I am a scholar of 20th and 21st century literature and culture in Spanish, Catalan, and English. My research focuses on science fiction and fantasy produced in a variety of media (novels, short stories, film, television, graphic novels, and comics). Feminist, queer, affect, disability, critical race, and decolonial theories deeply influence my work.
My research shows that narratives that take place in the most fantastical places, futuristic societies, and/or faraway galaxies often reveal the hopes, anxieties, and fears of the historical circumstances in which the works emerged. I focus primarily on the posthuman (robots, cyborgs, artificial intelligence, and the like) and what these figures can tell us about humanity’s relationship to technology and the shifting parameters we used to define the non/other-than/human. Additionally, I draw upon feminist theories of intersectionality and assemblage to examine how different works of science fiction represent, challenge, or reinforce constructions of sex, gender, sexuality, race, ability, and class.
My dissertation, “Fear, Anxiety, and the Assemblage of the Posthuman in Spanish and Catalan Science Fiction (2012-2018),” explores the affective dimensions of the posthuman and traces the political implications of the figure’s shifting representations over the 20th and 21st centuries . Expanding upon Deleuze and Guattari’s theory of assemblage and drawing from feminist, critical race, and queer theories, I propose the analytic of “posthuman assemblage” 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 Spanish and Catalan science fiction into formation.