Rosario Arias - Biography#

Dr Rosario Arias is Senior Lecturer in English Literature (with national eligibility to Full Professor) at the University of Málaga (Spain). She received the University of Málaga Extraordinary Prize for her PhD thesis, entitled “Mothers and daughters in Lessing, Atwood and Mantel” (Sobresaliente cum laude). Arias has published an authored book, Madres e hijas en la teoría feminista: una perspectiva psicoanalítica (Universidad de Málaga, 2002). She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Autonomous University of Madrid (2001) and at Brunel University (UK) in 2002.

In the last few years her specialisms are neo-Victorian fiction, haunting and spectrality, the trace, and memory and revisions of the past. Dr Arias has published articles in several refereed journals and book chapters in collections published by Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, Brill-Rodopi, U of Toronto P. In 2010 she co-edited (with Dr Patricia Pulham) Haunting and Spectrality in Neo-Victorian Fiction: Possessing the Past (Palgrave, 2010). She has also published Science, Spiritualism and Technology, a facsimile edition of Spiritualist texts, which belongs to the collection Spiritualism, 1840-1930 (Routledge, 2014).

She is the Principal Investigator of a Research Group, funded by the Andalusian Regional Government and several projects on the notion of the ‘trace’, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Since December 2015 Arias is also Research Leader of the “Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies in Spain Network (VINS)” (2015-2017), also funded by the same body. She is currently a member of AEDEAN Executive Board since November 2015. She sits on the editorial boards of Neo-Victorian Studies and Revenant, and acts as a reviewer of several international journals. She has organised several international conferences as main organiser, being the most recent one “Material Traces of the Past in Contemporary Literature” (Málaga, 6-8 May 2015). Arias is Head of Department of English, French and German since November 2013. She is currently working on a co-edited volume entitled Reading the ‘Trace’: History and Memory in Contemporary Fiction, and among her next projects is a monograph on neo-Victorianism and the senses.
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