Mar Soria
Associate Professor of Spanish
122 Arts & Science Building


Ph.D. Spanish Iberian Literatures and Cultures. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.A. Hispanic Literatures

Graduate Minor. Gender and Women’s Studies    


Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies

Space Theory

Postcolonial and Transatlantic Studies

Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender

Nation building


Span 8087 (graduate seminar): The Commodified City: Urban Narratives of Gender, Class, and the Market in Spanish Literature and Film

Span 8087 (graduate seminar): Geographies of Female Identity in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Spanish Women’s Literature

Span 4461/7461 (undergraduate & graduate): Advanced Spanish Civilization

Span 4993/7993 (undergraduate & graduate): Contemporary Spanish Women Writers

Span 4980/7980 (undergraduate & graduate): Nation Building and the Technologies of Modernity

Span 3430: Introduction to Hispanic Literature II                                

Span 3420: Introduction to Hispanic Literature I

Span 3005: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class in Hispanic Film

Selected Publications


Geographies of Urban Female Labor and Nationhood in Spanish Culture (1880-1975). University of Nebraska Press, 2020.

Journal Articles

  • La subversión de la basura: la ciudad abyecta en Mi vida en la basura de y en El cubo de la basura de Alfonso Sastre.” (The Subversion of Trash: The Abyect City in Ángeles Villarta’s My Life in the Trash and Alfonso Sastre’s The Trash Bin). Bulletin of Hispanic Studies-University of Liverpool (June 2020).
  • The Erotics of Urban Female Work and the Contradictions of Modernity in Anarchist Short Fiction.” Hispanic Research Journal. 19.6 (December 2018): 620-34.
  • “A Castiza Commodity: The Salesgirl in Gómez de la Serna’s La Nardo.” Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea. 41.1 (January 2016): 169-92.
  • “Homebound Workers and the Destabilization of Bourgeois Domestic Space in Benito Pérez Galdós’s Tormento (1884) and Emilia Pardo Bazán’s ‘Casi artista’ and ‘El mundo’ (1908).” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 48.3 (October 2014): 571-95.
  • “Modern Castiza Landscapes: Working Women in Zarzuela.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 88.6 (2011): 821-38.

Book Chapters

  • “Colonial Imaginings on the Stage: Blackface, Masculinity, and the Economics of Empire in Spanish and Catalan Género Chico.” Unsettling Colonialism: Transoceanic Perspectives on Gender and Race in the Nineteenth-Century Hispanic World, edited by Akiko Tsuchiya and Michelle Murray. SUNY Press, 2019. 135-72.
  • “Domesticating Cuba: Romantic Liasons and Imperial Power in Spanish Zarzuela.” Chapter for the edition entitled Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender in Fin-de-siècle Spanish Literature and Culture. Eds. Jennifer Smith and Lisa Nalbone. New York: Routledge, 2017. 45-66.
  • “In Their Own Ways: Emilia Pardo Bazán and María Martínez Sierra’s Struggle for Women’s Education in Turn-of-the-Century Spain.” Dominant Culture and the Education of Women. Ed. Julia C. Paulk. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2008. 128-42.
  • "Families Under Construction: Migratory Female Identities in the Remaking of Iberian, Hispanic Caribbean and Latina Cultures." Co-author with Irune del Río. Letras Femeninas 34.1 (Summer 2008): 7-14.