Research

DISSERTATION

Character system of the third series of the Episodios nacionales.

Character system of the third series of the Episodios nacionales.

On the basis of my interest in the evolution of literary characters as a synecdoche for the human dynamics and, in particular, for the emergence of social consciousness in the Spanish novel as well as in digital methods in the Humanities, my dissertation “Posibilidades de la minería de datos digital para el análisis del personaje literario en la novela española: El caso de Galdós y los Episodios nacionales” (“Digital data mining possibilities for the analysis of the literary character in the Spanish novel: The case of Galdós and the National Episodes”) engages critical theories through digital practices for the study of literature and society. I have developed a data mining methodology to study the literary character in novels written in Spanish, using Benito Pérez Galdós’ (1843-1920) forty-six historical novels as a study case. In exploring potential qualitative literary and cultural questions that are viable to ask quantitatively, and in creating a pipeline for the extraction and the analysis of data, I contend that it is possible to study, first, types of novels and, second, Galdós’ ideas of the novel and of historiography through the examination of patterns in his character systems or networks.

My article “Towards a Methodology for the Analysis of Character Systems/Networks in the Spanish Novel: The case of Pérez Galdós’ Zumalacárregui and Mendizábal” offers an overview of my methodology as well as an illustrative example of the type of analysis that can be carried out.

Research Experience on Digital Humanities

Present The Programming Historian. Member of the Editorial Board in Spanish. Editor and translator of peer-reviewed tutorials on digital tools, techniques, and workflows that facilitate research and teaching. programminghistorian.org/es/ 

2016-2017 Metadata Curator and Research Assistant on the digital project “An Analysis of the Personal Collection of a Mexican American Family in Western Colorado and Eastern Nebraska in the First Half of the 20th Century.” Directed by Dr. Isabel Velázquez and the Center for the Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE. Photograph collection on the Hispanic/Latino Collection

2017  Archivist and Metadata Curator on the digital project “Modernist Text Digitization Project.” Directed by Dr. José Eduardo González, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE (Summer)

2015   Coordinator and Research Assistant on the Digital Project Visualizing History: The Malone Community Center. Digital Humanities Practicum taught by Dr. Andrew Jewells and Dr. Elizabeth Lorang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE (Spring)

2013  Archivist and Research Assistant on the Digital Project The Vocabulary of Politics in Spanish during the Age of Absolutism.” Directed by Dr. Óscar Pereira Zazo (UNL), Dr. José Valero (UWEC) and the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Research Interests

Spanish Literature, Culture and History 16th-21st Centuries; Digital Humanities; Cultural Studies; New Media and the Impact of New Technologies in Hispanic Cultures; Second Language and Heritage Languages Pedagogies; Latin American Literature 20th-21st Centuries; Spanish Cinema; Spanish History in Graphic Novels; Comparative Studies