I am a scholar of 20th and 21st century Iberian literature and culture. My research focuses science fiction produced in a variety of media (novels, short stories, film, television, graphic novels, and comics). Feminist, queer, affect, and postcolonial theories influence my work.
My dissertation explores the affective dimensions of the posthuman in Catalan and Spanish science fiction published during the 20th and 21st centuries. Expanding upon Deleuze and Guattari’s assemblage theory and drawing from feminist scholars such as Karen Barad, Rosi Braidotti, Donna Haraway, N. Katherine Hayles, and Jasbir Puar, I propose the analytic of posthuman assemblages as a way to conceptualize the posthuman beyond the binaries which the term typically implies: human/nonhuman, organic/inorganic, natural/unnatural, nature/machine, animate/inanimate, etc. In other words, assemblage theory changes the way we think about the posthuman, why it takes different forms at distinct moments and what the consequences of these manifestations are, thereby moving beyond the question of what the posthuman is to what the posthuman does and how it becomes. I argue that fear and anxiety are the primary affective forces that bring posthuman assemblages in Iberian science fiction into formation, and I trace the political implications of the shifting representations of the posthuman over the 20th and 21st centuries.