María Jesús Martínez
María Jesús Martínez-Alfaro is Senior Lecturer at the Department of English and German Philology of the University of Zaragoza (Spain). She first entered the Department as a research fellow after obtaining a competitive national scholarship to complete her doctoral studies at Zaragoza University. She wrote her PhD dissertation on Narrative
Strategies in Charles Palliser’s The Quincunx, The Sensationist and Betrayals (2003), under the supervision of Dr Susana Onega. She currently teaches English literature modules in the Degrees in English Studies, Hispanic Philology and Classical Studies. She is one of the editorial board members of Miscelánea. A Journal of English and American Studies, published by the Department. She has been coordinator of the Erasmus Exchange Program between the Department and: the University of Chester (UK) since 2005; the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), since 2006.
María Jesús Martínez-Alfaro is one of the members of a team of departmental lecturers whose research on contemporary literature(s) in English is financed by the Aragonese Government, as well as by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the European Regional Development Fund. Over the years, she has worked with this group of researchers, whose latest research projects are “Trauma and Beyond: The Rhetorics and Politics of Suffering in Contemporary Narrative in English” (years 2013-2015, code FFI2012-32719) and “Palimpsestic Knowledge: Inquiries into a Transmodern Literary Paradigm” (years 2016-2017, code FFI2015-65775-P).
Dr Martínez-Alfaro’s research focuses on contemporary narrative in English and, more specifically, on transmodernity, ethics, trauma, and memory, with a special interest in the field of Holocaust literature. She co-edited the books Beyond Borders: Redefining Generic and Ontological Boundaries (C. Winter, 2002) and Memory Frictions in Contemporary Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). She has published on authors like Martin Amis, John Fowles, Peter Ackroyd, A. S. Byatt, Charles Palliser, Art Spiegelman, Jane Yolen, Cynthia Ozick, Lisa Goldstein, Louise Murphy and Rachel Seiffert, among others, in volumes of collected essays and in journals such as the European Journal of English Studies (EJES); Twentieth-Century Literature; JNT. Journal of Narrative Theory; Journal of the Short Story in English (JSSE); Symbolism; Critical Engagements, etc. The results of her research are also regularly shared with the scientific community in conferences such as those organised by the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies (AEDEAN), the University of Lincoln (on 21st-century writing in English), the Transatlantic Studies Association (TSA) and the Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool.