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Matthew J. Marr

Associate Professor of Spanish

154 Burrowes
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-7613

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. PhD, Spanish, University of Virginia
  2. MA, Spanish, University of Virginia
  3. BA, Spanish and English, College of William & Mary


Matthew J. Marr is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese. He specializes in contemporary Spanish film, fiction, poetry, comics, and popular culture. 

His book The Politics of Age and Disability in Contemporary Spanish Film: Plus Ultra Pluralism (Routledge Advances in Film Studies, 2013) examines the cinematic construction of adolescent, senescent, and disabled subjects in an interdisciplinary analysis positioned within a broader conversation on visual culture and diversity in post-Transition democratic Spain. In 2019, he co-edited (with Samuel Amago) Consequential Art: Comics Culture in Contemporary Spain (University of Toronto Press), a volume which considers how recent Spanish comics practitioners have deployed image-text connections and alternative methods of seeing to interrogate memory and history, the economic and the political, the body and mental geography. He is currently at work on Cine inmobiliario: Homeplaces in Contemporary Spanish Film, a monograph which draws on affect theory, human geography, ecocriticism, and film theory in its account of the moving image’s engagement with (the) premises of house, home, and immovable property in the years surrounding Spain’s (real estate-entangled) economic crisis.

In other work (see C.V. posted above), he has explored a range of topics including cinematic soundscapes, social-issue screen fiction and documentary, comparative approaches to the Generation X novel, literary and cultural uses of humor, and poetic self-consciousness. The latter concern—particularly as it emerges in verse in step with what critics have called the "poesía de la experiencia" sensibility—is at the heart of his first book, Postmodern Metapoetry and the Replenishment of the Spanish Lyrical Genre, 1980-2000 (La Sirena, 2007). His research has been funded by grants from Spain’s Ministry of Culture (2017, 2010) and Penn State’s Institute for the Arts & Humanities (2017, 2013). In 2019, he was awarded the inaugural James Whiston Memorial Prize by the editors of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies and the Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies. Before coming to Penn State in 2007, he held faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2004-07), Northwestern University (Fall 2006, by invitation), and Middlebury College (2003-04). At regular intervals during the past three decades, he has lived, worked, and travelled extensively throughout the Iberian Peninsula, with frequent research residencies in Madrid, as well as significant time in the cities of Valencia and San Sebastián. 

He invites advising inquiries from current and prospective graduate students whose research interests intersect with his areas of expertise.   

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