Matthew J. Marr (Ph.D., University of Virginia) specializes in contemporary Peninsular studies, with an emphasis on poetry, fiction, and cinema produced from Spain’s post-Franco transition to democracy through the present. In examining how literary and filmic texts reflect, promote, and negotiate this period’s dynamic turn toward a culture of pluralism, his scholarship engages with a host of theoretical debates (postmodernism, transnationalism, age and disability studies), topical and methodological interests (humor in poetry, youth countercultures, intertextuality, comparative approaches to the novel), aesthetic trends and movements (“Generation X,” la poesía de la experiencia, social-issue cinema), and authors/filmmakers (among others, Esther Tusquets, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Javier Cercas, José Ángel Mañas, Vicente Gallego, Luis García Montero, Alejandro Amenábar, and Pedro Almodóvar).
Prof. Marr’s essays have appeared in journals including Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista Hispánica Moderna, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, and Letras Peninsulares, as well as in the edited collection Generation X Rocks: Contemporary Peninsular Fiction, Film, and Rock Culture (Vanderbilt UP, 2007). His first monograph, Postmodern Metapoetry and the Replenishment of the Spanish Lyrical Genre, 1980-2000, was published in 2007 by La Sirena. Currently in preparation, his second book is entitled The Politics of Age and Disability in Contemporary Spanish Film: Plus Ultra Pluralism, and is scheduled to appear on the Routledge Advances in Film Studies Series in 2012. Research for this project conducted at the Filmoteca Española (Madrid) was funded in part by a 2010 grant from the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States’ Universities.
Before coming to Penn State in 2007, Dr. Marr held a faculty position at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2004-07), as well as visiting appointments at Northwestern University (Fall 2006, by invitation) and Middlebury College (2003-04). He currently serves as Graduate Officer for Penn State's Ph.D./M.A. program in Spanish.
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Marr, Matthew J. The Politics of Age and Disability in Contemporary Spanish Film: Plus Ultra Pluralism. New York: Routledge. (Forthcoming, 2012)
Marr, Matthew J. Postmodern Metapoetry and the Replenishment of the Spanish Lyrical Genre, 1980-2000. Anstruther, Fife, Scotland: La Sirena, 2007.
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): 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 Spanish Screen Fiction: Between Cinema and Television, by Paul Julian Smith. Revista Hispánica Moderna 64.1 (2011): 100-03.
The Pennsylvania State University (2007-present):
Social-Issue Cinema in Contemporary Spain
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)
Contemporary Spanish Poetry (Graduate)
Survey of Spanish Literature Since 1700
Introduction to Hispanic Literature
University of Illinois at Chicago (2004-07):
Recent Spanish Film from Fiction (Graduate)
Post-Civil War Narrative (Graduate)
Spanish Narrative from Realism to the Generation of 1898 (Graduate)
Spanish Poetry of the (Post)Modern Century (Graduate)
The Emerging Canon of Recent Spanish Fiction (Graduate)
Topics in Contemporary Spanish Cultural Studies (Senior Seminar)
Modern Spanish Literature & Society
Civilization and Culture of Spain
Northwestern University (Fall 2006)
Literature in Spain since 1700
Middlebury College (2003-04)
The Changing Face of the Hero in the Modern Spanish Novel