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,” engages critical theories through digital practices for the study of literature and society. As a scholar in Peninsular Spanish cultural operators, I am conducting an interdisciplinary and polytechnic research with an innovative methodology draw from Woloch’s and Morettis’s theories in order to pursue new questions about the representation of society in novels, using Benito Pérez Galdós’ (1843-1920) work as a study case and model to study 19th century novels in the future. Here, I re-examine this corpus of 46 novels through digital methodologies in order to test if these new theories and approaches to culture allow for the analysis of systematized information about social processes in fictional works as well as for the reconstruction of an author’s social worldview. I consider the social networks of the characters to represent Spanish society and, thus, in creating a pipeline for the extraction of data and analyzing the results, I contend that it is possible to study social changes through the 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

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 (Website coming soon)

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