Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures

Elena Cueto Asín focuses her research on modern Spanish literature, theater and film, with an interest in history and the global reach of Spain’s cultural production and the relationship between literary text and other media. Her latest book Guernica, en la escena, la página y la pantalla (Guernica on the Stage, on the Page, on the Screen, 2017) explores iconic representations of the Spanish Civil War from 1937 to the present. Her current project deals with ways in which the past is evoked in recent drama, cinema and television series, and the discourses they promote regarding the construction of cultural heritage.

Professor Cueto has been teaching at Bowdoin since 2000. She is part of the programs of Latin American Studies and Cinema Studies. She teaches Advanced Spanish and Introduction to Hispanic Literature, and she offers upper level courses, both in Spanish and in English, on topics related to modern Spain in its national and global context, including: Romantic Spain,The Spanish Civil War and Cinema, Spanish Cinema: Taboo and Tradition, Hispanic Cities on Screen, or Contemporary Spanish Theater.

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  • PhD, Purdue University
  • MA, Purdue University
  • BA, Universidad Complutense de Madrid