Jessica Folkart

Jessica A. Folkart, Professor of Spanish

Jessica A. Folkart, Professor of Spanish
Jessica A. Folkart, Professor of Spanish

Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
331 Major Williams Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5362 |  jfolkart@vt.edu

Jessica A. Folkart (Ph.D. 1998, University of Kansas) is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at Virginia Tech.  She has authored two books, Liminal Fiction at the Edge of the Millennium: The Ends of Spanish Identity (Bucknell University Press, 2014) and Angles on Otherness in Post-Franco Spain: The Fiction of Cristina Fernández Cubas (Bucknell University Press, 2002), and many articles on Peninsular Spanish literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Her articles have appeared in such journals as Philosophy and Literature, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, and Hispanic Review. Her current research examines the representation of identity, immigration, and the liminal body. In the Spanish Program she is a Contemporary Peninsular specialist, teaching courses such as Sex and Power in Post-Franco Spain, Phantasms in Spanish Film and Fiction, and Cultural and Literary Studies of Modern Spain. She has won numerous teaching awards and is a member of the Academy of Teaching Excellence at Virginia Tech.

  • Contemporary Spanish fiction           
  • Identity
  • Gender
  • Immigration
  •  The body
  • PhD in Spanish literature, University of Kansas, 1998
  • MA in Spanish literature, University of Kansas, 1993
  • BA in Spanish and International Relations, College of William and Mary, 1991
  • Modern Language Association of America
  • Asociación de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades (member; past President and Vice President)
  • Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Certificates for Teaching Excellence
  • Panhellenic Teacher of Excellence

Books

Liminal Fiction at the Edge of the Millennium: The Ends of Spanish Identity. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2014. 262 pages.

Angles on Otherness in Post-Franco Spain: The Fiction of Cristina Fernández Cubas. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2002. 254 pages. 

Journal Articles

“On Doubling and Dis/ability: The Voice and View of Difference in ‘La habitación de Nona’ by Cristina Fernández Cubas.” Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures. Forthcoming.

“Of Prostitutes and Parchments: Sex, Immigration, and a Poetics of Skin in Lourdes Ortiz’s Fátima de los naufragios.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 40.2 (2016): 333-56.

“Scoring the National Hym(e)n: Sexuality, Immigration, and Identity in Najat El Hachmi’s L’últim patriarca.” Hispanic Review 81.3 (2013): 353-76.

“The Scatological Subject: Immigration, Evacuation, and the Abject in Juan Bonilla’s Los príncipes nubios.” Sociocriticism 27.1-2 (2012): 243-76.

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  • SPAN 5334G: Advanced Topics in Hispanic Life, Literature & Language
    •  Sex and Power in Spain: Romanticism to Francoism
    • Phantasms in Spanish Film & Fiction: Traces of Memory in Contemporary Spain
    • Contextualized Oral Practice & Advanced Grammar
  • SPAN 5324G: Sex and Subversion in Modern Spain
  • SPAN 5224: Topics in Spanish Civilization
    • Contemporary Spanish Women Writers
  • SPAN 4334: Special Topics in Hispanic Life, Literature, and Language
    • Sex and Power in Spain: Romanticism to Francoism
    • Phantasms in Spanish Film & Fiction: Traces of Memory in Contemporary Spain
    • Contemporary Spanish Women Writers
  • SPAN 4984: Special Study
  • SPAN 4324: Studies in 20th-Century Literature
    • Repression and Resistance in Contemporary Spain
    • Sex and Power in Post-Franco Spain
    • Sex and Subversion in Modern Spain
  • SPAN 4104: Advanced Grammar & Style
  • SPAN 3414: Modern Spanish Culture and Literature: 1700 - the Present
  • SPAN 3314: Survey of Peninsular Literature
  • SPAN 3304: Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 3204: Spanish Civilization and Culture
  • SPAN 3126: Oral Proficiency II
  •  SPAN 3125: Oral Proficiency I
  • SPAN 3106: Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation II
  • SPAN 3105: Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation I
  • SPAN 2744: Introduction to Spanish Civilization and Culture (in English)

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