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Matthew J. Marr

Associate Professor of Spanish

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

Office Hours:

  • Thursdays 3:00-5:00 p.m.

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

Matthew J. Marr specializes in contemporary Spanish film, literature, comics, and popular culture.  In The Politics of Age and Disability in Contemporary Spanish Film: Plus Ultra Pluralism (Routledge Advances in Film Studies, 2013), he examines the cinematic construction of adolescent, elderly, and disabled subjects in an interdisciplinary analysis positioned within a broader conversation on cultural diversity in democratic Spain.  Most recently, he co-edited (with Samuel Amago) Consequential Art: Comics Culture in Contemporary Spain, a volume published in 2019 by University of Toronto Press (Toronto Iberic Series).  Dr. Marr is currently at work on a book manuscript, Cine inmobiliario: Homeplaces in Contemporary Spanish Film, a project funded by grants from Spain’s Ministry of Culture and the Institute for Arts & Humanities at Penn State.  In other publications, his research has engaged with topics including cinematic soundscapes, social-issue screen fiction and documentary, comparative approaches to the Peninsular Generation X novel, literary and cultural uses of humor, and poetic self-consciousness.  The latter concern—particularly as it emerges in verse critically linked to 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). 

Before coming to Penn State, Dr. Marr taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2004-07), Northwestern University (Fall 2006, by invitation), and Middlebury College (2003-04).  At regular intervals since 1992, he has lived, worked, and travelled extensively throughout the Iberian Peninsula, with frequent residencies in Madrid, as well as significant time in the cities of Valencia and San Sebastián.  He teaches advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, and invites advising inquiries from current and prospective students whose research interests intersect with his areas of expertise.    

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