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Rosalía Baena 

Department
Filología
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. Universidad de Navarra
Research lines
Narrative and Identity. Englishness, Illness and Disability Memoirs, Contemporary life writing/autobiography in English, Narrative Emotions. Nostalgia. Empathy

Most recent scientific publications (since 2010)

Authors: Baena, Rosalía, (Traductor)
Journal: CUADERNOS DE BIOETICA
ISSN 1132-1989  Vol. 29  Nº 1  2018  pp. 83 - 92
Authors: Baena, Rosalía;
Journal: DIEGESIS (WUPPERTAL)
ISSN 2195-2116  Vol. 6  Nº 2  2017  pp. 1 - 13
Focusing on the concepts of narrative empathy and recognition, this article aims to explore ways in which personal narratives may promote a renewed perception of illness and disability. Taking its cue from studies by Rita Felski (2008) and Suzanne Keen (2013), it investigates how empathic experience reflects the force and intensity of aesthetic encounters. Specifically, it addresses two texts that deal with the experience of illness and disability: Christina Middlebrook's Seeing the Crab. A Memoir of Dying Before I Do (1996) and Harriet McBryde Johnson's Too Late to Die Young. Nearly True Tales from a Life (2005). These authors write their lives in order to influence the way we perceive and understand illness and disability. Their major cultural mediation lies in their willingness to connect with their readers both affectively and cognitively, counter-arguing the culture of denial of death and rejecting pity and compassion in the face of illness and disability
Authors: Baena, Rosalía;
Journal: MEDICAL HUMANITIES
ISSN 1468-215X  2017  pp. 177 - 184
This article analyses the concept of narrative empathy in illness memoirs. These texts negotiate the narrative identity of an autobiographer as he or she recounts the disruptive experience of illness, an experience in which physical and emotional traces dramatically and definitively shape our sense of self. While narrative emotions are certainly deployed in these autobiographies in order to connect with the readers and promote social change, this empathic connection is not so much aimed at arousing compassion but rather more positive emotions on the experience of illness. I will explore the emotional representations of cancer in Arthur Frank's At the Will of the Body (1991) and Kathlyn Conway's Ordinary Life: A Memoir of Illness (1997), focusing on the identity strategies these authors use in order to become affirmative models of disability and illness, showing the damaging effects not of disease or impairment but, rather, of the cultural mythologies that interpret those conditions in reductive or disparaging ways
Authors: Baena, Rosalía;
Journal: CONCENTRIC LITERARY AND CULTURAL STUDIES
ISSN 1729-6897  Vol. 42  Nº 2  2016  pp. 65 - 83
Authors: Baena, Rosalía; Byker, C.;
Journal: NATIONAL IDENTITIES
ISSN 1460-8944  Vol. 17  Nº 3  2015  pp. 259 - 269
This article explores both Englishness and nostalgia in the period drama, Downton Abbey (Julian Fellowes, ITV, 2010¿). The story of the Earl of Grantham and his family engage the viewer's emotions by recreating a by-gone era, which could actually stir an acute reflexive nostalgia. Given its popularity, we will explore the ideological use of nostalgia for this contemporary performance of Englishness. Through a close narrative analysis, we will further analyse the meanings of both English estates and social class in the series. Thus, we will see how instances of collective nostalgia may reveal underlying cultural values
Authors: Baena, Rosalía, (Traductor)
Journal: CUADERNOS DE BIOETICA
ISSN 1132-1989  Vol. 25  Nº 3  2014  pp. 509 - 521
Authors: Baena, Rosalía;
Journal: NARRATIVE WORKS
ISSN 1925-0622  Vol. 4  Nº 2  2014  pp. 1 - 7
Authors: Baena, Rosalía, (Corrector)
Journal: CUADERNOS DE BIOETICA
ISSN 1132-1989  Vol. 24  Nº 82  2013  pp. 501 - 504
Authors: Baena, Rosalía;
Journal: INTERDISCIPLINARY LITERARY STUDIES
ISSN 1524-8429  Vol. 15  Nº 1  2013  pp. 127 - 140
Authors: Baena, Rosalía, (Traductor)
Journal: CUADERNOS DE BIOETICA
ISSN 1132-1989  Vol. 23  Nº 79  2012  pp. 775 - 780
Authors: Arellano, Araceli, (Traductor); Baena, Rosalía, (Traductor)
Journal: CUADERNOS DE BIOETICA
ISSN 1132-1989  Vol. 23  Nº 3  2012  pp. 775 - 779
Authors: Baena, Rosalía, (Traductor)
Journal: CUADERNOS DE BIOETICA
ISSN 1132-1989  Vol. 22  Nº 76  2011  pp. 567 - 574
Authors: Baena, Rosalía, (Traductor)
Journal: CUADERNOS DE BIOETICA
ISSN 1132-1989  Vol. 22  Nº 3  2011  pp. 567 - 574
Traducción comentada de "Giving Life a Chance" por Nirmmala Jegathesan (traducido por Adriana Gordejuela y Rosalía Baena)
Authors: Baena, Rosalía, (Traductor)
Journal: CUADERNOS DE BIOETICA
ISSN 1132-1989  Vol. 21  Nº 73  2010  pp. 405 - 418
Authors: Baena, Rosalía, (Traductor)
Journal: CUADERNOS DE BIOETICA
ISSN 1132-1989  Vol. 21  Nº 73  2010  pp. 405 - 418
Authors: Baena, Rosalía;
Book title:  Emotions in Contemporary TV Series
2016  pp. 118 - 133
Cultural identity in England has been a major concern since the end of the Second World War. As the historian Linda Colley argues, `the identity of Britain only began to be seriously investigated (as distinct from being taken for granted) after the Second World War, a time when peace and imperial retreat fostered a highly introverted view of the British past¿ (311). During the twentieth century, several issues ¿ among them, the last vestiges of the Empire, economic decline, and social change ¿ seriously undermined the classic sense of English identity (Kumar 250¿1). Moreover, Britain appears to be currently immersed in a postnational era marked by the challenges of globalization, Europeanization and internal devolution. In this context, an analysis of the contemporary cultural forms that evoke an acute national sense through a highly idealized English way of life will allow us to understand the reasons why and how nostalgia protagonizes these representations
Authors: Ruiz-Canela, Miguel; Baena, Rosalía;
Book title:  Bioética y cuidados en enfermería
2014  pp. 211 - 225
Authors: Baena, Rosalía;
Book title:  Emociones y estilos de vida: radiografía de nuestro tiempo
2013  pp. 131 - 154
Authors: Baena, Rosalía, (Editor)
2014 
Though much has been written about narrative identity, this collection of essays privileges its possibilities from the perspective of theories of emotions. The following articles refer both to the ways in which emotions are represented in narratives, as well as how these representations assume a reader's emotional competence, dwelling on the numerous ways in which narrative empathy is enhanced. Through close readings of different contemporary narratives, this special issue illustrates the advantages of narrative in the portrayal of emotions: "Emotions are, unlike language, non-linear, imprecise, unstructured and diffuse. Therefore language is an inadequate medium to represent emotions, and 'telling,¿ that is, putting a simple label on an emotional state, is less engaging than 'showing' by a wide register of narrative means available to fiction" (Nikolajeva, 2014, p. 95). In this context, the critical work included in this issue shows how investigating the representation of emotions in literary works requires an engagement with multiple aspects, which include: "the author's intention, the reception by the reader guided by his/her perceptions and assumptions, and the literary work's emotional structure' i.e., signals and markers that refer to emotional conditions and govern the reader's attitude towards the text" (Kümmerling-Meibauer, 2012, p. 131)
Authors: Saiz-Cerreda, M. P., (Editor); Baena, Rosalía, (Editor)
2012 

Teaching experience

   

Literary Study Tour. 
Universidad de Navarra - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras.

British and American Literature (FyL). 
Universidad de Navarra - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras.