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Matthew J. Marr

Associate Professor of Spanish

Office Phone: (814) 863-7613


Ph.D., M.A. in Spanish (University of Virginia)
B.A. in Spanish and English (College of William & Mary)

Matthew J. Marr (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2003) specializes in contemporary Spanish studies, with a focus on cinema, fiction, and poetry produced from Spain’s post-Franco transition to democracy through the present.  His latest book, The Politics of Age and Disability in Contemporary Spanish Film: Plus Ultra Pluralism (Routledge, 2013), examines the filmic construction of adolescent, elderly, and disabled subjects in recent Peninsular cinema: an interdisciplinary analysis positioned within a broader conversation on cultural diversity in Spain, particularly in relation to questions of gender, sexual, and ethnic identity.  

In other recent publications, Dr. Marr has considered topics including cinematic soundscapes, social-issue film, “Generation X” narrative, Spain’s so-called “poetry of experience,” postmodern self-reflexivity, and humor in literature.  He is currently at work on a book-length project which is tentatively entitled Cine inmobiliario: Motion Pictures, (Im)mobility, and the Place of Home in Contemporary Spain.  At Penn State since 2007, Dr. Marr regularly teaches introductory through advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on modern and contemporary Spanish literature, film, and culture.  He invites inquiries from current and prospective students whose research interests intersect with his areas of expertise.    

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