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About Diana Arbaiza

Originally from Bilbao, Spain, I obtained my doctorate in Hispanic Studies at the University of Illinois. After working at North Carolina State University for several years, I joined the University of Antwerp in 2017.My main research interests revolve around the literary representations of postcolonial national identity in Spain since the late 19th century, with a special interest in discourses of modernity and intersections between cultural and economic projects. My book The Spirit of Hispanim: Culture and Commerce Across the Atlantic (1875-1936) (under contract with Notre Dame University Press) investigates how Hispanism -a movement of transatlantic rapprochement between Spain and Spanish America- was envisioned by Peninsular intellectuals as a symbolic and commercial re-conquest of the lost colonies. In this work I study the influence of political economy on authors such as Juan Valera, José del Perojo, Rafael de Altamira and Ramiro de Maeztu but I also examine how entrepreneurs and economists participated in the cultural discourse of Hispanism. My book suggests that as Peninsular Hispanism was simultaneously mobilized as a compensatory response against Spain’s decline and as a strategic discourse to encourage commerce with its former colonies, Hispanism became a site of active debate about how to reconcile moral and material interests in Spain.

 

My interest in the impact of postcolonial legacies on Spanish modern culture has led me to my new project about the literary and cultural representations of Spanish colonization in Equatorial Guinea during the late nineteenth century until independence in 1968. In this new research I am largely working on 20th century production, but I also continue to investigate on 19th century Hispanic literature with a special focus on gender studies, my other area of interest. Some of my articles in this area are available on academia.edu. Feel free to download those and contact me if you have any comments.

 

At the University of Antwerp, I offer undergraduate and Master courses on modernity and coloniality in nineteenth century Spain and feminism and gender in contemporary Spanish culture. I also teach an introductory course on Spanish and Spanish American literature and Spaanse taalbeheersing 2. If you are a prospective student and you have any question concerning the language level and content of my courses, feel free to send me an e-mail.

Contact

Stadscampus
Grote Kauwenberg 18
S.D.120
2000 Antwerpen
Belgiƫ
Tel. 032654256
diana.arbaiza@uantwerpen.be