Andrew J. Deiser, Associate Professor of Spanish
Andrew Deiser’s principal interest in research lies in the field of cultural studies with an emphasis on urban narratives. Deiser’s analysis of a narrative text begins with a close reading in conjunction with an examination of the historical, social, political, and cultural contexts within which the text was produced. He believes an analysis of this type provides an integral reading of a narrative text, because it underscores the interdependence between narrative and its social reality—that is, the dual nature of narrative as a product of and a response to a concrete historical moment within a particular society. Deiser’s current research explores how urban narratives have created a dynamic dialogue with the social, historical, and political discourses, as well as with the economic and cultural phenomena taking place in Spain and, more specifically, Catalonia during the latter half of the twentieth century. Another area of research interest for Deiser is Globalization and literary production in Spain. More specifically, he’d like to examine how the phenomenon of globalization is shaping literary production in Spain, especially literary production in the Comunidades Autónomas.