Jessica Folkart, Associate Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures - Alumni Teaching Award

Jessica Folkart

Jessica Folkart

Professor of Spanish


323 Major Williams Hall 
220 Stanger St. 
Blacksburg, VA 24061




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  • Spanish narrative
  • 20th-21st century Peninsular Spanish Culture
  • Identity and difference
  • Gender
  • The body

Professional Activities

  • Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Modern Language Association of America
  • Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence


  • Ph.D. University of Kansas
  • M.A. University of Kansas
  • B.A. College of William and Mary

Awards and Honors

Alumni Teaching Award

Certificate of Teaching Excellence

Panhellenic Teacher of Excellence

Selected Publications


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

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


“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.

“The Ethics of Spanish Identity and In-difference.” Philosophy and Literature 35.2 (2011): 216-32.

“Itinerant Identities: Galician Diaspora and Genre Subversion in Manuel Rivas’s A man dos paíños.” Anales de la literatura española contemporánea 33.1 (2008): 5-29. 

Additional Information

Current research investigates the representation of immigration, sexuality, and bodily waste in contemporary Spanish fiction.