Fields of Interest: Gender, urban & cultural studies, modern & contemporary Peninsular literature
Professor Maite Zubiaurre initiated her career as literary translator from novels in German into Spanish for the publisher Alfaguara. She holds a degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and taught at the University of Texas, Austin, UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México), and USC (University of Southern California), before joining the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Germanic Languages at UCLA. Her areas of expertise are comparative literature; gender studies; urban studies; cultural studies; modern and contemporary Peninsular literature; European (particularly German) and Latin American Realism; Latin American women’s fiction; and Latina and Chicana fiction. She is the author of El espacio en la novela realista. Paisajes, miniaturas, perspectivas (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2000), a book-length study of the dialectics of space and gender in European and Latin American realist fiction; and of Cultures of the Erotic. Spain 1898-1939 (Vanderbilt University Press, 2012), the first scholarly monograph that analyzes the diverse visual and textual representations of the erotic in Spanish popular culture during the so-called “Edad de Plata” or Silver Age (1898-1936). Maite Zubiaurre’s adaptation and translation into Spanish ofCultures of the Erotic —Culturas del erotismo en España 1898-1939— was published by Cátedra in 2014. A comprehensive virtual archive or erotic Wunderkammer contains all the textual and visual materials discussed in Cultures of the Erotic/ Culturas del erotismo, as well as additional texts and images found in early 20th century Spanish erotica. Professor Zubiaurre is the author also of numerous articles and critical editions, and is the co-editor, with Roberta Johnson, of an anthology of Spanish feminist thought (Antología del pensamiento feminista español: 1726-2008, Cátedra, 2012). She is presently writing a scholarly volume on the visual and textual representations of trash and rubble in contemporary culture, and pursuing her passion for photography and collage.