodoreda”. Biannual forum Nuestro Rumbo: Rutas de investigación en Hispanic Studies. University of Kentucky. February 2021.

"Reescribiendo a la mujer desde la tragedia: La Novia de Paula Ortiz”. Cine-Lit 9: Mujer y Género. University of Oregon, Portland State University, and Oregon State University. March 2019.

“Metamorfosis de lo cotidiano: percepción en La meva Cristina i altres contes de Rodoreda”. Asociación de Licenciados y Doctores Españoles en Estados Unidos (ALDEEU), “Thomas Jefferson y el universo hispano (1818-2018).” University of Virginia. June 2018.

Courses Taught

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

SPAN 3106 – Advanced Spanish Conversation through Spanish Cinema

SPAN 3105 – Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition

University of Kentucky

SPA 323 – Introduction to Spanish Translation for Spanish majors and minors
SPA 310 – Spanish Composition through Textual Analysis for Spanish majors and minors
SPA 211 – Intermediate Spanish Conversation: conversation for Spanish majors and minors
SPA 210 – Spanish Grammar and Syntax: advanced grammar and syntax for Spanish majors and minors
SPA 203 – High Intermediate Spanish: language and culture
SPA 202 – Intermediate Spanish IV: fourth-semester language and culture
SPA 201 – Intermediate Spanish III: third-semester language and culture
SPA 103 – High Beginner Spanish: language and culture
SPA 102 – Elementary Spanish II:second-semester language and culture
SPA 101 – Elementary Spanish I: first-semester language and culture

Publishing reader certificate, Cursiva, Penguin Random House, Spain, 2020.

Reader of the editorial board for the 6th volume of Nomenclatura: aproximaciones a los estudios hispánicos, University of Kentucky Department of Hispanic Studies, 2018.


University of Kentucky

Member, Hispanic Studies Departmental Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. 2020-2021.

Secretary, Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Association. 2020-2021.

Vice-President, Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Association. 2018-2019.

Panel chair and conference staff, Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference. 2016-2019.

Conference staff, International Conference on Narrative. 2017.

Organizer, biannual forum Nuestro Rumbo: Rutas de investigación en Hispanic Studies. Department of Hispanic Studies. 2018.

Treasurer, Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Association. 2017-2018.

Organizer, weekly meeting ‘La mesa del español.’ 2015-2016.

University of Ireland Galway

Volunteer, activities working with the elderly. 2012.