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Mary Hartson

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Mary Hartson
Associate Professor

312 O'Dowd Hall
(248) 370-2001
[email protected]

Ph.D. in Hispanic Cultural Studies, Michigan State University, M.A. in Spanish, Middlebury College, M.I.L.S University of Michigan, B.A. in English Literature, University of Michigan

Masculinity and Gender Studies, 20th and 21st century Spanish literature and film, Spanish Peninsular Cultural Studies, and Instructional Methodology

Prof. Hartson joined Oakland University in 2009. She teaches Spanish language and grammar, Peninsular Spanish literature and culture, and translation. She is also the coordinator for first- and second year language instruction. Her current research focuses on issues related to gender and subjectivity in the 20th and 21st centuries, especially regarding masculine identity and consumerism as represented in Spanish and American cinema.


Casting Masculinity in Spanish Film: Negotiating Identity in a Consumer Age. Lexington, 2017.

"Traumatic Memory and Heroism in the Transnational Spaghetti Western" in Romance Notes 61.1, 2021.

“The Bourne Refusal: Changing the Rules of the Game?” in Screening Images of Masculinity in the Age of Post Feminism. Elizabeth Abele and John A. Gronbeck-Tedesco, Eds. Lexington, 2016, 51-68.

“Voracious Vampires and Other Monsters: The Terror Genre in Spanish Cinema of the Transición.” Romance Notes55:1, 2015, 125-136.

“Between Two Loves: Manolo Escobar, Masculinity and a Spanish Transition.” Confluencia 30:2, Spring 2015.

“Masculinity and Cine de Cruzada: The Crusade against Self-Indulgence in Early Francoist Spain.” Hispanófila 170, January 2014, 97-112.

"The False-Bottomed Suitcase: Historical Memory and Textual Masochism in Carmen Martín Gaite's El cuarto de atrás." Romance Notes 48:1, Fall 2007, 35-48.

"Mujer indomable: el positivismo latinoamericano y el personaje femenino en Blanca Sol," Tropos, Spring 2006, 16-27

Sex, Sadism, Spain and Cinema. Nicholas C. Schlegel. Rowman and Littlefield, 2015. Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas, 15:1, 2018.

Directory of World Cinema: Spain. Torres Hortelano, Lorenzo J., ed. Chicago: U Chicago Pr., 2011, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture 32, 2014, 181-183.

Latin American Cinemas: Local Views and Transnational Connections. Bermúdez Barrios, Nayibe, ed. Calgary: U Calgary Pr., 2011, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, 31, 2013. 200-211.

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

O'Dowd Hall, Room 372
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, 586 Pioneer Drive 48309-4482
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