BiographyMy name is Sara Martín and I am a bilingual native speaker of Spanish and Catalan. I was born in Barcelona (1966), my nationality is Spanish, but I consider myself culturally a mixture of Spanish and Catalan. I am a specialist in English Studies and obtained a PhD back in 1996 with a dissertation on monstrosity in English-language 1980s and 1990s films and novels. Since 1991 I have been teaching 19th Century British Literature (both Victorian and Romantic British Literature) at BA level, and Cultural Studies and Gender Studies at BA, MA and Doctoral levels. I consider myself a feminist and I am fully committed to earning equality for women, though I call myself mainly an anti-patriarchal activist (I defend that masculinity is not the same as patriarchy).
I have published extensively in Catalan, Spanish, and English (see my website http:/gent.uab.cat/saramartinalegre). Among my books are Monstruos al Final del Milenio (2002), Expediente X: En Honor a la Verdad (2006), Recycling Cultures (ed., 2006), La Literatura (2008), Desafíos a la Heterosexualidad Obligatoria (2011), Persistence and Resistance in English Studies (co-ed., 2018) and Masculinity and Patriarchal Villainy in the British Novel: From Hitler to Voldemort (2019, Routledge). As editor I would highlight my work with Fernando Ángel Moreno in the monographic issue on Spanish science fiction for Science Fiction Studies (2017). As translator, I am very proud of having translated into English a key Catalan novel, Mecanoscrit del Segon Origen by Manuel de Pedrolo (as Typescript of the Second Origin, Weslyian UP 2018). And, as a teacher, I have developed a series of e-books with my BA and MA students on Harry Potter, Gender Studies, Science Fiction, Frankenstein’s Film Legacy, which result from my project-oriented teaching practice (see the complete list at my website, all are available online). Since 2009 I have been writing the professional blog The Joys of Teaching Literature (http://blogs.uab.cat/saramartinalegre)
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My areas of interest are:
*Gender Studies: Feminism, Women's Studies, Masculinities Studies and what I call Anti-Patriarchal Studies
*The Fantastic, including science fiction (my main interest), Gothic and fantasy
*Film Adaptation, mainly of novels and short stories for cinema
I have also done work on a variety of other interests: children's animated cinema, pop and rock, nationalism (Scottish and Catalan), Scottish Literature, First World War, The X-Files...
I love reading and watching films (not series...), which is the basis of my professional vocation, and I count myself lucky that I can teach and do research in my chosen fields.