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Distancias cortas is a monographic study which explores the current situation of the short story in Britain, Ireland and the U.S. It is commonly assumed that the modern short story developed almost simultaneously in Russia, Ireland and the United States. In Great Britain, however, the genre took longer to reach the levels of popularity and readership enjoyed in Ireland and in America. Distancias cortas, a research project undertaken over five years, aims to cover a gap in the short story bibliography at the turn of the new millenium.

   The volume is divided into three parts, each one focusing on specific features and authors whose short fiction paved the way of this genre from 1995 to 2005. Topics such as the evolution of the short story in those countries in the last decades, themes and national features or the study of the short fiction produced by writers from 1995 to 2005 are points of interest explored in this research work.

Blasina Cantizano Márquez, José Francisco Fernández Sánchez, José R. Ibáñez Ibáñez, Mª Elena Jaime de Pablos y Mónica Ramírez Úbeda

Distancias cortas. El relato breve en Gran Bretaña, Irlanda y Estados Unidos (1995-2005)

Oviedo: Septem Ediciones, 2010

ISBN: 978-84-92536-47-4

To read a book review in Estudios Ingleses de la Universidad Complutense, click here.

José Francisco Fernández Sánchez, José R. Ibáñez Ibáñez, Mª Elena García Sánchez y Carmen Mª Bretones Callejas

Observando a los nuevos vecinos. Imágenes de Andalucía en la prensa de habla inglesa en la Comunidad Autónoma Andaluza

Sevilla: Centro de Estudios Andaluces, 2009

ISBN: 978-84-692-2691-9

The presence of British travellers in Andalusia since the Romantic period is well documented. The south of Spain has always called the attention of writers and scholars from Northern Europe. However, in present times a different kind of visitors from Britain have established themselves here, the so-called expats, or British residents. Around 300.000 Britons live today in Andalusia, being one of the most numerous foreign communities in the area. Despite their big numbers, little is known about them: why they settled down in Andalusia, what they think of local and regional politics, what their opinions are about the Spaniards, the infrastructures in Andalusia, the landscape, the food…

   Observando a los nuevos vecinos, a project wholly funded by Centro de Estudios Andaluces and undertaken by four members of Lindisfarne, who studied newspapers published by British residents in their local communities in order to obtain answers to the questions stated above.

Santiago Rodríguez Guerrero-Strachan

En torno a los márgenes. Ensayos de literatura postcolonial

Madrid: Minotauro Digital, 2008

ISBN: 978-84-612-6925-9

This is a book on Postcolonial literature written with a comparativist approach. The author explores topics such as exile, language, identity, the role of writers in authors as diverse as Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chinua Achebe, Taban lo Liyong, Sever Sarduy, Alejo Carpentier and Juan Goytisolo.

Santiago Rodríguez Guerrero-Strachan

Presencia de Edgar Allan Poe en la literatura española del siglo XIX

Valladolid: Universidad de Valladolid, 1999.

ISBN: 84-7762-947-1

The book analyses the reception of Poe’s fantastic short fiction in Spain in the nineteenth century. It is divided in two major parts. In the former, the author analyzes the reception of Poe in prologues to his books published in Spain, and in articles published in magazines. I conclude that Charles Baudelaire’s essays on Poe were central in the reception. In the second section, the analysis is focused on the influence of Poe’s fantastic stories in stories by Benito Pérez Galdós, Leopoldo Alas Clarín, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Pedro Antonio de Alarcón to determine in what ways Spanish authors were influenced by the American writer.


José R. Ibáñez Ibáñez

La escritura reivindicada. Claves interpretativas en los ensayos de José Jiménez Lozano

Valladolid: Junta de Castilla y León, 2005

ISBN: 84-9718-351-7

La escritura reivindicada focuses its analysis on the essay writings of José Jiménez Lozano (1930-2020), 2002 Cervantes-prize winner and one of the most relevant Spanish writers in the second-half of the twentieth-century literature. This monograph examines this author's essay production from his early beginnings as a journalist in the late 1950s up to the publication of the last of his diaries in 2003. Although Jiménez Lozano's extensive fiction and poetic oeuvre has been the subject of frequent critical study, it is paradoxical yet true to say that there were no academic works devoted to an essay production that stands out for its enormous variety and intellectual rigour. La escritura reivindicada aims to delve into long-neglected texts, thus revealing aspects in his thought which have become landmarks in the understanding of his entire literary production.

Santiago Rodríguez Guerrero-Strachan

En busca del fantasma de América: Viajes y ensayos en los Estados Unidos

Eolas Ediciones, 2022

ISBN: 978-84-18718533

Madalina Armie

The Irish Short Story at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century: Tradition, Society and Modernity

Routledge, 2023

ISBN: 978-10-32308241

In the mid-1990s, Ireland was experiencing the "best of times". The Celtic Tiger seemed to instil in the national consciousness that poverty was a problem of the past. The impressive economic performance ensured that the Republic occupied one of the top positions among the world's economic powers. During the boom, dissident voices continuously criticised what they considered to be a mirage, identifying the precariousness of its structures and foretelling its eventual crash. The 2008 recession proved them right. Throughout this time, the Irish contemporary short story expressed distrust. Enabled by its capacity to reflect change with immediacy and dexterity, the short story saw through the smokescreen created by the Celtic Tiger discourse of well-being. It reinterpreted and captured the worst and the best of the country and became a bridge connecting tradition and modernity. The major objective of this book is to analyse the interactions between fiction and reality during this period in Ireland by studying the short stories written by old and emergent voices published between the birth of the Celtic Tiger in 1995 up to its immediate aftermath in 2013.

A journey along Interstates 40 and 44, life in a small Western town, a musical weekend in Memphis, and permeating it all, the ghosts of Elvis Presley and Jack Kerouac. This book is just simply an account of an illusion and of what the country has meant to the author, although it is not a subjective narrative either. In contrast to memoirs and recollections where the emphasis is on the writer and the little things that happen to him day by day, this book seeks to hide the self so that the reader can enjoy the character of the Americans embodied in the epic of travel, rock 'n' roll and cinema.