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Department of Modern Languages

Dr. Rebecca Bender

Associate Professor

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Research Interests 

19th–21st century Spanish literature, Golden Age Theater and prose, issues of gender, sexuality, and corporeality, often approaching these themes through feminist and/or queer theories. 

  • Article: “Fashion, Ekphrasis, and the Avant-Garde Novel: Carmen de Burgos’s La mujer fantástica (1924).” Ciberletras, vol. 39 (Dec. 2017), n.p. http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/ciberletras/v39/bender.htm 

  • Book Chapter: “Modernity and Madrid: The Gendered Urban Geography of Carmen de Burgos’s La rampa (1917)”. In Routledge History Handbook of Gender and the Urban Experience. Ed. Deborah Simonton. Routledge, 2017. 

  • Book Chapter: “The Body of Venus: From Eroticism to Maternality in José Díaz Fernández’s La Venus mecánica (1929). In Modernism and the Avant-garde Body in Spain and Italy. Ed. Nicolás Fernández-Medina and Maria Truglio. Routledge, 2017. 

  • Article: “Theorizing a Hybrid Feminism: Motherhood in Margarita Nelken’s En torno a nosotras (1927).” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 93.2 (2016): pp. 131-48. 

  • Article: “From New York to Cuba: Distinct Representations of Convergent Ideologies in Federico García Lorca’s Poeta en Nueva York and Nicolás Guillén’s Motivos de son.” Latin American Literary Review 83.1 (2014): pp. 7-30. 

  • Article: “Maternity Ward Horrors: Urban Motherhood in Carmen de Burgos’s La rampa (1917).” Cincinnati Romance Review 34 (201): pp. 79-96. <www.cromrev.com/volumes/vol34/006-vol34-bender.pdf>. 

Presentations, Lectures, Conferences, and other contributions
  • Rebecca Bender presented a conference paper: ““La modao el arte de la indumentaria”: Fashion and Ekphrasis in Carmen de Burgos’s La mujer fantástica (1925).” Representations of Fashion and Clothing in Hispanic Literatures / Representaciones de la moda y el vestido en las literaturas hispánicas. Sponsored by Lehman College (CUNY) and the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY). Lehman College, Bronx, NY. April 7-8, 2017. 
  • Rebecca Bender presented two conference papers and was invited for a lecture. Conference paper: “Mother or Monster? Exploring Female Subjectivity through Science, Medicine, and Literature in early 20th Century Spain.” The Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literatures (MACHL). The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Nov. 3-5. Conference paper: “‘Las madres son más que los dioses’: The Art of Maternity in Federica Montseny’s La indomable (1927)”. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC). University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. April 14-16. Invited Lecture: “Las 13 Rosas: The Glorification of Traditional Motherhood in Contemporary Spanish Cinema.” Sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Literatures and the Club de Cine Iberoamericano. California State University, San Bernardino. San Bernardino, CA. March 10, 2016. 
  • Rebecca Bender attended The 4th Annual Gender and Sexuality in Kansas Conference at Wichita State University with undergraduate Spanish major Amy Hein. Amy worked with Professor Bender to translate and revise her Spanish American Literature seminar paper and expand the cultural analysis. Bender and Hein co-presented the revised and extended paper, entitled “Soulless Angels: The Dehumanization of the Traditional Housewife in ‘La muñeca menor’ and The Stepford Wives,” in Wichita on March 3, 2017. 
  • Rebecca Bender worked with Spanish Club to organize the Celebración Cervantina / Cervantes Celebration: Reading Don Quixote in recognition of the 400 years since the death of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, author of the renowned novel Don Quixote de la Mancha. The event included and interactive workshop and guest lecture by Dr. Mirzam Pérez. Over 100 students and faculty from across campus attended this interdisciplinary event in Hale Library’s Hemisphere Room. Professor Bender worked with students in Spanish Club to secure a Student Governing Association Grant of $575. The event was sponsored by SGA, The Department of Modern Languages, and K-State Libraries.