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Ana Álvarez Guillén

Ana Álvarez Guillén

Ana Álvarez Guillén
Ana Álvarez Guillén

Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
129 Major Williams Hall 220 Stanger Street Blacksburg, VA 24061

Ana Álvarez Guillén is an Instructor of Spanish in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky.

Dissertation Title and Summary

“El anverso de lo cotidiano: percepción woolfiana en la cuentística de Rodoreda, Roig, Alós y Riera”

Conventional understandings of perception have long undergirded traditional readings of Modernist texts in adopting a predominantly subject-centered perspective that separates subject from object in a vertical and hierarchical relationship. I argue that a consideration of Virginia Woolf’s short stories in dialogue with four generations of twentieth-century Catalan women writers who followed her work closely suggests an entirely different epistemological framework of perception in which subject and object are fluidly and horizontally organized. Mercè Rodoreda, Concha Alós, Montserrat Roig and Carme Riera establish a horizontal fictional dialogue that constitutes a return to the object that decenters the subject, resulting in an alternative understanding of quotidian reality in which objects acquire a life and agency proper to subjects. I draw an evolutionary thought line between these stories and current feminist New Materialisms that propose precisely the dissolution of constructed binomial limits between perceiving and perceived, human and non-human, and nature and materiality as a liberating new way of conceiving our world because it redefines social power along a horizontal axis.  I thus locate Woolf and her Catalan counterparts on an epistemological continuum—and an intergenerational theoretical genealogy—with theorists such as Elizabeth Grosz, Sarah Ahmed and Samantha Frost, whose collective new materialist thinking ideates a salutary shift toward care economies and democratized social dynamics.


  • 20th and 21st Century Spanish Peninsular Literature
  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Catalan Short Story
  • Feminist New Materialisms
  • Ethics of care and care economy
  • PhD in Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky, 2022 (expected)
  • Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky, 2019
  • MA in Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky, 2018
  • MA in English, University of Salamanca and University of Valladolid, 2015
  • BA in English Studies, University of Valladolid, 2014
  • Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cine Españoles Siglo XXI (ALCESXXI)
  • Hispanic Studies Summer Research Stipend given by the University of Kentucky, 2019
  • Award for Service to the Department given by the University of Kentucky, 2018
  • HIGSA Community Service Award given by the University of Kentucky, 2018
  • Lectureship program at the University of Kentucky awarded by the University of Valladolid, 2015
  • Study abroad Erasmus program at the National University of Ireland, Galway awarded by the University of Valladolid, 2012

Journal Articles

"La mirada aristocrática: caricaturización y exotismo en La gaviota e Insolación”. La Tribuna. Cadernos de Estudos da Casa-Museo Emilia Pardo Bazán 15 (under review).

“Perception and the ‘I’ in Samuel Beckett’s Company and Francis Bacon’s Paintings.” Laocoonte. Revista de Estética y Teoría de las Artes 3. 3 (2016): 135-50.

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • SPAN 3106 – Advanced Spanish Conversation through Spanish Cinema
  • SPAN 3105 – Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition

University of Kentucky

  • SPA 323 – Introduction to Spanish Translation for Spanish majors and minors
  • SPA 310 – Spanish Composition through Textual Analysis for majors and minors
  • SPA 211 – Intermediate Spanish Conversation for Spanish majors and minors
  • SPA 210 – Advanced Spanish Grammar and Syntax for Spanish majors and minors
  • SPA 203 – High Intermediate Spanish (communicative competence and culture)
  • SPA 202 – Intermediate Spanish IV (fourth-semester language and culture)
  • SPA 201 – Intermediate Spanish III (third-semester language and culture)
  • SPA 103 – High Beginner Spanish (communicative competence and culture)
  • SPA 102 – Elementary Spanish II (second-semester language and culture)
  • SPA 101 – Elementary Spanish II (first-semester language and culture)

"Las voces de Irene Solà y Maria Arnal y Marcel Bagés: relaciones alternativas con el Antropoceno”.Repensar los cuidados en el Antropoceno: aspectos sociales, comunitarios y medioambientales. II Jornadas Virtuales ALCESXXI, 2021

“Vuelta a la materia: epistemologías liberadoras en la cuentística de Mercè Rodoreda”. Biannual forum Nuestro Rumbo: Rutas de investigación en Hispanic Studies. University of Kentucky, 2021.

“Reescribiendo a la mujer desde la tragedia: La Novia de Paula Ortiz”. Cine-Lit 9: Mujer y Género. University of Oregon, Portland State University, and Oregon State University, 2019.

“Metamorfosis de lo cotidiano: percepción en La meva Cristina i altres contes de Rodoreda”. Asociación de Licenciados y Doctores Españoles en Estados Unidos (ALDEEU), “Thomas Jefferson y el universo hispano (1818-2018).” University of Virginia, 2018.