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Maria J. Anastasio

Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures


Degrees

PHD, 2000, SUNY Coll Buffalo; MA, 1997, SUNY Coll Buffalo; BA, 1991, Univ of Salamanca


Bio

Originally from Spain, Pepa Anastasio joined Hofstra after receiving her doctorate at SUNY, Buffalo.  Her academic background is in English and Spanish Literature, Cultural Studies, and Queer theory.  She is the editor of a collection of stories by Spanish contemporary writer Juan José Millás, (Personality Disorders and Other Stories, New York: MLA, 2007).  Her current book project, Frivolities: The Productive Pleasures of Popular Culture, involves the study of cultural practices in Spain (and other Spanish-speaking locations) from the turn of the 20th-Century to the present. Central to her inquiry is the notion of "productive pleasures", that is, the idea that the enjoyment that derives from the practices of popular culture may open the way for social and political transformation.  She has published on this topic in Spain, USA and the UK.  Some of her writing is accessible through https://hofstra.academia.edu/PepaAnastasio


Teaching Interests

Popular musical genres in Latin America, Latino USA and Spain: Popular Music: Audiences, Industries, Geographies (SPAN 131).  Culture and Media: Spanish in the Media (SPAN 106)

Spanish Cultural Studies (SPAN 120) Normally taught in Spain (Hofstra offers the possibility of studying in Spain during the summer and also during the Spring or Fall semesters.  Contact Dr. Anastasio if you are interested in these possibilities.

Interdisciplinary programs: Women Studies, Going Public: Women Reading and Writing (SPLT 57), Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS), and LGBT, How Do You Say ‘Queer’ in Spanish? Gender, Sexuality, Identity and Citizenship (LACS/LGBT 120).  These courses are taught in English and are occasionally offered in the summer as Distance Learning (DL) courses.


Research Interests

Popular Culture Practices; Popular Music; Performance; Queer and Gender Studies


Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
SPAN 003 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH 1 Undergraduate
SPAN 113A CULTR & CIV OF SPAIN Undergraduate
SPAN 120 CULTURAL STDS IN SPAIN TODAY Undergraduate
SPAN 128 (LT) SPAIN&LAT AMER TODAY Undergraduate
SPAN 129 (LT) CONTEMPORARY SPANISH LIT Undergraduate
SPLT 050A (LT) GRANADA: LIT, CTLR, & MUS Undergraduate
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