Team Members - Narrating Resilience, Achieving Happiness? Toward a Cultural Narratology
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Ana Mª Fraile Marcos (Universidad de Salamanca)

Ana María Fraile-Marcos is Full professor at the University of Salamanca, Spain, where she teaches English Canadian and postcolonial literatures. She is currently working on a forthcoming monograph titled Writing Resilience in the Age of Liquid Modernity (Routledge).  Other publications include Glocal Narratives of Resilience (ed., 2020), Literature and the Glocal City: Reshaping the English Canadian Imaginary (ed., 2014), Richard Wright’s Native Son (ed., 2007), the monograph Planteamientos estéticos y políticos en la obra de Zora Neale Hurston (The aesthetic and political underpinnings of Zora Neale Hurston’s work [2003]), several critical editions, and numerous chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals on the interconnections between resilience and gender, racialization, diaspora, and the environment. She is the principal investigator of the research Project Narrating Resilience, Achieving Happiness? Toward a Cultural Narratology (PID2020-113190GB-C22), which continues the work done in the previous Project “Narratives of Resilience: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literature and Other Cultural Representations”. Dr. Fraile is also Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies.

Miriam Borham-Puyal (Universidad de Salamanca)

Dr Miriam Borham-Puyal is an associate lecturer at the English Department of the University of Salamanca. She is the author of the monograph Quijotes con enaguas. Encrucijada de géneros en el siglo XVIII británico (JPM Ediciones 2015), and has published extensively on British quixotes. She has also authored pieces on women writers from the 17th to the 21st century, including Jane Austen, Jane Barker, Mary Hays, Charlotte Lennox, Hannah More, Scarlett Thomas and Mary Wollstonecraft. With Dr Escandell-Montiel she has co-authored several articles on Digital Studies, and she also works on children’s literature in English and Spanish. Moreover, she is the editor of a volume on rewritings of Frankenstein, which places particular emphasis on film, television, videogames and vBlogs (2018), and the author of an article on monster mash-ups, published in the prestigious Journal of Popular Culture (2018). 

Some of her recent work revolves around the representation of motherhood in contemporary literature and media; in this context, she has contributed a chapter titled “Between Vulnerability and Resilience: Exploring Motherhood in Emma Donoghue’s Room” to the collective volume Glocal Narratives of Resilience (edited by Dr. Ana Mª Fraile-Marcos, Routledge 2020).

Her most recent book is Contemporary Rewritings of Liminal Women: Echoes of the Past (Routledge 2020).

Jorge Diego Sánchez (Universidad de Salamanca)

Jorge Diego Sánchez teaches at University of Salamanca (Dpt. of English Studies). His academic background centres on Postcolonial Theory and Cultural Studies in English with a focus on literature, cinema and dance from India and its diasporas. He has published articles and book chapters on Anuradha Roy, Tishani Doshi, Aravind Adiga, Meena Kandasamy, Sarojini Naidu, Jhumpa Lahiri, Rokeya Hossain or Cornelia Sorabji, as well as on filmmakers Deepa Mehta or Mira Nair, and singers like M.I.A., Speech Debelle or P.J. Harvey. He edited, translated, and commented the first volume in Spanish gathering a selection of Rokeya Hossain’s writings (Rokeya Hossain. Obra Seleccionada. Salamanca: Universidad de Salamanca, 2018). His current research studies the representation of violences and fear in literature, cinema, and song-writing in relation to how dissent and resilience are represented (or misrepresented).

He has carried out research and taught at Jadavpur University (Kolkata, India) and University of Hyderabad (India). He was a Visiting Fellow at Centre for Advance Studies at the School of English at Jadavpur University during (pre-Covid19) 2021. He is currently the Secretary of the Spanish Association for Interdisciplinary India Studies (

Mª Jesús Hernáez Lerena (Universidad de La Rioja)

I am an associate professor of American and Canadian literatures in the English Department at the University of La Rioja, where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on postcolonial literatures, visual culture, etc. My PhD dissertation on Alice Munro became recipient of an Extraordinary Doctorate Award in 1998. I have published six books on nineteenth century and contemporary American and Canadian novelists and short story writers, on the literature and culture of present-day Canada, and on the writing of academic essays. My research has focused on short story theory, testimony literature, history and the novel, narrative and painting, the literature of Newfoundland, the literary hypertext, the graphic novel, and literature for the purposes of social justice. My essays have appeared in Spanish, English and Canadian academic journals (Atlantis, Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, University of Toronto Quarterly, Canadian Literature, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, etc.) as well as in internationally published books (Wilfrid Laurier UP, Peter Lang, Rodopi, Routledge, etc.). I am the former editor of JES (Journal of English Studies) and the principal investigator of the research team Representations of Identities in Literary and Filmic Texts in English at the University of La Rioja since 2006. My current research focuses on the representations of homelessness in the graphic novel.

Francisca Noguerol Jiménez (Universidad de Salamanca)

Francisca Noguerol Jiménez, académica correspondiente de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española y Académica Distinguida de la Universidad Iberoamericana de México, es catedrática de Literatura Hispanoamericana en la Universidad de Salamanca. Con 4 sexenios de investigación, 5 de docencia y 204 publicaciones en su haber, sus métricas son las siguientes en la plataforma PUBLISH OR PERISH (25/7/2021):  Publication years. 1989-2021. Cites: 2051. H-index: 23. G-index: 37. Cites/year: 64.09. i10: 57. En cuanto a temas de investigación, se ha interesado especialmente por las poéticas excéntricas de autores como Augusto Monterroso, sobre el que realizó su tesis doctoral (con dos ediciones como libro); la minificción como categoría genológica; la última narrativa en español; los imaginarios culturales, que la han llevado a trabajar motivos como el dictador latinoamericano, la proyección de la ciudad o la imagen de la mujer en la literatura; y, finalmente, la poesía en español de los siglos XX y XXI, por la que ha publicado estudios extensos sobre autores como Mario Benedetti, José Emilio Pacheco o Raúl Zurita.

Conferenciante plenaria en 48 eventos y profesora visitante en 18 universidades de Europa y América, ha dirigido hasta el momento 23 tesis doctorales, todas merecedoras de la máxima calificación. En cuanto a proyectos de investigación, ha liderado 6 y participado en otros 14 hasta el momento.

Peter Arnds (Trinity College Dublin)

Professor Peter Arnds directs the Comparative Literature program and teaches German and Italian literature at Trinity College Dublin, where he is also a Fellow. He has held visiting positions in Kabul, Delhi, Adelaide and Salamanca, and is a member of the PEN Centre for German-Speaking Writers Abroad and of Academia Europaea. His publications include books on Wilhelm Raabe, Charles Dickens, Günter Grass, as well as his recent monographs Lycanthropy in German Literature (Palgrave Macmillan 2015), Translating Holocaust Literature (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015), and Wolves at the Door: Migration, Dehumanization, Rewilding the World (Bloomsbury, 2021). Dr. Arnds has also translated Patrick Boltshauser’s novel Stromschnellen (Rapids, Dalkey Archive Press, 2014, nominated for the IMPAC, Dublin International Literary Award) and published a novel, Searching for Alice (Dalkey Archive Press, 2019). He has widely in the fields of Comparative Literature, German and Italian Studies, Holocaust Studies, and the Environmental Humanities. His current research examines the links between cultural production and species politics as well as the philosophy of walking in world literature.

Michael Basseler (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen)

Michael Basseler is Academic Manager at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), Justus Liebig University Giessen. He has published widely on 20th and 21st century American literature and culture, with a particular focus on the study of narrative, literary and cultural theory, African American literature, the short story and the novel. His most recent publications include the monograph An Organon of Life Knowledge: Genres and Functions of the Short Story in North America (Bielefeld, 2019) and an edited volume on The American Novel in the 21st Century: Cultural Contexts – Literary Developments – Critical Analyses. (Trier, 2019, with A. Nünning). His current research deals with notions of resilience from the perspective of literary and cultural studies.

Sara Casco Solís (Universidad de Salamanca)

Sara Casco Solís is a research fellow at the Department of English Studies of the University of Salamanca. She graduated in English Studies at the University of Salamanca in June 2016, receiving the Extraordinary Degree Award. She holds a Master’s degree in Advanced English Studies, for which she obtained the Extraordinary Master Award. She is currently working on her PhD thesis in Canadian Literature under the supervision of Dr. Ana María Fraile Marcos. In October 2017, she was awarded a national competitive fellowship (FPU) financed by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities. Sara has also been an Academic Visitor at the University of Toronto, Canada (2019) and at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (2020-2021).

Her main research interests range from trauma and memory studies to resilience, vulnerability, space, and transnational studies. She has participated in a variety of national and international conferences, delivering papers on the aforementioned topics. She is currently a member of the research team “Narratives of Resilience” and has been part of several organizing committees in national conferences, seminars and workshops. She is the author of several articles dealing with her main field of research, namely, resilience, refugees, trauma and transnational studies. Her most recent publications include “Resisting Resilience in Neoliberal Times: Rawi Hage’s Cockroach” (Routledge, 2020) and “Resilience and Agency in Samra Habib’s We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir” (Dykinson, 2021).

Daniel Coleman (McMaster University)

Daniel Coleman has long been fascinated by the power of narrative arts to generate a sense of place and community, mindfulness, and especially wonder. As a reader, writer, and teacher, he is compelled by the long, slow project of unlearning naturalized injustices and sanctioned ignorance and is witness to the fact that fresh ways to learn still occur and have transformative power. Although he has committed considerable effort to learning in and from the natural world, he is still a bookish person who loves reading and writing. He has written scholarly books about literature, masculinity, migration, and whiteness in Canada, and he has written literary non-fiction books about his upbringing among missionaries in Ethiopia, about the spiritual and cultural politics of reading, and about eco-human relations in Hamilton, Ontario, the post-industrial city where he lives in the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas of the New Credit. He has edited books on Canadian literary cultures, postcolonial masculinities, race, Caribbean-Canadian literature, the state of the humanities in Canadian universities, and the creativity and resilience of refugee-d and Indigenous peoples. He is co-director with his friend and colleague, Lorraine York, of CCENA, McMaster’s Centre for Community Engaged Narrative Arts.

Lidia María Cuadrado Payeras (Universidad de Salamanca)

Lidia María Cuadrado Payeras is an Early-Career Researcher [Investigador predoctoral en formación] at the University of Salamanca working on contemporary Canadian speculative fictions under the auspices of a National Competitive Scholarship (FPU17/055919) and the supervision of Dr. Ana María Fraile-Marcos. Her doctoral project revolves around selected works of Margaret Atwood, Larissa Lai, Hiromi Goto, Nalo Hopkinson and Waubgeshig Rice and their intersection with the philosophies of the posthuman. Her reseach interests include cultural studies (particularly Marxist and feminist philosophy and critique), ecocriticism, post/apocalyptic narratives, utopia/dystopia/ustopia, sci- and spec-fic, and pandemic narratives, including zombie literature.

Lucía López Serrano (Universidad de Salamanca)

Lucia Lopez-Serrano is a PhD candidate and research fellow at the University of Salamanca. Her doctoral project, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Universities, focuses on the notions of vulnerability and resistance in its intersection with the medical establishment, as represented by contemporary Canadian literature.

Susie O’Brien (McMaster University)

Susie O’Brien is a Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, where her research and teaching focus on postcolonial and environmental literary and cultural studies.  Her publications, on subjects including postcolonial literatures, slow and local food movements, scenario planning, resilience and the temporality of globalization, have appeared in journals such as Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, Globalizations, Cultural Critique, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Postcolonial Text, Modern Fiction Studies and South Atlantic Quarterly.  She is co-author, with Imre Szeman, of Popular Culture: A User’s Guide (4th edition, 2016). She is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled “Unsettling resilience stories”.

Lorraine York (McMaster University)

Lorraine York, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, specializes in the fields of Canadian Literature and celebrity culture. In the first of those fields, she has become increasingly concerned with the way in which various relations of power have formed, and continue to animate, the institution of “CanLit”; in the field of celebrity studies, she brings the insights of cultural theories of affect to bear on the question of celebrity’s political implications. Her earlier books addressed the subjects of photography and postmodernism in Canadian fiction; Timothy Findley’s fiction and discourses of war; and women’s collaborative writing in England, the U.S., Canada, France and Italy. With Literary Celebrity in Canada (2007), she contributed the first study of celebrity’s impact on Canadian literary culture. She followed it up with Margaret Atwood and the Labour of Literary Celebrity (2013). In 2018, she published Reluctant Celebrity: Affect and Privilege in Contemporary Stardom, which theorizes reluctance as a product of privilege: the power “to publicly avow one’s mixed feelings, one’s treasonous disinclination to ‘lean in’” under neoliberalism. She is currently at work on a book about reluctance’s abjected other—eagerness—provisionally titled Unseemly: Affect, Gender, New Media, and the Denunciation of Fame Hunger.

Along with her friend and colleague Daniel Coleman, she is the co-directed of CCENA: the Centre for Community-Engaged Narrative Arts (, which aims to learn from the stories and narrative traditions through which communities imagine themselves and their relationships with each other. With this aim in mind, CCENA seeks to support and sustain art-based community listening, remembering, and story-making.

She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada.