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Nora Lynn Gardner, Ph.D.

Nora Lynn Gardner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish, Languages & Literature Department


Ph.D., Indiana University, 2018
M.A., Indiana University, 2012
B.A., Northwestern University, 2006


Research Interests

  • Langston Hughes: Transatlantic, Diasporic, and Afrolatinx Approaches
  • Afro-Iberian Studies
  • Afrolatinx Studies
  • Gender and Narrative in the Spanish Postwar
  • The Spanish Civil War
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Catalan Studies
  • Theories of Dirt and Abjection
  • Literary Theories of Chaos
  • Queer Studies
  • Everyday Life Studies
  • Memory Studies


Current Research Projects

At present I am working on two research projects based on literary production during the Spanish Civil War and throughout Francisco Franco's fascist dictatorship in Spain (1936-1975): “Filth, Francoism, Females and Fiction” is series of stand-alone book chapters and articles that investigate connections between gender, narrative and intersectional theories of dirt, the abject, and chaos in female-written-and-narrated novels produced throughout the postwar period. “'Dear folks at home’: Langston Hughes, Resilience, and Race Reporting in the Spanish Civil War” is my current book project that explores the poetry and journalistic prose Hughes wrote during the time he spent in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid as a war correspondent for the Baltimore Afro-American in 1937.


Recent Publications

“The Unsuspected Truth: Abjection and Queer Narration in Nada” in Queer Women in Modern Spanish Literature: Activism, Sexuality, and the Otherness of the “Chicas Raras” ed. Ana I. Simón (pp. 133-148). Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Routledge. 2022.

“Palomas pestilentes: Limpieza y guerra en La plaza del Diamante” (“Dirty Doves: Cleaning and War in Time of the Doves”) in Del salvaje siglo XIX al inestable siglo XX en las letras transatlánicas: Una mirada retrospectiva a través de hispanistas (From the Wild Nineteenth Century to the Unstable Twentieth Century in Transatlantic Letters: A Retrospective Look by Hispanists.) (pp. 161-176). Wilmington, DE, United States: Vernon Press. 2022.