Rebeca Maseda Garcia

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Professor of Spanish
CAS Languages


  • Ph.D., Humanities/Filosofía y Letras, Autonomous University of Madrid, 2006 


Rebeca Maseda has an extensive record of publications (as well as grants, conference presentations, guest lectures, etc.) on film and gender, and language learning. Throughout her career she has delved into contentious issues pertaining to the relationship between gender and Feminism(s). Her last research focuses on cinematographic representations of violence and trauma: the possibility of depicting trauma, and alterative modes of representation that avoid traumatization, victimization, voyeurism, aestheticization, and trivialization. She is currently part of the research project ref #: FEM2015-65834-C2-2-P funded by the grant MINECO I+D+i Subprogram of Generation of Knowledge, State Program for the Promotion of Excellence in Scientific and Technical Research of the National plan for research, development and innovation of the Ministry of Economy and Competitivity, Spain.

Teaching Responsibilities

She teaches Elementary and Intermediate Spanish courses as well as Upper-division courses such as Ghosts or War, Postwar and Transition to Democracy in Contemporary Spanish CinemaA Hundred Years of Spanish Women’s Lives in Cinema, Gender and Sexuality in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas, Language Learning and Hispanic Media, and Spanish Civilization. She received in 2014 the Chancellor’s Award For Excellence in Teaching.


Selected Works:
Maseda García, R. & Mateu Castillo Mateu, L. (2022) Female political leaders in Spanish popular culture: Institutionalized feminism in Isabel (TVE1, 2012-2014), International Journal of Iberian Studies 35:1, pp. 23–39,
(Co-edited with Gámez Fuentes, María José and Zecchi, Barbara) Gender-Based Violence in Latin American and Iberian Cinemas. Routledge (2020).

(Co-edited with Gámez Fuentes, M.J.) Gender and Violence In Spanish Culture: From Vulnerability to Accountability. New York: Peter Lang. (2018).

(With Castejón Leorza, M.) “Carmina o revienta and Carmina y amén: Female Transgressions of Victimhood in Spanish Popular Cinema.” In Gender and Violence In Spanish Culture: From Vulnerability to Accountability. Pp. 195-211. (2018).

“Woman in Rebellion: Culinary Crime in Pedro Almodóvar’s ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!! Gastronomica. The Journal of Critical Food Studies, 18 (1). Pp. 55-65. (2018).

 (With Gámez Fuentes, M.J. & Gómez Nicolau, E.) “Celebrities, violencia de género y derechos de las mujeres: ¿Hacia una transformación del marco de reconocimiento?” Revista Latina de Comunicación Social. 71. Pp. 833-852. (2016).

“Mood, Silence and Ghostly Words:  Female Trauma in Isabel Coixet’s The Secret life of Words.” Studies in European Cinema. (2014).

“Habrá cantos sobre oscuros momentos: trauma femenino en La teta asustada de Claudia Llosa.” Letras Hispanas 10.2 (2014).

(with DeFeo, D.) “Finding Your “Spanish” Voice Through Popular Media: Improving Students Confidence and Fluency.” International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 14.3 (2014).

(with Dulin, P) “The Changing Portrayal of War-Related PTSD in North American Cinema since the Vietnam War.” 49th Parallel. An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies 30 (2012).

Ensayo sobre la contradicción: Virginia Woolf en la pantalla. Ed. University of Alicante, 2008.

(with Stein, S) “Los agujeros de la percepción: Creación esquizofrénica en Lucía y el sexo de Julio Medem” Letras Hispanas 4.2 (2007). 

“La deconstrucción del sexo y la sexualidad en Orlando de Sally Potter.” Archivos de la Filmoteca 50 (2005).

“Consideraciones entorno a una pornografía alternativa.” Secuencias, Revista de Historia del Cine 12 (2000).