Alexandra Saum-Pascual

Alex Saum

Alex Saum-Pascual is Assistant Professor of Spanish at UC Berkeley. In the Department of Spanish and Portuguese she teaches Contemporary Spanish Literature and Culture (20th and 21st Centuries) and Electronic Literature (Digital Humanities). She received her Ph.D in Hispanic Studies at the University of California, Riverside, and completed a Masters of Spanish and Foreign Language Pedagogy at the University of Delaware.

Professor Saum-Pascual teaches a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses on Post Civil-War Spanish culture, media, and literature combining the study of literary texts with other cultural products of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has taught courses exploring the role of media on the construction of the Spanish imaginary, the importance of television shows and their adaptation of social realists works, and the role of theater, popular music, or digital and social media, as means of protest and artistic expression. She is particularly keen in the study of electronic literature (digital prose and poetry), which she has taught at all levels.

Her research expands on the relationship between literature and digital technologies, questioning what this means for contemporary writing. She is currently completing a manuscript on electronic literature in Spain. By applying a methodological scope coming from the fields of New Media and Electronic Literature, she offers a unique contribution to the field of Digital Humanities in Spanish, and to Spanish literary and cultural studies overall.

As an artist, her digital artwork has been exhibited in galleries and art festivals in the United States and abroad, and she has also curated digital art and literature exhibitions. She is also part of the Executive Committee of the Berkeley Center for New Media.

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Selected publications

“Alternativas a la (ciencia) ficción en España: dos ejemplos de literatura electrónica en formato impreso” Letras Hispanas 11 (2015): 239-259

“Carmen Martín Gaite: Una provocación desde la cultura digital” Hispania 98.4 (2015): 674-675

“Literatura española post-web: Al borde de lo virtual, lo material y la historia. El caso de Jordi Carrión” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 18 (2014): 109-126

“La poética de la Nocilla: Transmedia Poetics in Agustín Fernández Mallo’s Complete Works” Caracteres. Estudios culturales y críticos de la esfera digital, 3.1 (2014): 81-99

Desalmados. Hipertextos y biopolítica en el mundo de la webserie española” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 13.1 (2012): 19-38. Co-authored with Freya Schiwy