The Málaga research team on literature and culture currently consists of more than twelve members, all of them based at the University of Málaga, who do research into literature and culture written in English, with a special emphasis on contemporary fiction. Members include established academics (one Professor, Senior Lecturers and Assistant Lecturers, both tenured and untenured), postdoctoral and predoctoral (FPU, FPI, University of Málaga) researchers, as well as other scholars in Spain who frequently collaborate with the Málaga team from the UNED, University of València, University of Salamanca, University of Coruña, and Pablo de Olavide University, among others.
The Málaga research team originates in October 2007, when the LITCAE (‘Literaturas contemporáneas en el ámbito europeo’) group (HUM858, funded by the Junta de Andalucía, under the Regional Government Scheme), led by Rosario Arias, is founded. Since then, the Málaga research team has broadened its scope and opened up new avenues of research in the field of literature and culture in English.
The research carried out in the team usually falls into one of these two categories: on the one hand, critical approaches to (neo-)Victorian fiction and culture; on the other, critical approaches to contemporary fiction and culture in English with a focus on ethics, identity, and medical humanities. All of our members share an interest in exploring new critical tools to analyse current literature and culture, as well as to scrutinise cultural artefacts today. We favour interdisciplinarity and the Málaga research team has contributed to delineating conceptual frameworks such as haunting and spectrality, the trace, and orientation, for example. Here follows a selection of our main research interests:
- (Victorian) material culture and museology
- Ethical approach to the Other
- Representation of the body and dis/embodiment
- The spatial turn and mobility studies
- Phenomenology and the senses
- Representation of queerness
- Conceptual frameworks i.e. haunting and spectrality, the trace, orientation
- Postcolonial studies
- Maritime studies
- Construction of selfhood and otherness in migrant literature
- Digital humanities