UCHI GRADUATE DISSERTATION FELLOW
Lucía García Santana is a Spanish Studies Ph.D. candidate in the Literatures, Cultures and Languages Department at the University of Connecticut. She received her B.A. in English from la Universidad de La Laguna, Spain in 2007 and her M.A. in Spanish Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2010. Her research interests include Transatlantic studies, particularly the cultural exchange between Spain and the Southern Cone, travel literature, exile, intellectual history and theatre. She has co-edited and translated the travel diaries of the Spanish playwright Bernardo Cólogan Fallon, and published articles on Argentinean theatre and fiction. She is currently developing a project on the Argentinean exiles in Europe after the cultural South-American revolution of the 1960s.
During her time at the Humanities Institute, she will complete her dissertation, “Transatlantic Intellectual Meridian: Spain in the Configuration of the Argentinean Field of Cultural Production (1900-1950).” By studying a varied array of cultural products, such as travel diaries, correspondents’ chronicles, cultural magazines, and performance expressions in drama, radio and film, she seeks to reconstruct and analyze how and why Spanish cultural agents participated in Argentina´s cultural field at specific turning points throughout the first half of the 20th century. In particular, she assesses how Argentinean cultural agents react to the cultural productivity of Spanish intellectuals on the local terrain in the avant-garde exchanges of the 1920s. She also tackles the negotiations of space within the new artistic undertakings created ad hoc by and for Galician and Republican exiles in Buenos Aires in the 1930s and 1940s, which alter the axis centre-periphery with Madrid and affect the political atmosphere in Galicia. Additionally, she studies the ambivalent representation of the Spanish type by Argentinean and Spanish performers in the 1940s, which enacts and contests the idea of “Spanishness”. Ms. Santana’s major advisor is Miguel Gomes.