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Nicolás Fernández-Medina

Associate Professor of Spanish and Philosophy

141 Burrowes
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-1161


Ph.D., Modern Spanish Literature, Stanford University, 2007
Ph.D., Humanities, Stanford University, 2007 

I specialize in late eighteenth- to early twentieth-century Spanish literature, philosophy, and culture, including Enlightenment thought, interdisciplinary nineteenth-century studies, philosophy of science and the body, Gender Studies, social history of ideas in medicine, modernist aesthetics, and the avant-garde.

My books include Life Embodied: The Promise of Vital Force in Spanish Modernity (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2018), Modernism and the Avant-garde Body in Spain and Italy (co-edited with Maria Truglio, New York: Routledge, 2016), and The Poetics of Otherness in Antonio Machado’s ‘Proverbios y cantares’ (U of Wales P, 2011). My current book Raising the Dead: The Science and Literature of Resuscitation in Spain explores Spanish modernity’s unending fascination with the life/death divide and analyzes the numerous social narratives of existence and mortality that have shaped Spain’s cultural imaginary. My articles on Spanish literature, philosophy, and culture have appeared in Revista Hispánica ModernaRevista de Estudios HispánicosBulletin of Spanish StudiesBulletin of Hispanic StudiesRevista Canadiense de Estudios HispánicosAnales de la literatura española contemporáneaRomance Notes, Cincinnati Romance ReviewLatin American Literary ReviewLuso-Brazilian Review, and Insula, among others. My courses include “Liberty and Liberalism in Spain, 1808-1939,” “Spanish Romanticism,” “The City as Text: Theorizing Urban Landscapes (Madrid),” “The Dilemma of Modernity in Spain,” “Changing the Subject: Literature in Italy and Spain 1880-1914,” “The Spanish Avant-garde,” “Decadentism, Eroticism, and the Diseased Imagination,” and “The Spanish Civil War and its Aftermath.”

I am the co-founder with Maria Truglio of the Spanish and Italian Modernist Studies Forum (SIMSF) at PSU. I am also the recipient of the Edward and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund (2016), Institute of Arts and Humanities Resident Scholar Grant (2012-2013), Richard Rorty Fellowship from the Benjamin Franklin Institute at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (2010), as well the Team-Teaching Grant and Challenge Grant from the Institute of Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2008). I was awarded Stanford University’s distinguished Centennial Teaching Award in 2007. In 2005, I had the honor of participating as a respondent to the roundtable debates commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Príncipe de Asturias Awards in Oviedo, Spain.

Beginning in April 2019, I am the Series Editor of the Iberian and Latin American Cultures monographic series with McGill-Queen’s UP. I am always eager to receive proposals for innovative and interesting books. To reach me with a book proposal, please visit McGill-Queen’s UP website (Our Series) or follow the MQUP link below.

Personal website and CV
Spanish and Italian Modernist Studies Forum (SIMSF) page
MQUP’s Iberian and Latin American Cultures Series

Nicolas Fernandez Medina book cover   Book 2