Dr Jesse Barker
I hold an MA in Hispanic studies from Tulane University and a doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia. I worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Albany SUNY 2011-2012, before joining the Hispanic Studies department in January 2013.
- Undergraduate Programme Coordinator Spanish and Latin American Studies
20th-21st century Spanish literature, film and culture. Individualism and collectivity, affect and psychological attachment theories.
I have continued to publish articles on the issues discussed below in recent Spanish films. However, I am also developing a research interest in the role Buddhist and mindfulness discourses play in the crises of Western individualism--as seen in this video essay on Spike Jonze's film Her (2014).
My first book monograph, Crossroads Visions, analysed the questioning of Western individualism in 21st century Spanish film and fiction--relating this questioning to current political, economic and ecological crises, as well as contemporary reshaping of gender and ethnic identities.
- Spanish Language 7
- Spain: Texts and Contexts
- Youth in the Fiction and Films of the Spanish Dictatorship
- Imagined Cities: Spanish Urban Culture in Fiction and Film
- Playful Fictions: Cervantes, Borges, Cortázar
- Iberian Crossroads: Contemporary Spanish Film
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Has the modern world discovered the ancient truths of Buddhism or simply invented a new version?The ConversationContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
‘Disembedded’ Buddhism in a Techno-Global Cosmology: The Case of Spike Jonze’s Film Her (2013)Journal of Global Buddhism, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 1-16Contributions to Journals: Articles
Spike Jonze's Her (2013): Buddhist Stories for a Postmodern ContextNon-textual Forms: Digital or Visual Products
Purser, Ronald E. McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality. By Ronald E. Purser. New York/London: Repeater Books/Random House, 2019, 304 pages, ISBN 978-1-912248-31-5Journal of Global Buddhism, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 251-257Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
Alberto Rodríguez’s La isla mínima (2014): Visual Intertexts and Spain’s Ecosystem of ViolenceBulletin of Hispanic Studies, vol. 97, no. 6, pp. 615-634Contributions to Journals: Articles
Sculpting Women: From Pygmalion to Vertigo to The Skin I Live inQuarterly Review of Film and Video, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 299-327Contributions to Journals: Articles
Unsheltered: Visions of Future Scarcity in the Past. Pablo Berger's Blancanieves and Jesús Carrasco's IntemperiePeriphērica: Journal of Social, Cultural, and Literary History, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 207-236Contributions to Journals: Articles
Boogie Noches: how erotic cinema boom in 1970s helped shape modern SpainThe ConversationContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
Affect and Belonging in Contemporary Spanish Fiction and Film: Crossroads VisionsPalgrave Macmillan, Cham. 231 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Agustín Fernández Mallo’s "Nocilla Project": Seeking Affective Engagement in the World CityArizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, vol. 18, pp. 31-52Contributions to Journals: Articles