Jessica Aliaga Lavrijsen

Jessica Aliaga Lavrijsen is Associate Professor at the Centro Universitario de la Defensa (Zaragoza). She graduated in English Philology at the University of Zaragoza in June 2003, and she completed her formation in the Doctoral programme “Textual and Cultural Studies in English II”, distinguished with a Quality Mention. She won a scholarship financed by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology in a national competition (2005), and in 2006 she passed with Honours the examinations to obtain the Diploma in Advanced Studies (MA) in the same programme, In June 2010 she completed her PhD on the work of Brian McCabe under the supervision of Prof Susana Onega with the dissertation entitled “The Redefinition of Scottish Identity and the Relation Self-Other(s) in the Fiction of Brian McCabe”, and was then awarded with the competitive scholarship Saltire Society for Scottish Studies by the British Arts Council.

She is also founder of the Publishing house Jekyll and Jill and has received several awards such as Premio al Libro Mejor Editado (2011, 2012 and 2015) Gobierno de Aragón, and Premios Cálamo (2014), Premio Extraordinario.

Her main research interests include contemporary Scottish fiction, speculative fiction, issues of postmodern and transmodern identity and narrativity. Her more recent publications are The Redefinition of (Scottish) Identity and the Fiction of Brian McCabe (New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, 2013); Is This a Culture of Trauma?” An Interdisciplinary Approach. Jessica Aliaga Lavrijsen and Michael Bick (eds) (Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press. 2013), El Otro McCoy (Jekyll&Jill, 2012), “Trauma and Silence in Brian McCabe’s “Say Something”, in Between the Urge to Know and the Need to Deny: Trauma and Ethics in Contemporary British and American Literature. Eds Dolores Herrero y Sonia Baelo-Allué (Anglistische Forschungen; Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2011).

She has also co-organised several International seminars at the Eurpean Society for the Study of English (ESSE), such as "Celtic Fictions-Scottish and Irish Speculative Fiction (Galway 2016) and “F(r)ictions of truth and justice: reframing terrorism in literary texts and Films” (Kosiçe 2014), as well as the International conference “Transmodern Perspectives on Contemporary Literatures in English”(Zaragoza 2017).


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