Alexandra Saum-Pascual is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches Post Civil-War and Contemporary Spanish Literature and Culture (20th and 21st Centuries). She is also part of the Executive Committee of the Berkeley Center for New Media. She received her Ph.D in Spanish at the University of California, Riverside and completed a Masters of Spanish and Foreign Language Pedagogy at the University of Delaware.
Professor Saum-Pascual teaches a broad range of courses on Spanish culture and literature, combining the study of literary texts with other cultural products of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has taught courses exploring the role of media on the construction of the Spanish imaginary, the impact of television shows and their adaptation of social realists works, and the role of theater, popular music, or the Web and social media as means of social protest. Her research expands on the relationship between literature and digital technologies, questioning what this means for contemporary literary experimentalism. By applying a methodological scope coming from the fields of New Media and Electronic Literature, she offers a unique contribution to the field of Digital Humanities in Spanish, and to Spanish literary and cultural studies overall.
Professor Saum-Pascual’s work has been published in the United States, Mexico and Spain in The Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Letras Hispanas, and Caracteres: Estudios culturales y críticos de la esfera digital, among others. She is currently completing her first monograph on the influence of electronic writing technologies on both printed and born-digital books.
As an artist, her digital works of poetry have been exhibited in galleries and festivals in the United States and abroad, such as her two social media #SELFIEPOETRY projects: “Fake Art Histories and the Inscription of the Digital Self” and “Women & Capitalism“; and her Twitter Bot @deshumani–Dehumanizing Ortega and Gasset, one tweet at a time. She is also interested in curating, and together with Élika Ortega created No Legacy || Literatura Electrónica.
Follow Alex on Twitter! @alexsaum
“My 5 Internet Obsessions: Canek Zapata” (3/2016)
“Meet Alex Saum-Pascual” (11/2015)
“Alex Saum-Pascual Awarded a Hellman” (6/2015)