Marina (Maria) Bettaglio

Marina (Maria) Bettaglio
Position
Associate Professor
Hispanic & Italian Studies
Contact
Office: CLE B436
Credentials

Laurea (Università di Genova), MA (Ohio State), PhD (SUNY-Buffalo)

Area of expertise

Twentieth-Century Spanish and Italian Literature Women's Studies,Gender Studies,Critical Theory,Translation Theory.

Bio

I joined the UVic community in 2007 with an Excellence in Teaching Award from SUNY-Buffalo and an interdisciplinary and international background, which includes a Laurea in Lingue from the Università di Genova (110 & lode), an MA in Comparative Cultural Studies (Ohio State University), a PhD in Hispanic Studies (SUNY-Buffalo), and study-abroad experience in Spain (Universidad de Salamanca), England (Bath and Hull), and Belgium (Erasmus Program).

Research Profile

As a cultural comparativist, I conduct interdisciplinary research in the field of gender and media studies. My most recent publications include: Con el lápiz en la mano. Mujeres y comics a ambos lados del Atlántico, Special Issue of the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos coedited with Elizabeth Montes Garcés and María Elsy Cardona (2019) and Rappresentare la violenza di genere. Sguardi femministi tra critica, attivismo e scrittura [Representing Gender-Based Violence: Feminist Approaches between Criticism, Activism, and Literature], ed. Marina Bettaglio, Nicoletta Mandolini and Silvia Ross (Mimesis, 2018), which participates in the growing debate over gender-based violence in contemporary Italy. My trilingual publication record investigates issues of representation and self-representation in a variety of media, centring on the discursive construction of maternal figures in contemporary Spain and Italy. Exploring how images of motherhood constitute powerful ideological tools that have shaped women’s identity throughout history, my research has focused on the way maternal narratives respond to patriarchal notions of proper maternal conduct and to neoliberal self-branding in post-Franco Spain and in Italy. In recent years, my scholarly activity has been supported by fellowships and visiting scholar positions at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at UVic (Fall 2017) and at the Universidad de Salamanca and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Fall 2019). I currently hold a 5 year SSHRC Insight Grant to research “Maternal Self-Expression in Spanish Graphic Narratives: Beyond Patriarchy and Neoliberalism?” (2020-2025). 

Principal Teaching Areas

  • Contemporary Spanish Literature, Gender, and Culture
  • Contemporary Italian Culture, Gender, Media, and Language

Selected Publications (from 2015 - )

Books and special issues

  1. Con el lápiz en la mano. Mujeres y cómics a ambos lados del Atlántico. Ed. Elizabeth Montes Garcés, Marina Bettaglio, María Elsy Cardona. Special Issue of the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, 43.1, 2018.
  2. Rappresentare la violenza di genere. Sguardi femminili tra critica, attivismo e scrittura. Ed. Marina Bettaglio, Nicoletta Mandolini, Silvia Ross. Milano: Mimesis, 2018. http://mimesisedizioni.it/libri/rappresentare-la-violenza-di-genere.html

Iberian and Hispanic Studies

  1. “Maternal Life Writing in Contemporary Spanish Graphic Narratives: From Blog to Book.” Spanish Graphic Narratives. Ed. Collin McKinney and David Richter. London: Palgrave, 2020, pp.211-232.
  2. "Caring Masculinities and Feminist Fathering in Contemporary Spain.” Feminist Fathering/Fathering Feminists: New Definitions and Directions. Ed. Nicole Willey and Dan Friedman. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2020. https://demeterpress.org/books/feminist-fatheringfathering-feminists-new-definitions-and-directions/
  3. “Los cuidados en la economía neoliberal: reivindicaciones feministas en la España actual.” Todos a movilizarse! Ed. María José Hellin and Ana Corbalán. Barcelona: Anthropos, 2019. 69-88. https://www.anthropos-editorial.com/libros/documentos/DA_008_Sumario.pdf
  4. “Madres de comics: del silencio al protagonismo.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, 43.1, 2018 (69-91).
  5. Marina Bettaglio, Elizabeth Montes Garcés, María Elsy Cardona. Introducción. Con el lápiz en la mano. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, 43.1, 2018 (1-16).
  6. “Entrevista a Marika Vila” Con el lápiz en la mano. RCEH 43.1, 2018 (215-238).
  7. “Entrevista a Marcela Trujillo” Con el lápiz en la mano. RCEH 43.1, 2018 (239-247).
  8. “Cuando la madre (se) mata: suicidio, víctimas y victimarios en Secreta Penélope de Alicia Giménez Bartlett y Elena sabe de Claudia Piñeiro.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, 42.2, 2018 (401-425).
  9. “Violencia, extranjería, lenguaje y memoria: migraciones azarosas en La muerte juega a los dados de Clara Obligado.” Finisterre: en el último lugar del mundo. Migraciones en la cultura y literatura hispanoamericanas. Ed. Wladimir Chávez and Leonor Taiano. Ciudad de México: Destiempos, 2017 (12-35).
  10. “Maternidad y creación literaria. Entrevista a Lola López Mondéjar.” Confluencia, 32, 2, 2017 (222-230).
  11. “Locuras detectivescas en La detective miope de Rosa Ribas.” RAUDEM, 3, 2015 (157-170).
  12. “(Post)Feminist Maternal Chronicles and Their Discontents.” Letras Femeninas, Special Issue:  Hacia una redefinición del feminismo y de los estudios de género en el siglo XXI.  41.1, 2015 (47-61).
  13. "Identidad, autonarración y performatividad en La hija del Ganges de Asha Miró." Mnemosyne, 8, 2015 (99-116).

Italian Studies

  1. “Armanda Guiducci.” Poetas italianas contemporáneas en la Querella de las Mujeres. Madrid: Dykinsons, 2020. 121-148.
  2. “Contro il silenzio e la violenza mediatica: Ferite a morte di Serena Dandini.” Rappresentare la violenza di genere. Sguardi femministi tra critica, attivismo e scrittura. Eds. Marina Bettaglio, Nicoletta Mandolini, and Silvia Ross. Milano: Mimesis, 2018. 138-158.
  3. Bettaglio, Marina, Nicoletta Mandolini, Silvia Ross. Introduzione. Rappresentare la violenza di genere. 15-47.
  4. “Visioni a confronto. Intervista a Lola López Mondéjar.” Rappresentare la violenza di genere. 303-315 [Interview and translation from Spanish]
  5. “Dal miracolo economico al nichilismo in Niente, più niente al mondo di Massimo Carlotto.”  Italian Business. Money and Culture in Post-War Italy. Special Issue of Italian Quarterly. Letizia Bellocchio and Francesca Cadel eds. 2017.
  6. “Maternal Momoirs in Contemporary Italy.” Intervalla, Special Issue: To Be or Not to Be a Mother: Choice, Refusal, Reluctance, and Conflict. Motherhood and Female Identity in Italian Literature and Culture. Vol. 1, 2016. (47-60).

Book Reviews

  1. Cauchi-Santoro, Roberta. Beyond the Suffering of Being: Desire in Giacomo Leopardi and Samuel Beckett. Firenze: Firenze University Press. Quaderni d’Italianistica 40.2, 2019 (214-15).

  2. Pérez, Jorge. Confessional Cinema: Religion, Film, and Modernity in Spain’s Development Years, 1960-1975. University of Toronto Quarterly, 2019 (Forthcoming).
  3. Segas, Lise. Las malas lenguasRevista de ALCES XXI. Journal of Contemporary Spanish Literature and Cinema, 3, 2016-2017 (423-30).
  4. Mongiardo, Laura. «El mar» i « L’elefant» de Mercè Rodoreda, una proposta de traducció a l’italià. Barcelona: Biblioteca Mercè Rodoreda, Hispanófila, 181, 2017 (203-205).
  5. Milena Busquets. También esto pasará. Letras Femeninas, 43.1, 2017 (178-79).
  6. Blanco López, María José.  Life Writing in Carmen Martín Gaite’s Quadernos de todo and her novels of the 1990sLetras Femeninas, 41.2, 2015 (173-75).
  7. Ramos Mesonero, Alicia. Memorias de las presas de FrancoRevista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, 39.2, 2015 (538-39).