Luisa-Elena Delgado

Areas of interest: Critical Theory – Gender Studies – Spanish Studies – Catalan Studies – Basque Studies – Democracy and citizenship

Luisa-Elena Delgado is a Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Critical Theory and Gender Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Delgado’s research focuses on the formation of Spanish national identity in the contemporary democratic period; an interest developed, for instance in her monograph La nación singular:  Fantasías de la normalidad democrática española (1996-2011) (2014). Her latest research explores emotions and affect in culture, and she recently edited the collection Engaging the Emotions in Spanish Culture and History (from the Eighteenth Century to the Present) (2016) alongside Pura Fernández and Jo Labanyi. A Spanish translation and update of that book (La cultura de las emociones) has been published by Cátedra (Madrid) in 2018.

Prof. Delgado has also written extensively on Spanish and Iberian identities: “Settled in Normal: Narratives of a Prozaic (Spanish) Nation” (2003) or “The Astigmatic Vision and the Perception of Minority Literatures” (2009). She has contributed to the theoretical debates on Iberian Studies in “‘If We Build It, Will They Come?’ Iberian Studies as a Field of Dreams” (2013). Luisa-Elena Delgado has also engaged with critical debates on nationalisms and questions on democratic citizenship, with particular focus on the situation of Catalonia in contemporary Spain (“Nacionalistas, populistas, feministas y los excesos de la democracia”, 2018).

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Luisa-Elena Delgado’s publications in the IStReS database:

Delgado, Luisa-Elena. 2003a. ‘La nación (in)vertebrada: razones para un debate’. Revista de estudios hispánicos 37 (2): 319–40.
———. 2003b. ‘Settled in Normal: Narratives of a Prozaic (Spanish) Nation’. Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, no. 7: 119–34.
———. 2009. ‘The Astigmatic Vision and the Perception of Minority Literatures’. In Writers In Between Languages: Minority Literatures in the Global Scene, edited by Mari Jose Olaziregi, 131–47. Reno, Nevada: Center for Basque Studies / University of Nevada.
———. 2010. ‘The Sound and the Red Fury: The Sticking Points of Spanish Nationalism’. Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Cultural/Political Reflection — Lines, Routes, Spaces, 11 (3–4): 263–76.
———. 2013. ‘“If We Build It, Will They Come?” Iberian Studies as a Field of Dreams’. In Iberian Modalities: A Relational Approach to the Study of Culture in the Iberian Peninsula, edited by Joan Ramon Resina, 37–53. Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 8. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
———. 2014. La nación singular. Fantasías de la normalidad democrática española (1996-2011). Madrid: Siglo XXI.