Last updated: 19 January 2017

Associate Professor of Spanish
The Pennsylvania State University

Mailing Address

Department of Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese

442 Burrowes Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802


Burrowes 154

Spring 2017: Research Sabbatical






Matthew J. Marr (Ph.D., University of Virginia) specializes in contemporary Spanish studies, with a focus on cinema, fiction, and poetry produced from Spain’s post-Franco transition to democracy through the present.  His latest book, The Politics of Age and Disability in Contemporary Spanish Film: Plus Ultra Pluralism (Routledge, 2013), examines the filmic construction of adolescent, elderly, and disabled subjects in recent Peninsular cinema: an interdisciplinary analysis positioned within a broader conversation on cultural diversity in Spain, particularly in relation to questions of gender, sexual, and ethnic identity. 

In other recent publications, Dr. Marr has considered topics including cinematic soundscapes, social-issue film, “Generation X” narrative, Spain’s so-called “poetry of experience,” postmodern self-reflexivity, and humor in literature.  He is currently at work on a book-length project which is provisionally entitled Cine inmobiliario: Motion Pictures, (Im)mobility, and the Place of Home in Contemporary Spain.  At Penn State since 2007, Dr. Marr regularly teaches introductory through advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on modern and contemporary Spanish literature, film, and culture.      


RECENT COURSES (& Dissertations Directed)

Full Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)



Marr, Matthew J. The Politics of Age and Disability in Contemporary Spanish Film: Plus Ultra Pluralism. New York: Routledge, 2013. (Hardback and paperback editions)

Marr, Matthew J. Postmodern Metapoetry and the Replenishment of the Spanish Lyrical Genre, 1980-2000. Anstruther, Fife, Scotland, U.K.: La Sirena, 2007.


Marr, Matthew J.  “La discapacidad, el paisaje sonoro y la experiencia del lugar: El caso de El cielo gira (Mercedes Álvarez, 2004).”  Vademécum del cine iberoamericano: Métodos y teorías (inaugural issue new series, Vademécum de Hispanófila).  Ed. Eugenia Afinoguénova, Samuel Amago, and Kathryn Everly.  Hispanófila 177 (2016): 239-47..

Marr, Matthew J.  “‘May You Overcome Your Obstacles’: Reconsidering Pedro Almodóvar’s Hable con ella / Talk to Her (2002) through the Disability Studies Lens.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 17.1 (2016): 45-61.

Marr, Matthew J. “Representation and the Cultural Politics of Aging in Justino, un asesino de la tercera edad (La Cuadrilla, 1994).” Studies in Hispanic Cinemas 6.2 (2009) [Published in Summer 2010]: 139-52.

Marr, Matthew J.  “‘Rogamos hagan uso / del cinturón’: A Flight through Found Texts in Luis García Montero’s ‘Life vest under your seat.’”  Letras Peninsulares 21.2-3 (2009): 509-24.

Marr, Matthew J. “Generation X and Its Discontents: The Girl Aggressor and Youth Subjectivity in the Cinematic Adaptation of Mensaka.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 42.1 (2008): 131-55.

Marr, Matthew J. “Stepping Westward from Spain: Literary and Cultural Reversal in Recent Transatlantic Academic Novels by Josefina Aldecoa, Javier Cercas, & Antonio Muñoz Molina.” Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea 33.1 (2008): 105-26.

Marr, Matthew J. “Realism on the Rocks in the Generational Novel: ‘Rummies’, Rhythm, and Rebellion in Historias del Kronen and The Sun Also Rises.” Generation X Rocks: Contemporary Peninsular Fiction, Film, and Rock Culture. Eds. Christine Henseler and Randolph Pope. Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, 2007. 126-52.

Marr, Matthew J. “An Ambivalent Attraction?: Post-Punk Kinship and the Politics of Bonding in Historias del Kronen and Less Than Zero.” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 10 (2006): 9-22.

Marr, M.J. “Mapping the Space of Self: Cartography and the Narrative Act in Esther Tusquets’s El mismo mar de todos los veranos.” Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea 29.1 (2004): 217-33.

Marr, Matthew J. “Out of the Office: Comic Self-Derision as a Vacation from Solemnity in the Postmodern Metapoetry of Roger Wolfe.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 56.2 (2003): 421-32.

Marr, Matthew. “Formal Subversion and Aesthetic Harmony in Mascarilla y trébol: A Reconsideration of Alfonsina Storni’s Late Poetics.” Romance Quarterly 49.1 (2002): 50-60.

Marr, Matthew J. “‘Dolor común’: Ontological (In)security in Unamuno’s Rosario de sonetos líricos.” España Contemporánea 14.1 (2001): 43-57.

Marr, Matthew J. “(Anti)heroism in Ángel Ganivet’s Los trabajos del infatigable creador Pío Cid.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 54 (2001): 231-37.


Marr, Matthew J.  Rev. of A Companion to Spanish Cinema, eds. Jo Labanyi and Tatjana Pavlovic.  Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 91.6 (2014): 677-79.

Marr, Matthew J.  Rev. of Historia poética de Nueva York en la España contemporánea, by Julio Neira. Hispanófila 171 (2014): 345-47.

Marr, Matthew J.  Rev. of Disability Studies and Spanish Culture: Films, Novels, the Comic and Public Exhibition, by Benjamin Fraser.  Hispanic Review 82.1 (2014): 127-31.

Marr, Matthew J.  Rev. of Spanish Screen Fiction: Between Cinema and Television, by Paul Julian Smith.  Revista Hispánica Moderna 64.1 (2011): 100-03.


Spanish Cinema Studies: Current Methods and Theoretical Approaches (Graduate)

Social-Issue Cinema in Contemporary Spain

The Cinematic Pluriverse of Pedro Almodóvar (Graduate)

Cityscapes and Place in (Post)Modern Spanish Narrative: Madrid

Modern Hispanic Short Story: Realism & the Fantastic

Contemporary Spanish Poetry (Graduate)

Contemporary Spanish Culture & Society in Film

Contemporary Spanish Short Story (Graduate)

Modern Mexican Short Story (Puebla Summer Program)

Narrating Memory in the Contemporary Spanish Novel (Graduate)

“Generation X” Literature, Film, & Media in Post-Transition Spain (Graduate)

The Contemporary Hispanic Thriller (College of Liberal Arts First-Year Seminar)

Globalization and Social Conflict in Recent Spanish Cinema (College of Liberal Arts First-Year Seminar) 

Survey of Spanish Literature Since 1700

Introduction to Hispanic Literature


"Mamá, quiero ser artista": la problemática metaficcional
del escritor hispano contemporáneo como celebridad global (Ana Cortejoso de Andrés, February 2015)

The Artist, Myth, and Society in the Contemporary Spanish Novel, 1945-2010
(Katie J. Vater, February 2014)

Literary Feminism in Spain: The Splintering of Female Identity in the Contemporary Peninsular Novel (Antonia Delgado-Poust, June 2011) 

Los discursos de la maternidad, madres e hijas en la narrativa española del nuevo milenio escrita por mujeres (Damarys López, December 2009)  

The Modernist Generation of 1898: Failures of Modernity in the Historical Imagination of Unamuno, Valle-Inclán, and Baroja (Eduardo Gregori, July 2009)