Jessica Aliaga-Lavrijsen

Jessica Aliaga-Lavrijsen
University of Zaragoza | UNIZAR · Department of English and German

PhD, MA

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Introduction
I am currently working on contemporary Science Fiction literature, with special focus on ScotLit, as well as feminism.
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September 2019 - present
University of Zaragoza
Position
  • Lecturer
September 2011 - present
Centro Universitario de la Defensa
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  • Lecturer
April 2009 - July 2010
University of Zaragoza
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

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This volume gathers some of the papers presented at the 2nd Global Conference ‘Trauma: Theory and Practice,’ an interdisciplinary conference, hosted in Prague in the spring of 2012, where issues surrounding the experience of individual and collective traumas, their representations in art, and some theoretical approaches were explored and debated. T...
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This book chapter is a development of a previous article: "Female Scottish Trauma in Janice Galloway’s “'The Trick is to Keep Breathing'”. In Is This a Culture of Trauma? An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Eds. Jessica Aliaga Lavrijsen and MIchael Bick. 2013. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press. pp 85-95.
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A place cannot exist if it has not been imagined, if it has not been perceived, as Alasdair Gray famously stated. Scottish Science Fiction goes a step further by emphasizing the need not only to recognise and represent Scottish places, but also to recreate and to re-imagine them in its possible futures. To (re-)imagine Scotland and its places means...
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After the boom of feminist science fiction in the 1970s, many such novels have tackled the different sociocultural understandings of gender and sexual reproduction. Conventionally, patriarchal thinking tends to posit a biological explanation for gender inequality: women are supposed to be child bearers and the primary caregivers, whereas men should...
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Scottish literature is by no means a literature of the Other —that is, radically or essentially different— and, nevertheless, alterity and difference are two basic elements explored in many Scottish works of art. This is the case of Naomi Mitchison’s classic science-fiction novel Solution Three (1975), where issues of racial and sexual equality are...
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Marianne de Pierres's Transformation Space (2010) is a rare example of an Australian novel set in an apocalyptic and dystopic interstellar future where pregnancy, childbearing and nursing have a presence that is quite uncommon in Science Fiction (SF). Despite the fact that the genre of SF and that of space opera in particular have been traditionall...
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Traditionally, contemporary science fiction (SF) has been mainly classified into two main types of texts: apocalyptic narratives and technological utopias. However, some novels exceed these categories, as they show a different response to what I consider to be a Transmodern perspective on a near-future world in which human beings explore the univer...
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The imagining of the worst ends of humanity has been so present in the genre of SF written in English that it has given rise to the subgenre of 'apocalyptic SF'. Among the 'existential risks' contemplated are cosmological or geological disasters, our use of weapons, global plagues and other pandemic agents, ecological collapse and climate change. H...
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Contemporary Scottish literature has increasingly involved complex negotiations between the different Scottish identities that have proliferated since the nineteen seventies and nineteen eighties. At the present time, the concept of identity postulated is no longer essentialist and monologic, like the one associated to the two halves of the traditi...
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This volume aims at exploring the forms of expression and representation with which contemporary literatures in English are currently responding to the emergence of a new cultural paradigm. Its starting hypothesis is that, although still largely unnoticed, there is evidence of a paradigm shift taking place since the 1980s that involves the assimila...
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We claimed at the beginning of the volume there is a paradigm shift in the make. Transmodernity is a tentative umbrella term that encompasses a sense of transness as the corollary and aftermath of exhausted Postmodernism. When John Barth addressed the end of modernism in The Literature of Exhaustion (1967) and the beginning of Postmodernism in The...
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Transmodern Perspectives on Contemporary Literatures in English offers a constructive dialogue on the concept of the transmodern, focusing on the works by very different contemporary authors from all over the world, such as: Chimanda Ngozi Adichie, Margaret Atwood, Sebastian Barry, A. S. Byatt, Tabish Khair, David Mitchell, Alice Munroe, Harry Park...
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In The Human Front and Descent, writer Ken MacLeod departs from the demand made by authors such as Alasdair Gray to make Scotland visible in fiction, going a step further, as MacLeod also offers a regeneration, a new insight into Scotland’s possible futures. There is an implicit political stance: Scotland must be (re)imagined, but bearing in mind a...
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"Review: Traumatic Memory and the Ethical, Political and Transhistorical Functions of Literature".
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This paper focuses on the science fiction (SF) novel Cosmonaut Keep (2000)—first in the trilogy Engines of Light, which also includes Dark Light (2001) and Engines of Light (2002)—by the Scottish writer Ken MacLeod, and analyzes from a transmodern perspective some future warfare aspects related to forthcoming technological development, possible rec...
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The aim of this paper is to understand how a transmodern approach to a 21st-century British novel set in the near future will open it up for new meanings that exceed the more conventional or traditional readings of “hard” science fiction. The theoretical framework to be used in the close reading of the chosen text —Ken MacLeod’s Intrusion (2012)— w...
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The Special Issue “Representations of Transmodern War Contexts in English Literature” aims to analyze the transmodern or contemporary discourse(s) within what we might call war and post-war literature. That is, it will explore the different types of discourse in English literary texts that represent contemporary contexts or warlike and post-war sce...
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In late twentieth-century, Scottish trauma fiction becomes a field for exploring the forms of the novel and further analyse the complexity of consciousness, feelings, and identity construction —a quite problematic issue in Scotland—. Besides, literal representations of the displaced experience and non-linear narratives are further explored, since t...
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This study is the first monograph on the Scottish writer Brian McCabe. It focuses mainly on McCabe's fiction and on the elements in his writing that allow for a redefinition of individual and national identity. The book opens with an examination of the socio-cultural context that shapes McCabe's position in contemporary Scottish literature. The aut...
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Since the late 1980s the interest in what we call Trauma Studies has increased exponentially. Although it originated in the context of research on the Holocaust (Kaplan 2005: 1), it has developed from being an isolated branch of psychology to becoming an extraordinarily useful tool for critical analysis in the humanities. The collection of essays i...
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Textual display is transforming itself constantly and at high speed: from the fi rst hyper-textual fi ction created with Hypercard and Storyspace soft ware, such as Afternoon, a Story, by Michael Joyce (1990), or his later Web work Twelve Blue (1991), both authored using Storyspace (Eastgate System's proprietary hypertext authoring program) (Hayles...
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The article explores how creativity and the figure of the double are linked in Eva Figes novel B (1972).
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Here is the resulting manifesto derived from the debates on publication in the humanities which took place at the Young Researchers Forum ESF Humanities Spring 2011 "Changing Publication Cultures in the Humanities" in Maynooth (Ireland). ISBN: 978-2-918428-63-3. Strasbourg: European Science Foundation.
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Translation: "Un átomo a otro"
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Keywords Hiroshima mon amour (1959), directed by Alan Resnais and script by Marguerite Duras, has been considered the first modern film of the sound era. The film’s structure, full of temporal distortions and repetitions, mirrors the consequences of the terrible past experiences that the two main characters couldn’t cope with. The film does not ex...

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