Grupos Investigadores

Miembros del Grupo

Líneas de Investigación

  • Autobiografía de enfermedad contemporánea
  • Autobiografía y derechos humanos
  • Bios y representación de conflictos
  • Diarios de guerra
  • Escritura auto/biográfica e identidad
  • Novela gráfica. Autobiografía multicultural

Palabras Clave

  • African American life Writing
  • Artistic self-representation
  • Asian American life Writing
  • Auto/biography
  • Cancer memoir
  • Graphic novel
  • Human rights
  • Intellectual biography
  • Life writing
  • Multicultural autobiography
  • Social activism
  • Social media
  • Testimonio
  • War diary

Publicaciones Científicas desde 2018

  • Autores: Martínez García, Ana Belén
    ISSN: 0162-4962 Vol.45 N° 3 2022 págs. 374 - 377
    Book review for the journal. Guest contribution commissioned by editors of the journal.
  • Autores: Baena, Rosalía (Autor de correspondencia)
    Revista: PROSE STUDIES
    ISSN: 0144-0357 Vol.42 N° 1 2021 págs. 1 - 15
    What does it mean to live with breast cancer, anorexia, chronic pain, dementia, or COVID-19? How does it feel to care for aging parents or to live with people with Alzheimer's? Contemporary illness memoirs foreground these experiences, offering readers insider accounts of lives marked by infirmity. This special issue of Prose Studies presents six critical readings of contemporary experiences of illness, highlighting both the aesthetic and personal experience of reading illness memoirs. These articles address pressing questions regarding how we understand illness and disability today, what popular perspectives get wrong about lived experiences of illness, as well as how reading illness memoirs might help correct widespread or less-thoughtful social and cultural perceptions of the experience of illness.
  • Autores: Baena, Rosalía (Autor de correspondencia)
    ISSN: 2509-4882 Vol.6 N° 2 2020 págs. 231 - 258
    In the midst of the age of memoir, where the demarcation between public discourse and private lives has been eroded, a number of life-writing genres figure prominently as identity narratives. Specifically, illness narratives proliferate in both digital and non-digital forms, thus becoming powerful social and cultural forms to understand illness today. This article aims to analyze how online forms are bringing relevant changes both to the genre and to the actual communication of cancer experience. Nancy K. Miller and Susan Gubar choose different forms (visual diary and blog, respectively) to help readers ¿acknowledge the place of cancer in the world¿. Having lived in cancerland for a while, both reject widespread stereotypes about illness, such as being a cancer survivor, the role of the good patient or the need to reject negative emotions such as anger, fear or sadness. Specifically, I will use the concept of automediality in order to explore how subjectivity is constructed in their use of images and new media. This concept may help us further explore the ways in which online forms offer new ways of self-representation and mediation between technology and subjectivities.
  • Autores: Martínez García, Ana Belén (Autor de correspondencia)
    Revista: PROSE STUDIES
    ISSN: 1743-9426 Vol.41 N° 3 2020 págs. 349 - 366
    Climate change and the concerns it raises for the environment and all those inhabiting planet earth, human and nonhuman alike, have prompted waves of activism since the last decades of the twentieth century. Over the last few years, however, a novel form of activism has emerged, apparently led by children and youth from all over the world. This article studies how one of its most prominent leaders, Greta Thunberg, and her climate activism may be read as a life-writing project. Drawing on traditions of social movements and testimony, rights discourse, rhetoric and strong emotions are strategically deployed to generate affective and effective engagement and action. The self that is in the making in Thunberg's audiovisual and written life-writing texts is arguably a testimonial 'I' to lay bare injustice. Her self-construction hinges upon the denunciation of broader systemic causes than mere lack of attention to the climate crisis.
  • Autores: Davis García, Rocío
    ISSN: 0162-4962 Vol.42 N° 2 2019 págs. 436 - 438
  • Autores: Martínez García, Ana Belén
    ISSN: 0213-2370 Vol.35 N° 2 2019 págs. 718 - 721
  • Autores: Aurell Cardona, Jaume (Autor de correspondencia); Davis García, Rocío
    Revista: LIFE WRITING
    ISSN: 1448-4528 Vol.16 N° 4 2019 págs. 503 - 511
    Experimentation and theorising on forms of life writing from the field of history has grown substantially in recent decades, as historians understand how autobiographical narrative may contribute to understanding both the past and our processes of accessing it. The introduction to this special issue on `History and Autobiography¿ outlines some theoretical debates emerging from the intersection of history with different forms of self-representation, and highlights some of the main points examined by the contributors. Some contributors explore the convergence of history and life writing through an autobiographical voice, while others work theoretically or critically. Beyond these different approaches, all the essays explore to what extent autobiography serves historical writing and comprehension, and examine the theoretical and practical consequences of this convergence.
  • Autores: Baena, Rosalía (Traductor)
    ISSN: 1132-1989 Vol.30 N° 1 2019 págs. 101 - 104
    Traducción comentada del inicio de la autobiografía de enfermedad "The Bright Hour" de Nina Riggs (2017)
  • Autores: Martínez García, Ana Belén
    Revista: STATE CRIME
    ISSN: 2046-6056 Vol.8 N° 1 2019 págs. 59 - 79
    China's policy of returning North Koreans without a previous screening of their particular cases goes against international agreements, such as the Refugee Convention and Protocol. Multiple organizations have discussed this issue, quoting from legal documents as well as anonymized interviews. What this essay aims to do is present autobiographical texts that deal with the same topic but from a personal point of view. The conditions of North Koreans in China, relived in testimonial accounts, deserve special attention because of their first-person account of victimization. This essay situates North Korean women's memoirs within the tradition of life writing for testimonial purposes, aimed at raising awareness of the critical absence of human rights in the context of North Korean refugees, and the ongoing atrocities committed against girls and women.
  • Autores: Martínez García, Ana Belén
    ISSN: 1753-5190 Vol.12 N° 1-2 2019 págs. 201 - 217
    This article explores the storytelling practices employed in Malala Yousafzai's life-writing texts as examples of collaboration in the co-construction of an activist agenda. It tracks the narrative 'I' and its movements in and out of the plural pronoun 'we' as it moves across communities and embraces the legacy of testimonial accounts by both former and contemporary human rights activists. In line with that tradition, it is necessary to include the stories of other victimized people in the life-writing text, so that the result advocates for change on a sociopolitical, not just individual, level. The fact that the texts are mediated by editors, translators, co-authors and collaborators every step of the way paves the collaborative path Global South young women activists traverse, a path fraught with potential pitfalls and ethical difficulties for them and for scholars alike.
  • Autores: Martínez García, Ana Belén
    Revista: LIFE WRITING
    ISSN: 1448-4528 Vol.15 N° 4 2018 págs. 487 - 503
    The peculiar format of the TED talk lends itself particularly well to human rights advocacy campaigns. Advocates worldwide need to present a self in consonance with the ideals they uphold. A TED talk, characterised by condensing information in a manner conducive to capturing the interest of an international audience and in just over 15 to 20 minutes on average, is an opportunity for activists to represent - and identify - themselves with a very simple and distinct memorable message. A determining factor of TED talks is the memoir detail the speakers exploit in a sort of rags-to-riches narrative, where overcoming difficulty and finding success are recurrent tropes. This article explores two case studies - two North Korean young women defectors and their TED/TEDx talks. Reading their TED talks as examples of human rights life writing showcases an interesting move on the part of activists towards online platforms that may allow for immediacy and reach. The technological affordances TED provides, such as the interactive mechanisms that facilitate comments and replies, match the activist agenda of reaching wider audiences, informing the public of the transgressions they denounce. These rights activists¿ self-presentation acts are shaped by an emotional discourse to gain the support they seek.
  • Autores: Martínez García, Ana Belén
    Revista: PROSE STUDIES
    ISSN: 0144-0357 Vol.39 N° 2-3 2018 págs. 132 - 149
    The war in Syria has been covered extensively in the media. Yet, it seems the conflict had all but been forgotten when the story of Bana Alabed surfaced on Twitter. Deploying digital media for human rights activism is not new, particularly in the context of the Arab Spring and subsequent upheaval in the Middle East, online and offline. This article explores how Bana Alabed¿s Twitter account, managed by her mother, has been instrumental in a change of views and actions on the part of the Global North. It looks at the ways in which the complex universal image of the suffering child is harnessed to denounce violence but, intriguingly, showcasing the problems of instability in the region and political trends. Other stories from Aleppo had been told. However, the trope of the girl in need permeates humanitarian discourse and, wielding emotions strategically, makes ethical claims on readers and audiences alike.
  • Autores: Baena, Rosalía
    Libro: The Routledge Companion to Death and Literature
    ISSN: 9780367619015 2021 págs. 372 - 382
    Death and autobiography have been closely associated since the beginning of life writing studies. From Paul De Man's seminal article "Autobiography as De-facement" (1979), we have been aware of the "restoration of mortality by autobiography" (930). Furthermore, different scholars have dealt with the idea of death as prompting "scriptotherapy", that is to say, the need to write as part of the process of healing or consolation before imminent death. As Susanna Egan explains, the "ultimate, or foundational, relationship of life with death has always been important to autobiography" (Egan 12). Specifically, much recent autobiography deals with terminal illness, the process of dying and the facts of death. In fact, life-writing genres that specifically deal with the experience of death are proliferating in a variety of forms, visual and verbal, digital and non-digital, etc. In the wake of the memoir boom, we find autothanatographies (also called end-of-life memoirs or death memoirs), narratives of aging, illness memoirs, etc, which often function as counter-narratives in a Western culture of denial.
  • Autores: Baena, Rosalía
    Libro: Literature and character education in universities: theory, method, and text analysis
    ISSN: 9781003162209 2021 págs. 17 - 33
    The belief that reading stories is a good means to promote empathy and to improve character education has led educators to use literature at different educational levels. However, it is often the case that this potential that literature can offer does not reach actual students, primarily because the two functions of literature, `prodesse et delectare¿¿to teach and to delight¿are not sufficiently acknowledged as inseparable: students are frequently forced to choose between reading for pleasure and reading for moral improvement. Thus, focusing more on the reader, and exploring what reading for pleasure actually entails, we could use literature more effectively to educate our students¿ characters. Specifically, this chapter aims to explore how a more phenomenological and experiential approach to literature would help improve contemporary reading and teaching practices. Generally labeled `post-critics,¿ there are a number of scholars who argue for the need to focus more on readers and who propose alternative readings¿reflective (Rita Felski), creative (Derek Attridge), or rhetorical (James Phelan). This chapter ends with a brief reference to my experience in teaching in a Core Curriculum program within this phenomenological framework that focuses on the actual students¿ experience and responses to literature.
  • Autores: Baena, Rosalía
    Libro: Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives
    ISSN: 9781410388070 Vol.2 2019 págs. 755 - 758
  • Autores: Saiz Cerreda, María del Pilar
    Libro: Guerra y violencia en la Literatura y en la Historia
    ISSN: 978-84-946637-4-1 2018 págs. 127 - 133
  • Autores: Martínez García, Ana Belén
    ISSN: 978-3-030-46419-6 2020
    This book is a timely study of young women's life writing as a form of human rights activism. It focuses on six young women who suffered human rights violations when they were girls and have gone on to become activists through life writing: Malala Yousafzai, Hyeonseo Lee, Yeonmi Park, Bana Alabed, Nujeen Mustafa, and Nadia Murad. Their ongoing life-writing projects diverge to some extent, but all share several notable features: they claim a testimonial collective voice, they deploy rights discourse, they excite humanitarian emotions, they link up their context-bound plight with bigger social justice causes, and they use English as their vehicle of self-expression and self-construction. This strategic use of English is of vital importance, as it has brought them together as icons in the public sphere within the last six years. New Forms of Self-Narration is the first ever attempt to explore all these activists' life-writing texts side by side, encompassing both the written and the audiovisual material, online and offline, and taking all texts as belonging to a unique, single, though multifaceted, project.

Proyectos desde 2018

  • Título: Ayuda de movilidad José Castillejo
    Código de expediente: CAS18/00158
    Investigador principal: ANA BELEN MARTINEZ GARCIA.
    Convocatoria: 2018 MECD CASTILLEJO
    Fecha de inicio: 01-01-2019
    Fecha fin: 30-06-2019
    Importe concedido: 19.620,00€
    Otros fondos: -
  • Título: La comunicación del cambio climático a través de las redes sociales: estrategias, emociones e imágenes
    Código de expediente: RTI2018-098190-B-I00
    Convocatoria: 2018 AEI - MCIU - Retos Investigación
    Fecha de inicio: 01-01-2019
    Fecha fin: 31-08-2022
    Importe concedido: 29.645,00€
    Otros fondos: Fondos FEDER
  • Título: Ayuda Movilidad Senior 2018
    Código de expediente: PRX18/00338
    Convocatoria: 2018 MECD SENIOR
    Fecha de inicio: 01-07-2018
    Fecha fin: 31-12-2018
    Importe concedido: 19.309,00€
    Otros fondos: -