“Spectators and Mythmakers: Brokering the Image in Lucía Etxebarria’s Una historia de amor como otra cualquiera (A Story of Love Like Any Other, 2003) and Courtney y yo (Courtney and I, 2004)” and “Playing for Real: Published Identities in Laura Freixas’ Amor o lo que sea (Love or Whatever It Is, 2005)”


Now Published:

Rademacher, Virginia. "Playing for Real: Simulated Games of Identity in Spain's Gen X Narrative." Generation X Goes Global: Mapping a Youth Culture in Motion. Ed. Christine Henseler. New York: Routledge, 2012. 193-211. Print.

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My work looks at shifting conceptions of biography in contemporary Spanish narrative. I explore how and why these authors use real and fictionalized biographies (and their strategies) to comment upon, interrogate, and reconsider the experience and generation of the real within the contemporary context. Looking specifically at works by Spanish writer, Lucía Etxebarria, I examine how she links the construction of biographical identity and the experience of contemporary reality as perpetually uncertain (and constantly adapting) multiplayer games. I see Etxebarria's pseudo-biographical narratives as simulated games through which she builds, models, and explores alternative approaches to navigate the shift and flux of contemporary reality.

Academic Division

Arts and Humanities


Spanish Literature

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