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Silvia Encinas


Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky, August 2021 (expected)

Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies, May 2018

M.A. in Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky, May 2018

B.A. in English Studies, Universidad de Córdoba (Spain), 1998 

Study abroad Erasmus program at Université de Paris XIII (France), 1997


Dissertation Title

"Mujeres en la crisis: posturas divergentes frente al neoliberalismo"


Dissertation Summary

My dissertation explores the representation of women in Spanish narrative and film during the last decade since the global economic crisis began in 2007. I study how specific cultural production can serve either to perpetuate models of patriarchal domination or to provide alternative representations of women as independent, resilient individuals in times of economic crisis. In the texts that I analyze, both literary and filmic, their authors produce representations of women who engage in active resistance against anti-neoliberal practices, but they also represent subjects who have internalized their precarious condition and have even made it pathological such that it not only impedes, but even works against the possibility of resistance. In one of the novels I analyze, La trabajadora (2014) by Elvira Navarro, the woman protagonist bears an inextricable relationship between the city of Madrid and her own identity, inasmuch as she progressively moves from the city center to its margins due to her economic struggles while also dealing with mental illness. Another novel in my study, Marta Sanz’s Clavícula (2017), similarly exemplifies how women who want to devote themselves to literature in Spain have not only have normalized what it means to work under precarious circumstances, but also blame themselves for their mental and working conditions. In my study I attempt to answer how Spanish women have coped with the economic crisis, how they have created transnational alliances with other European women, how they relate to the city they inhabit and the people present in their everyday existence, and I am to elucidate whether women represented in literature and film are more resilient than men through difficult times.



Rojo y Negro: Feminismo con disimulo en las filas de Falange Española.” Journal of Gender and Sexuality Studies / Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades, vol. 45, no. 2, 2019, pp. 1-21.

“Maternidad y psicoanálisis en Julieta, de Almodóvar.” Cincinnati Romance Review, 44, 2018, pp. 36-47.


Conference and invited talks 

"Representación de las mujeres en la narrativa de la crisis de 2008 en España." Nuestro Rumbo: Hispanic Graduate Student Association Series. University of Kentucky February 2021.

Rojo y Negro: Feminismo con disimulo en las filas de Falange Española.” CineLit 9, Portland State University, 2019

Guest Lecturer: Irene Jiménez’s “En la oficina.” Undergraduate seminar of Professor Carmen Moreno: Spanish 444, “20th & 21st c. Spanish Studies.” University of Kentucky. March 2019.

“Patologización de la precariedad laboral en La trabajadora (2014), de Elvira Navarro.” ALDEEU Virginia, Spanish Professionals in America, University of Virginia, 2018

“Maternidad y psicoanálisis en Julieta, de Almodóvar.” Cincinnati Romance and Modern Languages Conference, University of Cincinnati, 2017



Reader for Nomenclatura: aproximaciones a los estudios hispánicos, University of Kentucky, 2017

Editor and co-owner of free Spanish weekly newspaper Infomás, Kentucky, 2011