Maureen Tobin Stanley

Maureen Tobin Stanley
Professional Title
Professor of Spanish Studies

Courses taught

Literature and culture of Spain
Spanish language



  • “Gastronomical and Gynocentric Spanish Noir in the 21st Century: Cuisine, Patriarchy and Ageusia in El Chef ha muerto and Matar al padre by Yanet Acosta (b. 1975).” Women Writers of Female Crime Series in Twenty-first Century Spain. Eds. Inmaculada Pertusa and Melissa Stewart. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Forthcoming 2019.
  •  “La violencia de género en el cine de inmigración de España: ideas para una guía didáctica.” Buscando respuestas: Estudios sobre violencia de género en España. Ed. Sara Fernández. Madrid: Editorial Nueva Economía Social. Forthcoming 2019.
  • “La Guerre est finie y/o ¿La guerra ha terminado?: el film de A. Resnais y Jorge Semprún y el papel que desempeña en la exposición permanente en el Centro de Arte Reina Sofía” New Approaches to Hispanic Cinema and Literature. Eds. Gina Herrmann and Isabel Jaén Portillo for Monograph Volume of Periferica: Journal of Social, Cultural and Literary History. Forthcoming 2019.
  • “Seeing (as) the Eroticized and Exoticized Other in Spanish Immigration Cinema: A Critical Look at the (De)Criminalization of Migrants and Impunity of Hegemonic Perpetrators” in a special issue on Immigration and Criminality in Contemporary Spain in Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature. Eds. Diana Aramburu and Jeffrey Coleman. June 2019.
  • “Tragedy, Sacrifice and Liquidity in Director Carlos Vermut’s 2014 Magical Girl as a Nod to Manolo Caracol’s 1947 Song “La niña de fuego”: the Interplay of Female Voice(lessness) and Subjectivity in the Face of Objectification, Obsession and Fetishization” in Shifting Subjectivities in Contemporary Fiction and Film from Spain. Eds. Jennifer Brady and Meredith Jeffers. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.
  • “The Accusatory Gaze of Children: Memory and Victimization in Fortes’s Waiting for Robert Capa, Muñoz Molina’s ‘Silencing Everything’ and Rodoreda’s ‘Night and Fog’” in (Re)collecting the Past: Historical Memory in Spanish Literature and Culture. Eds. Jacky Collins, Melissa Stewart, M. Tobin Stanley and Nancy Vosburg. New Castle, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2016.
  • “Failed Fairy Tales and Feminist Re-vision in Esther Tusquets’ El mismo mar de todos los veranos” in Esther Tusquets: Scholarly Correspondences. Eds. Nina Molinaro and Inmaculada Pertusa. New Castle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. 2-26.
  • “Liberating Mythography: The Intertextual Discourse between Mythological Banishment and Domestic Violence as Exile in Take My Eyes (Te doy mis ojos ). Exile Through a Gendered Lens: Women’s Displacement in Recent European History, Literature and Film. Eds. G. Zinn and M. Tobin Stanley. New York and London: Palgrave MacMillian, 2012.


  • Jacky Collins, Melissa Stewart, M. Tobin Stanley and Nancy Vosburg, eds. (Re)collecting the Past: Historical Memory in Spanish Literature and Culture. New Castle, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2016.
  • Gesa Zinn and M. Tobin Stanley, eds. Exile Through a Gendered Lens: Women’s Displacement in Recent European History, Literature and Film. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
  • María Tajes, Emily Knudson-Vilaseca and M. Tobin Stanley, eds. Hybridity in Spanish Culture. New Castle, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2011.  
  • Maureen Tobin Stanley and Gesa Zinn, eds. Female Exiles in 20th and 21st Century Europe. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.


  • Book A (single-authored): Voces e imágenes del Holocausto en la cultura española is a cultural studies project in which I analyze select Spanish works (of poetry, narrative, testimonial and film) from the 1940s through the late 1990s which link Spain or Spaniards to the Holocaust. Ten thousand Spaniards were imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps with the implicit endorsement of Franco’s regime. Several Spanish literary and cinematic greats such as Mercè Rodoreda, Jorge Semprún and Fernando Trueba have showcased the Holocaust in their works, yet the implications of the Spaniards in the camps remain sadly unanalyzed. As part of Spain’s critical, literary and legislative drive to recover its democratic past and denounce Francoist totalitarianism, my book proves the cultural relevance of this horrific historical reality, for the Holocaust not only crosses genres, but also the boundaries between high, popular and mass culture. Having visited several archives, museums and foundations in Spain, France, Germany, Austria and the US, I have completed the book. Unpublished.
  • Book B (single-authored): Justice through Memory: Repression, Oppression and Incarceration in Contemporary Spanish Cultural Studies. Following the Spanish Civil War, nearly forty years of Francoist dictatorship (1939-1975) and repression created a climate of fear and persecution of the defeated Republicans (communists, anarchists, socialists). Certain scholars maintain that “Toda España era una cárcel” (All of Spain was a prison). The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and immediate post war period resulted in a reign of terror in which Republicans were incarcerated, persecuted and often times “disappeared,” resulting in thousands of bodies in mass graves. The 2006 Law of Historical Memory fully endorses personal and collective right to recall the past (silenced during the dictatorship) and to seek out reparation. To this day, not one case of a nacional victimizing a republican has been brought to justice; whereas two million republicans were deemed to be criminals. Yet 70 years after the war and a quarter century after the dictator’s death, perpetrators continue to have impunity under the current Spanish democratic state. Magistrate Baltasar Garzón (most known for his prosecution and extradition of Dictator Augusto Pinochet) questioned the impunity offered the red-handed supporters of Francoist violence and reprisals and raised the hackles of the conservative right; the magistrate was suspended from the bench for more than a decade. Hence past injustice continues to haunt the present. The subject of prison literature and film is most apropos in contemporary Spanish culture. In progress.

 Awards & Honors

  • Fall 2015 Grant in Aid of Artistry and Research $7,123
  • Spring 2015 University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Grant ($5,000 to work on Justice and Memory)
  • Spring 2015 CLA Research Travel Grant ($500, for conference travel to Soria, Spain)
    Fall 2014 CLA Teaching Grant ($130)
  • Fall 2014 Chancellor’s Small Grant ($750; conference travel Cine-Lit)
  • Fall 2014 Commission on Women Grant ($1,000 for Tres Vida’s Performance)
  • Spring 2014 Chancellor’s Small Grant ($1,000 for conference travel to Santiago, Spain)
    Spring 2014 CLA Research Grant ($550)
  • Spring 2013 CLA Teaching Grant ($410)
  • Spring 2013 CLA Research Travel Grant ($500)
  • Spring 2013 secured funds ($2,000) from EVCAA to Women Studies Advisory Board to bring speaker, feminist ecologist Sandra Steingraber
  • Spring 2013 Chancellor’s Small Grant ($1,000 for conference travel to Perugia, Italy)

Maureen Tobin Stanley 2020