Elena Garcia-Martin

Associate Professor of Spanish

Modern & Classical Languages


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Elena García-Martín is Associate Professor at North Central College where she specializes in Spanish Studies and Spanish drama, with interests in minority cultures and Comparative Cultural Studies.

Prof. García-Martín's research, which spans across centuries and geographies, includes work on Early Modern cultural production, on theatre as a language learning tool and on contemporary community theatre. Her latest work has appeared in Hispanic Research Journal, Comedia Performance, and Romance Quarterly and her book Rural Revisions of Golden Age Drama appeared in Bucknell UP in 2017. She currently is working on contributions about pedagogies in mixed language classrooms and on a manuscript about theatres of inclusionAt North Central, she coordinates the program in Spanish for the Professions and teaches courses in translation and in Spanish language, culture, and drama.

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Selected Scholarship


 2017       Rural Revisions of Golden Age Drama: Performance of History, Production of Space. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, summer 2017. 214 pages. 

In process         Disposable/Displaced bodies in the Drama of Spain. Theaters of Inclusion.


                                 Peer Reviewed Articles

2021       Accepted. “Adequacy, Register and Metalinguistic Awareness in Spanish Composition Courses: Promoting Cultural and Linguistic Agency among HL in Mixed Classes.” Successful Pedagogies in Mixed Language Classrooms.  Submitted to Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.


2021       Accepted.Kindness, Embodied Alterity and Disability Identity on the Contemporary Spanish Stage,Performance Paradigm. Issue on “Performance and Radical Kindness.” July 2021


2020       Forthcoming. “Social networks, Social Justice and the People’s Right to the Golden Age Canon: the SGAE or the comedia villain of the Digital Age?” Ed. Erin Cowling, G. Nieto Cuebas, T. de Miguel Magro, and M.García. Social Justice in Theatrical Works of Golden Age Spain. U of Toronto Press.


2018       “Historic and Symbolic Violence in the Romani Fuenteovejuna of TNT-El Vacie: Gender, Race and Interculturalism.” Romance Quarterly. 65.4 https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/YBieuaf2Yf2mScz...


2018       “Empathy, Catharsis and Altruism in Cervantes’s Los tratos de Argel, read as a  Redemptorist Play.” Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America. 38.2 (129-164). http://muse.jhu.edu/issue/39690


2017       “Foreign Bodies in Jorge Rojas’ Performance Art: between Ritual and Satire.” Foreign Bodies: Performing Exile. Ed. Judith Rudakoff. Intellect Books Bristol, UK_ U of Chicago Press, (93-110) Dec 2017.                               http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/P/bo27342386.html


2014       “Tradición e Innovación en La pasión según Antígona Pérez: Crónica Americana en dos actos, de Luis Rafael Sánchez.” Introducción a la cultura de Occidente. San Juan: Centro de Publicaciones Académicas Universidad de Puerto Rico. 4.6 2015: (477-489).   http://www.uprm.edu/cms/index.php?a=file&fid=13973


2012       “Gendered Representations of the Militant Church: Ana Caro's and  Luisa Roldán's Rhetoric of War and Religion." Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Center for the Humanities, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124. 7.1, October 2012: (69-100).


2011       “Interculturalism and the Comedia: K+S+E+C Act's adaptation of Cervantes's Numancia.” Comedia Performance. 8.1, Spring 2011: (42-76).