Ana Rueda

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Ph.D., Spanish Literature, Vanderbilt University, 1985

Ana Rueda, born in Bilbao, Spain, earned her M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Florida and her Ph.D in Spanish Literature from Vanderbilt University. She came to the University of Kentucky in 2002 and is the Chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies since 2005. She offers seminars at other institutions, such as Middlebury and Brown University, USA, and Universidad de Cádiz, Spain, and delivers many lectures at national and international meetings. Ana Rueda serves on the editorial board for an international publishing house and for prestigious academic journals.


Fields: Modern and Contemporary (18th-21st Century) Spanish Literature.

Narrative (short story, novel, epistolarity, war literature, travel writing). Interdisciplinary studies. Women´s writing. Literary and intellectual history.

UK Affiliations: War and Gender, an interdisciplinary research work group.

Interests: Fiction writing (short story).

Current Work (Teaching and Research):

Recent seminars: The Short Story & Micro-Fiction, Costumbrismo,  The Age of Enlightenment, The Rise of Realism, The Aesthetics of Drama in Contemporary Spain, Travel Writing in Hispanic Literature, 19th-Century Drama and the Romantic Subject,  Epistolarity, War Literature, Introduction to Hispanic Studies.

Recent undergraduate courses and seminars: Carmen in Franco-Hispanic Literature & Music (IS), Introduction to Hispanic Literature, The Myth of Don Juan in Western Literature, From the Age of Enlightenment to Romanticism, Short Fiction in Hispanic Literature.

Her work in progress includes (1) Fictions of Conflict, a book-length study on the problem of writing war that draws on fictional and non-fictional accounts of the War of Africa (1859-60), and (2) several essays on travel writing.  

Awards and Grants

Ana Rueda is 2014-15 Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences for her research, teaching, and service/administration.

TEACHING: She was honored by UK's College of Education as a Teacher Who Made a Difference in 2013 and received a Great Teacher Award from the Alumni Association in 2012. She has also been honored with the prestigious Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching.

RESEARCH: Her most recent book, El retorno/El reencuentro: La inmigración en la literatura hispano-marroquí (2010), was chosen Book of the Week by Radio Exterior de España, September 16, 2010. In 2007 she received a Major Research Award from the University of Kentucky, and a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Award for her book project Fictions of Conflict in 2006. Among other honors and grants, she is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for her book Cartas sin lacrar (2001).

Selected Publications: 


Relatos desde el vacío. Un nuevo espacio crítico para el cuento actual (Orígenes, 1992) explores the short story in Spain from 1970 to 1985, particularly as influenced by Latin American masters of the genre. This book constructs a new theoretical model for the genre as it discusses short story collections by such Spanish authors as Javier del Amo, Rafael Dieste, Ricardo Doménech, José Ferrer-Bermejo, José Ángel Valente, Carmen Martín Gaite, and Enrique Vila-Matas, among others. (ISBN: 84 7825 061 1).

La agenda negra (Endymion, 2001), a collection of short stories, is Ana Rueda's personal contribution to the genre. (ISBN: 84 7731 382 2)

Pigmalión y Galatea: Refracciones modernas de un mito (Fundamentos, 1998) provides an interdisciplinary and comparative study of how writers in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have refashioned this self-reflexive myth of the artist. The book begins with a preliminary discussion of Ovid's Metamorphoses, not only to establish historical and critical context, but also to stage an alternately complementary and conflicted dialogue between Ovid´s text and the aesthetic theories that the Pygmalion-Galathea myth has generated since the Romantic period. In keeping with the book´s comparative interest, Rueda analyzes such authors as Bécquer, Galdós, Gómez de la Serna, Alarcón, Torrado, Grau, Quiles, Resino, Arrabal, Vázquez Montalbán, and Isabel-Clara Simó in relation to those by such other European and American authors as Poe, Merimée, Hoffman, Hawthorne, Balzac, Pushkin, Shaw, Capec, Landolfi, Oates and Petry. (ISBN: 84 245 0784 3)

Cartas sin lacrar: La novela epistolar y la España Ilustrada, 1789-1840 (Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2001) offers the first comprehensive study of a previously forgotten literary genre. It documents and analyzes more than forty novels of both the Enlightenment and the Romantic periods written in the form of letters that, despite their considerable popularity at the time, remain unknown even to specialists in the field. The book has become a standard reference in the field. (ISBN: 84 848 9018 X)

Irene y Clara o la madre imperiosa (Universidad de Salamanca, 2003) is the first modern edition and study of an epistolary novel by Vicente Salvá. This critical edition locates the lost 1830 edition of the novel, compares it to subsequent editions available in Spain, and establishes the dual authorship of the text (Salvá collaborated with Gómez Hermosilla in the adaptation of a lost original). As the first in-depth study of this novel, it helps put into perspective Spain´s forgotten contribution to a genre --the epistolary novel-- that reached its peak in 18th-century England, France, and Germany. This novel also establishes an important link between the Age of Enlightenment and the Romantic and Realist novelistic practices of the Modern Period. (ISBN: 84 891 0937 0)

El retorno/El reencuentro: La inmigración en la literatura hispano-marroquí (Cátedra Miguel Delibes; Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2010) is a critical edition that gathers recent literary expressions (2000-2010) on the topic of migration by Spanish and Moroccan writers. It includes a theoretical introduction, an analysis of the texts selected, suggestions for teaching, and a bibliography on the topic of migration in literature, criticism, film, and music. It is written with the collaboration of Sandra Martín. (ISBN: 978 84 8489 504 6)

Book Chapters & Articles 

Ana Rueda has published over a dozen book chapters on gender issues that explore the work by contemporary women writers from Spain and Latin America, war and gender issues, and models of feminine sensibility at the end of the Spanish Enlightenment. Her articles, published in venues such as Insula, Dieciocho, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, and Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, reflect research interests that span various periods, genres and critical traditions, for instance: early 19th-century shipwreck narratives; epistolary practices in Galdós and Unamuno; links between music or the plastic arts and modern/contemporary texts; intellectual history of the Enlightenment; feminist issues and the experience of women writers; travel writing and migration studies; war studies.

Creative Writing

In addition to her book of short stories La agenda negra, she has published short stories in refereed journals and book collections.

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