Associate Professor of Spanish
The Pennsylvania State University

Mailing Address

Department of Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese

231 Burrowes Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Office Address

Keller Building 4A (Basement)

Fall 2014 Office Hours *in Kern Lobby*: Tues./Thurs. 4:00-5:30 (or by appointment)






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). 

His most recent book, published with Routledge in 2013, is The Politics of Age and Disability in Contemporary Spanish Film: Plus Ultra Pluralism.


Full Curriculum Vitae (PDF)



Marr, Matthew J. The Politics of Age and Disability in Contemporary Spanish Film: Plus Ultra Pluralism. New York: Routledge, 2013. 206 pp.

Marr, Matthew J. Postmodern Metapoetry and the Replenishment of the Spanish Lyrical Genre, 1980-2000. Anstruther, Fife, Scotland: La Sirena, 2007. 138 pp.


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 A Companion to Spanish Cinema, eds. Jo Labanyi and Tatjana Pavlovic.  Bulletin of Hispanic Studies.  (Forthcoming)

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

Marr, Matthew J.  Rev. of Historia poética de Nueva York en la España contemporánea, by Julio Neira. Hispanófila.  (Forthcoming)

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


Modern Hispanic Short Story: Realism & the Fantastic

Contemporary Spanish Culture & Society in Film

Contemporary Spanish Short Story (Graduate)

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