María Ferrández San Miguel

María Ferrández  San Miguel is assistant professor at the Department of English and German Studies (University of Zaragoza, Spain), where she teaches US Literature and Critical Commentary of Literary Texts. She graduated in English Studies at the University of Zaragoza in June 2010, receiving the Extraordinary Degree Award “Gregorio García-Arista”. In April 2017, she received her PhD cum laude after defending her thesis, written under the supervision of Prof. Francisco Collado-Rodríguez, and for which she obtained the “Félix Martín Award” to the best PhD thesis in American Studies (granted by the Spanish Association for American Studies). María has also been an Academic Visitor at the University of Northampton (2014) and Michigan State University (2016).

Her present research focuses on contemporary US fiction and ethics, with special attention to issues of trauma and the posthuman in speculative fiction. She is the author of Trauma, Gender and Ethics in the Works of E.L. Doctorow (Routledge, 2020). Her most recent essays include “Ethics in the Anthropocene: Traumatic Exhaustion and Posthuman Regeneration in N. K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth Trilogy” (English Studies, 2020), “Appropriated Bodies: Trauma, Biopower and the Posthuman in Octavia Butler’s ‘Bloodchild’ and James Tiptree, Jr.’s ‘The Girl Who Was Plugged In’” (Atlantis, 2018), and “Towards a Theoretical Approach to the Literature of Resilience: E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime as a Case Study” (Orbis Litterarum, 2018).

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