Susan Larson

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Ph.D., University of Arizona


  • Contemporary Spanish Peninsular Literature, Film and Cultural Studies
  • Urban Studies, Cultural Geography and Spatial Theory
  • Theories of Representation
  • The Historical Avant-Garde
Selected Publications: 
  • "Urbanism, Architecture and la Movida madrileña." In Back to the Future: Towards a Cultural Archive of la Movida. Ed. H. Rosi Song and William Nichols. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013. 181-201.

  • “Hacia una geografía cultural urbana: Madrid 1925-1936.” Revista Arte y Ciudad Número Extraordinario 3.1 (2013): 59-78. Actas de las V Jornadas Internacionales de Investigación Arte y Ciudad Grupo Arte, Arquitectura y Comunicación en la Ciudad Contemporánea de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

  • “La Ciutat Jardí en USA: La propuesta urbana de Cebrià de Montoliu para Fairhope (Alabama).” Volume accompanying the exhibit Diseñar América. El trazado español de los Estados Unidos currently housed at the Biblioteca Nacional de España. Belén López-Laguna and Andrés Rodríguez, eds. Madrid: Fundación Consejo España, 2014. 122-133.

  • “Notes on the Renegotiation of a Hispanic Studies Canon.” Co-authored with Benjamin Fraser and Malcolm Compitello. ADFL Bulletin 43.1 (2014): 77-90. 
  • "Cultivating the Square: Trash, Recycling and the Cultural Ecology of Post-Crisis Madrid." Co-authored with Matthew I. Feinberg. Hispanic Issues Series, 2015. In press.
  • "The Spanish Avant-Garde Novel: New Concepts of Aesthetic and Social Engagament." In A History of the Spanish Novel. Ed. J.G. Ardila. Oxford University Press, 2015. In press.
  • “Unreadable Bodies and Symbolic Violence in Antonio de Obregón’s Hermes en la vía pública. Mannequins, Machines and Mutilations: The Avant-Garde Body in Spain and Italy. Nicolás Fernández-Medina and María Truglio, eds. Routledge. Forthcoming. 

  • “La gramática de la ‘Hispanidad’: Retórica de imperio y arquitectura historicista en los discursos públicos de J.C. Nichols.” Bulletin d'Histoire Contemporaine de l'Espagne. Forthcoming.

  • Kiosk Literature in Silver Age Spain: Modernity and Mass Culture Co-edited with Jeffrey Zamostny. Intellect Books, forthcoming 2015


  • Quiero vivir mi vidaEdition of the 1931 Carmen de Burgos novel. Stockcero, 2009.
  • La rampaEdition of the 1917 Carmen de Burgos novel. Stockcero, 2006.


Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies  Senior Editor 

Hispanic Urban Studies  Palgrave-Macmillan Book Series Co-Editor


Brian Cole

Joshua Hoekstra

Francesco Masala

Lucía Montás

José María Pérez Sánchez

Naiara Porras Rentero

Allison Santos Martin

Matthew J. Wild


  • “Art for Art’s Sake” or “Art for Life”?: José Ortega y Gasset, José Díaz Fernández and the Cultural Politics of 1920s and 1930s Spain.” Ohio State University Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  May 6, 2011.
  • “Constructing and Resisting Modernity in Early Spanish Film.” University of Kansas Hall Center for the Humanities. March 17, 2011.
  • “New Directions in Spanish Cultural Studies.” University of Wisconsin Department of Spanish and Portuguese. October 25, 2011.
  • "Hacia una geografia cultural urbana. Madrid 1900-1936." V Actas de Arte y Ciudad. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, November 12, 2012.
  • "The Spatial Politics of Spanish Cultural Studies." The University of Arizona Department of Spanish and Portuguese, April 3, 2013.
  • “Cultural Studies Research Methodologies and Publication Opportunities.” Invited Plenary Lecture. 1st International Meeting of Young Researchers on Heritage – PatrimoniUN10. The International University of Andalucía, Antonio Machado Campus (Baeza). November 20, 2014.


  • Science and Technology in Spanish Culture from 1900 to 1936, March 3, 2011.
  • Hispanic Cartographic Imaginaries Graduate Student Symposium and Spatial Theory Workshop, April 4, 2014.


Hispanic Urban Studies Book Series


Hispanic Urban Studies
Edited by Benjamin Fraser, East Carolina University and Susan Larson, University of Kentucky

Hispanic Urban Studies is a series of scholarly monographs, edited volumes, and translations focusing on Spanish, Latin American and US Latino urban culture.

The humanities and the social sciences are closer in methodology than ever before. Hispanic Urban Studies serves a dual purpose: to introduce radically original humanities work to social science researchers while affirming the relevance of cultural production to discussions of the urban. This book series takes advantage of and further contributes to exciting interdisciplinary discussions between Hispanic Studies and Cultural Geography with the aim of bringing in new ideas about space, place, and culture from all parts of the Hispanic world. Monograph titles bring together analyses of the cultural production of the Hispanic world with urban and spatial theory from a range of disciplinary contexts. The series also welcomes proposals for edited volumes related to cities that contribute in creative ways to our understanding of the spatial turn in Hispanic Studies. Translations published in the series introduce English-language readers to the rich legacy of materials on urbanism, urban culture, and cultural geography originally published in Spanish.

Advisory Board

Malcolm Compitello, University of Arizona, USA; Monica Degen, Brunel University, London, UK; Cecilia Enjuto Rangel, University of Oregon, USA; Amanda Holmes, McGill University, Canada;Marcy Schwartz, Rutgers University, USA; Álvaro Sevilla Buitrago, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain; Armando Silva, National University of Colombia, Bogotá; Michael Ugarte, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA; Víctor Valle, California Polytechnic State University, USA

If you would like to submit a proposal for the Hispanic Urban Studies Series please contact

Farideh Koohi-Kamali
Palgrave Macmillan

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