Bárbara Arizti Martín
Bárbara Arizti is Senior lecturer in English Literature at the Department of English and German Philology of the University of Zaragoza. After taking her degree in English Philology, she worked as a Spanish Assistant Teacher in York, UK, for an academic year. 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 (Literature, Film and Cultural Studies volumes). She is currently the secretary of the department.
Arizti wrote her doctoral thesis on 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 (Peter Lang, 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 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). She has published several articles and book chapters in scholarly journals as well as prestigious publishers on Lodge and other authors like Tim Winton, Jean Rhys, Jamaica Kincaid, Janette Turner Hospital, Carmel Bird, Elizabeth Jenkins, Daniel Berrigan, and Ian McEwan. She is a regular contributor to conferences, especially those organised by AEDEAN, ESSE, EASA and (E)ACLALS.
Arizti’s main research interests are postcolonial literature and criticism. She is particularly interested in contemporary Australian literature, the relationship between ethics and the novel, Trauma Studies, Memory Studies, and, more recently, Transmodernity. Some of her latest publications are “From Egology to Ecology: Elements of the Transmodern in Tim Winton’s Eyrie” (Transmodern Perspectives on Contemporary Literatures in English. Jessica Aliaga-Lavrijsen and José M. Yebra-Pertusa, eds. Routledge, 2019); “Of Holes and Wounds: Postcolonial Trauma and the Gothic in Catherine Jinks’s The Road” (ES Review. Spanish Journal of English Studies, 2018); “Tim Winton’s Palimpsestuous Australianness in Island Home: A Landscape Memoir” (JEASA, 2018); “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 Macmillan, 2017); and “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. Palgrave MacMillan, 2017).
Arizti combines her academic life with an intense outreach activity. Together with the group Celtic Airs, she has taken part in several editions of “European Researchers’ Night” (2013-2019), in the celebration of “Bloomsday” in Zaragoza (2014-2019), in the sixsession seminar “¿Quién Conoce a James Joyce?: Iniciación al universo joyceano”, held in the Teatro de las Esquinas, Zaragoza (2015), in the act “Celebrando a Yeats” (2015) and in the “Semana Cultural Irlandesa de Zaragoza” (2016, 2017), among some other concerts and poetry recitals.