Bárbara Arizti Martín
Bárbara Arizti is Senior lecturer in English Literature at the Department of English and German Philology of Zaragoza University. After taking her degree she worked as a Spanish Assistant Teacher in York, UK. In 1991, she obtained a competitive national scholarship to pursue her doctoral studies in Zaragoza and Norwich (School of English and American Studies, University of East Anglia). She was Research Fellow until the year 1994, in which she began teaching. She co-edited the journal Miscelánea: A Journal of English and American Studies between the years 2006 and 2013. She is currently the Secretary of the Department.
Arizti wrote her doctoral thesis on the work of David Lodge and is the author of the book 'Textuality as Striptease': the Discourses of Intimacy in David Lodge's Changing Places and Small World (2002). In 2007 she co-edited with Silvia Martínez-Falquina the collective volume On the Turn: The Ethics of Fiction in Contemporary Narrative in English. The book is a selection of the best contributions to the international conference “X Jornadas de Literatura Contemporánea en Lengua Inglesa”, organised by Arizti and Martínez-Falquina in the year 2006. She has also published several articles and book chapters in scholarly journals and prestigious publishers on Lodge and other authors like Ian McEwan, Daniel Berrigan, Jean Rhys, Jamaica Kincaid, Janette Turner Hospital and Tim Winton. She is a regular contributor to conferences, especially those organised by AEDEAN, EASA and ACLALS.
Her current research interests are postcolonial literature and criticism, more concretely Australian and Caribbean literatures. She is particularly interested in the relationship between ethics and literature, Trauma Studies, Memory Studies, and, more recently, Transmodernity. Some of her latest publications are “Self-representation and the (Im)possibility of Remembering in Jamaica Kincaid’s The Autobiography of My Mother and Mr. Potter”. (Traumatic Memory and the Ethical, Political and Transhistorical Functions of Literature. Susana Onega, Constanza del Río y Maite Escudero, eds. Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict series. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 2017); “The Holocaust in the Eye of the Beholder: Memory in Carmel Bird’s The Bluebird Café”. (Memory Frictions: Conflict, Negotiation, Politics. María Jesús Martínez Alfaro and Silvia Pellicer Ortín, eds. London and New York: Palgrave MacMillan. 2017; “Working Through Trauma in a Time of Terror: Janette Turner Hospital’s Orpheus Lost” (Wasafiri: International Contemporary Writing 30.1 (2015): 65-71 at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02690055.2015.981034); “‘Welcome to contemporary trauma culture’: Ian McEwan’s Saturday”. (Trauma in Contemporary Literature: Narrative and Representation. Marita Nadal and Mónica Calvo, eds. London & New York: Routledge, 2014, pp. 237-248); “New Possibilities of Neighbouring: Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet” (Coolabah. 10 (2013): 7-19. at: http://www.ub.edu/dpfilsa/Coolabahindexvol10.html).