Intersections of Race and Gender in Contemporary Iberian Studies
N. Michelle Murray – Vanderbilt University
This talk will provide a brief overview of the representation of migrant women by Spanish directors in the films Flores de otro mundo, Princesas, and Amador. The talk connects these works to the writings of Lucía Asué Mbomío Rubio and Quan Zhou Wu, whose novels reflect and nuance the established frameworks for representing race and gender in contemporary Spain.
This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and the Women’s & Gender Resource Center.
N. Michelle Murray is an assistant professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary Spanish literature and film. Her first book Home Away from Home: Immigrant Narratives, Domesticity, and Coloniality in Contemporary Spanish Culture (UNC Press for North Carolina Studies in Romance Languages and Literatures, 2018) studies representations of immigrant women as domestic workers in contemporary Spain. She has published articles in Research in African Literatures, Symposium, Letras Femeninas, Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas, Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, and Revista 452oF. She has contributed essays to many edited volumes, most recently Liquid Borders (Routledge, 2021) and Flesh, and Stone: The Matter of Death in Modern Spain (Vanderbilt U Press, 2021). She is co-editor of the volume Unsettling Colonialism: Gender and Race in the Global Nineteenth-Century Hispanic World (SUNY, 2019). She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Migrant Markets; this book explores migration, political economy, and trafficking in the Southern Mediterranean.