Maritza Carrasco-Marchessi


Doctoral researcher

Department of Modern Languages: Hispanic Studies


PhD Title: Masculinities and nation: reading the compañero as national allegory in Antonio Skármeta´s narrative
Supervisors: Dr Shelley Godsland
PhD Hispanic Studies


My principal areas of specialism focus on gender issues, popular culture, and theories of the liminal, and the relationship between all three concepts, in the fiction of Chilean postboom writers. I work particularly on narratives of masculinity published during the seventies, the Pinochet dictatorship, and throughout the transition to democracy in the late nineties and early 21st century.

Building on my successful MPhil, I commenced my PhD research at the University of Birmingham in October 2009. My work offers a reading of paradigms of masculinity as allegory of the Chilean nation in the fiction of Antonio Skármeta and other contemporary Chilean writers. In May 2010 I was awarded the College scholarship and I am due to submit my thesis in Spring 2014.

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