Isolina Ballesteros

Phone: (646) 312-4225

Fax: (646) 312-4211

Location: VC 6-272

Isolina Ballesteros, born in Spain, completed her degree in French Language and Literature at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, in 1982. She moved to the United States in 1986 and completed her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature at Boston University in 1992. She is Associate Professor at the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature and at the Film Studies Program of Baruch College, CUNY. Her teaching focuses on Modern Peninsular Studies (19th and 20th century literature and film), comparative literature and European film. Her field of specialty is contemporary Spanish cultural studies. She has published extensively about Spanish and Latin American women writers, the image of women in the post-Franco literature, and Spanish and European film. Her current research is cultural studies with a dual interest in gender, ethnicity and migration to Europe, and the cultural memory of the Spanish Civil War. She is the author of two books: Escritura femenina y discurso autobiográfico en la nueva novela española [Feminine Writing and Autobiographical Discourse in the New Spanish Novel], (1994), and Cine (Ins)urgente: textos fílmicos y contextos culturales de la España postfranquista [(Ins)Urgent Cinema: Filmic Texts and Cultural Contexts in Post-Franco Spain](2001). She is currently working on a book called: “(Un)Desirable” Otherness and “(Im)Migration Cinema” in the European Union.

Recent articles

“Cine de (In)Migración: documentales europeos de la inmigración latinoamericana.” Dossier “Cine, exilios y migraciones,” Migraciones & Exilios (Journal of the Asociación para el Estudio de los Exilios y Migraciones Ibéricos Contemporáneos (AEMIC), 13 (2012).

“El exilio en el cine español: el regreso imposible.” Exilio y Cine, Prensas de la Universidad de Deusto. San Sebastián, Spain, 2012.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: from Madrid (1988) to New York (2010).” A Companion to the Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar. Eds Kathy Vernon & Marvin D’Lugo. Blackwell Publishing, 2012.

“Feminine Spaces of Memory: Mourning and Melodrama in Para que no me olvides (2005) by Patricia Ferrerira.” Essays on Hispanic and Lusophone Women Filmmakers. Eds. Julián Daniel Gutiérrez Albilla and Parvati Nair. Manchester University Press, 2012. 63-81.

“Female Transnational Migrations and Diasporas in European “Immigration Cinema”,” Exile through a Gendered Lens: Women’s Displacement in Recent European History, Literature and Cinema. Eds. Gesa Zinn and Maureen Tobin Stanley. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 143-168

“Immigration Cinema” in/and the European Union.” Cultural and Media Studies. European Perspectives Vol I. Ed. María Pilar Rodríguez.  Reno, Nevada: University of Nevada Press (forthcoming 2009).

“Performing Identities in the Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar.” All about Almodóvar. A Passion for Cinema. Eds. Bradley S. Epps & Despina Kakoudaki. University of Minnesota Press:  71-100.

“Foreign and Racial Masculinities in Spanish Immigration Film.” Studies in Hispanic Cinemas 3.3 (2006): 169-185.

“Embracing the Other: The Feminization of Spanish ‘Immigration cinema’.” Studies in Hispanic Cinemas 2.1 (2005): 3-14.

“Screening African Immigration to Spain: Las cartas de Alou and Bwana.” Chasqui; revista de literatura latinoamericana. Special Issue 2 (2005):  Bridging Continents: Cinematic and Literary Representations of Spanish and Latin American Themes. Eds. Nora Glickman & Alejandro Varderi: 48-61.

“Pedro Almodóvar: From Transgression to Canon.” Cinematic. The Harvard Annual Film Review 3 (2005): 21-23.

“La exhumación de la memoria histórica: nostalgia y utopía en Soldados de Salamina (Javier Cercas 2001, David Trueba 2002).” Film-Historia (Online Journal of the Center for Cinematic Research, Universidad Central de Barcelona) 15.1 (2005):


New courses developed

CMP/FLM Critical Approaches to Film: The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar

IDC 4050/WSM 4900: Women on the Move: Global Gendered Migration

CMP 4000 Immigration Cinema: Migrations and Border Crossings to the US and Europe

SPA 4115 Images of Women in Spanish Culture

SPA 4183 Spanish Film: Cinematic Representations of the Spanish Artistic Tradition

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