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Patricia García

Patricia García

NIAS Individual Fellow

Project title

The Urban Fantastic –Feminist and Queer Perspectives

Research question

- What novel overview does the literary fantastic provide on the changing European cityscape since modernity?
- Are there transcultural and intergenerational continuities in the tropes, metaphors and settings of the corpus to substantiate the label of a "female urban fantastic" in European cultures?

Project description

With this NIAS research I wish to contribute to a reappraisal of the urban dimension in writings of the fantastic by authors self-identified as female from the late nineteenth century to date. Unlike most studies on the fantastic, this research goes beyond national literatures in order to identify transnational urban metaphors that recur in European literatures. Employing feminist and queer methods to the analysis of spatiality, this project will contribute to the feminist turn in urban studies by generating an approach that establishes a dialogue between European urban history, the fantastic and feminist urbanism and geography.

Selected publications

Monograph: García, P. The Urban Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century European Literature: City Fissures. Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. 237pp.

Monograph: García, P. Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature: the Architectural Void. Routledge, 2015. 187pp.

Article: García, P. “The Dionysian and the Aesthetics of the Impossible: Contributions of the Young Nietzsche to the Modern Fantastic”, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée, Vol 48.3, 2021, pp. 1-18.

Article: García, P. “Spanish and Latin American Women Writers in the Literary Canon: a Paratextual Study of Anthologies of Fantastic Literature (1946-2016)”, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Vol. 96.6, 2019. pp. 575-594.

Book chapter: García, P. “Urban Outcasts: Perspectives from the Hispanic Female Fantastic” in Ameel, L. (ed.). Routledge Companion to Literary Urban Studies. New York; Oxon: Routledge, 2022.

More about myself

I am a senior researcher in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the Universidad de Alcalá (Spain), where I currently lead a Ramón y Cajal project (Ministerio de Universidades, Spain + European Social Fund) on urban peripheries in contemporary literature. I have previously served as an Associate Professor in Hispanic and Comparative Literature at the University of Nottingham, UK.  My research focuses on narrative spaces at their intersections with urban studies, feminisms and with representations of the supernatural. I am the chair of the research network Fringe Urban Narratives and have been the PI of the British-Academy project Gender and the Hispanic Fantastic. I have held research fellowships at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (EURIAS/Marie-Curie co-fund) and at the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris. I am the Vice-President of ALUS: Association for Literary Urban Studies, member of the Executive Committee of the European Society of Comparative Literature, and co-editor of the Palgrave Series in Literary Urban Studies and of BRUMAL: Research Journal on the Fantastic.