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Teaching Associate Professor of Spanish | Dey 134

At UNC since 2011


Ph.D. Hispanic Literature. The University of Texas at Austin, May 2007
M.A. Comparative Literature. The University of Iowa, August 2001
Licenciatura (B.A.) Filología inglesa. Universitàt de Valéncia, España, May 1998


Cristina Carrasco’s main research focuses on contemporary Peninsular and Transatlantic studies. Building on her doctoral work on the autobiographical metafictions of Miguel de Unamuno, Rosa Montero, Enrique Vila-Matas, and Juan José Millás, she examines the ways in which contemporary hybrid genres continue to reconfigure Spanish and Latin American literature in an age of globalization and new cultural mestizajes. She is also interested in Transatlantic cinema and literature, particularly texts that address recent immigration to Spain, exotic representations of marginalized groups, and transnational identities in the Iberian Peninsula. Her current research project explores Spanish and neocolonial representations of Latin America in contemporary Peninsular women’s narratives.

At UNC, Carrasco designs and teach courses on both Latin American and Spanish literature and culture. She also co-coordinates and teaches some of the forty (or more) sections of intermediate Spanish languages courses each year. She is a firm advocate of foreign study and community engagement as transformative educational experiences. She constantly addresses diversity in the classroom, and believes that bringing experiential learning into the classroom is vital. For example, for the past three years, she has been the recipient of a Pragda grant to co-organize the Latin American Film Festival with Duke University. Pragda is a film distribution company created to promote, disseminate, and maintain the legacy of Spanish and Latin American cinema. This initiative allows students to watch and discuss films from different Spanish speaking countries.

Through her innovative teaching strategies, she fosters a welcoming environment where her mentorship inside and outside the classroom positively impacts the lives of many individuals. She highly values the opportunities I have had to mentor, advise and supervise students, and many of her students have gone on to graduate programs, have been awarded Fulbright and Rotary Scholarships, or continued on to professional careers. Starting the Fall of 2016, she will be one of the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honorary Society’s faculty mentors. She plans to organize activities such a community speaker series, where students will learn more about our Latino community and volunteer opportunities in the area.


  • “Teaching How to Make a Novel (1927) and its Legacy in Contemporary Spanish Autobiographical Metafictions.” Aproaches to Teaching the Works of Miguel de Unamuno. Ed. Luis Alvarez-Castro. New York: Modern Language Association, 2017 – forthcoming.
  • “La sartén por el mango: la cocina como resistencia en Inés y la alegría (2010) de Almudena Grandes.” Estudios sobre Almudena Grandes. Ed. Elena Talaya-Manso y Sara Fernández Medina. Granada: Valparaíso Ediciones, 2016. 59-77.
  • “De Macondo a San Salvador: la recepción crítica en España de la obra de Horacio Castellanos-Moya.” Horacio Castellanos Moya: El diablo en el espejo. Ed. María del Carmen Caña Jiménez y Vinodh Venkatesh. Valencia: Albatros (Serie Palabras de América), 2016 . 47-63.
  • “Josefina Vicens: una olvidada del canon.” Dossier Josefina Vicens. Literatura contemporánea en Español, Fundación Mapfre, Proyecto web (Madrid) – forthcoming.
    Carrasco, C., Kohl, A.G., Shade, A.I. “Literatura” sections for Anda: Curso Intermedio, 3E (LeLoup, Cowell, Heining-Boynton) Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2016.
    “Juan José Millás.” Contemporary Literary Criticism Series. Detroit: Gale, volume 390, 2015.
  • Transatlantic Revisions of the Conquest in Inma Chacón’s La princesa india.” Colonial Itineraries of Contemporary Mexico. Literary and Cultural Inquiries. Ed. Oswaldo Estrada and Anna M. Nogar. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 2014. 172-89.
  • “Disidencias literarias en París no se acaba nunca de Enrique Vila-Matas.” Enrique Vila-Matas: espejos de la ficción. Ed. Felipe Ríos Baeza. México: Eón, 2012. 293-311.
  • “Barcelona no es sólo Gaudí: representaciones cinematográficas de una ciudad global.” Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies. Special Issue: “Navigating Through the Spanish Urban Space in the 20th and 21st Centuries” 8 (2012): 100-20.
  • “Contestatory Fairytales and Liminal Spaces in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.” Revista de Humanidades 31-32 (2011-2012): 13-30.
  • “Cuando la amistad vive en la ficción: las autobiografías excéntricas de Sergio Pitol y Enrique Vila-Matas.” Revista Mexicana de Literatura Contemporánea 59 (2012) : XXXIX – XLIII.
  • “Las metaficciones autobiográficas en La loca de la casa (2003) de Rosa Montero.” Cuaderno Internacional de Estudios Humanísticos y Literatura 16 (2011): 230-38.
  • “Agua con sal: otredad y exotismo caribeño en el cine español contemporáneo.” Romance Notes 2 (2011): 237-46

Typical Courses

  • SPAN 101/102: Intensive Beginning Spanish
  • SPAN 260: Introduction to Latin American and Spanish Literature
  • SPAN 203: Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 350: Advanced Conversation and Composition
  • SPAN 344: Contemporary Latin American Culture of Mexico and the Andean Region

Awards & Honors

  • Buchan Award recipient, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016
  • Sigma Delta Pi UNC Chapter advisor, Fall 2016
  • Matching Funds Award (Center for Global Initiatives) Spring 2015, Fall 2015
  • College of Arts and Sciences Travel Funds recipient, Spring 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Spanish Film Club award recipient (PRAGDA), Fall 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016