Martin-Márquez specializes in modern-era
Spanish cultural studies and Spanish-language
teaches Spanish and Latin American filmmaking,
World Cinema, film and cultural theory, and
Spanish Peninsular literature and culture from
the nineteenth century to the present, including
the relationship between Spain and Africa.
Colonialism in Africa and the Performance
of Identity. New Haven: Yale University
Press, 2008.x + 445 pp.
This book analyzes the
destabilization of boundaries between Europe
and the Muslim world, and between Europe and Africa, as a
consequence of Spaniards’ ongoing
“rediscovery” of their Andalusi past beginning
in the Enlightenment era and continuing up
until the present day. It provides a detailed
evaluation of the anxious reformulations of
national identity that have resulted since
Spaniards embarked upon a compensatory
neo-colonial project in Africa, precisely when
“scientific racism” came to the fore in Europe
and the Americas. Founded upon a
historiographic approach, the book scrutinizes
a broad range of cultural texts including
literature, film, painting, travel narratives
and museum displays as well as official
colonialismo español en África
y la performance de identidad. Trans. Josefina Cornejo.
Barcelona: Bellaterra, 2011. 463 pp. Spanish
translation of above.
Feminist Discourse and
Spanish Cinema: Sight Unseen. Oxford:
Press, 1999. x + 322 pp.
This is the first book-length
study of Spanish women filmmakers working from
the 1920s through the 1990s, and of the larger
impact of feminism on the works of male and
female directors in Spain. Based upon
extensive archival research and grounded in
close textual analyses, this study highlights
Spanish directors' fraught negotiation of
questions of authorship and agency, female
subjectivity, and national cinema.The
book also includes reconsiderations and
recontextualizations of the feminist film
theory that, beginning in the 1970s, shifted
the focus of Anglo-European cinema studies.
Cinema and Everyday Life in
1940s and 1950s Spain: An Oral History. Oxford: Berghahn Books,
This book explores the mechanisms
of memory and the “performance” and practice of
everyday life during the first two decades of
the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, based on
oral history interviews concerning cinema-going
with participants from Madrid and Valencia.
During this time period the cinema was the only
form of entertainment accessible to all urban
social classes, and weekly or even daily movie
attendance was not uncommon, and was closely
imbricated with the management of material
hardship and political repression.This
study is part of an international collaborative
project, led by Jo Labanyi.
Radical Filmmakers at the
Transatlantic Crossroads: New Cinemas and
Networks of Exchange in the Long 1960s. Book manuscript in progress.
This book works to decenter
the dominant yet impoverishing
center-periphery logic adopted in many studies
of the New Cinemas movements of the long
1960s, which tend to view international film
movements of the era as subsidiary to
developments in Europe, especially France.
This study shifts the focus instead to the
rich networks of transatlantic exchange that
characterized this period. I analyze a number
of important films and filmmakers
that—together with essays, manifestos, and
technology—traveled back and forth between
Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, France, Spain and
Mozambique. I show how the aesthetic,
affective, and ideological contours of
filmmaking were shaped by the transformational
encounters, and sometimes equally productive
"dis-encounters," that resulted. My "entangled
histories" approach also seeks to contribute
to current scholarship in transnational cinema
studies as well as in postcolonial theory.
Spanish Penal Colonies in
Africa and the Pacific: Transportation,
Forced Labor Regimes and the Reconfiguration
of Late-Imperial Space.Book manuscript in progress.