Tabea Alexa Linhard

Professor of Spanish, Comparative Literature (by courtesy), and International and Area Studies (by courtesy)
PhD, Duke University

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  • ​Monday & Wednesday 12:00 - 1:00 PM

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  • CB 1077
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899
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​Professor Linhard’s main research interests cover Spanish and Mexican literature and cultural studies, Mediterranean studies, Jewish diaspora, and migration, and Spatial Humanities.

Tabea Alexa Linhard received her PhD in Romance Studies from Duke University in 2001.

Professor Linhard’s main research interests cover Spanish and Mexican literature and cultural studies, Mediterranean studies, Jewish diaspora, and migration, and Spatial Humanities. She is the author of Jewish Spain: A Mediterranean Memory (Stanford UP, 2014) and Fearless Women in the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War (U of Missouri P, 2005), and the co-editor of Revisiting Jewish Spain in the Modern Era (Routledge, 2013). Her current projects include Unexpected Routes: Exile, Migration, and Memory, a book-length study of the different forms of displacement that shaped cultural production emerging from the Spanish Civil War and World War II in relation to the paths to safety that spread across the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. This project looks at a number of European writers whose itineraries involved Spain, Mexico, and North Africa, and that up until this point have not been discussed in relation to one another. She received an ACLS Fellowship in order to complete this project


Recent Courses

Refugees: Displacement and Asylum in World Literature

By 2017 at least 65.6 million people (or 1 in 113 individuals) have been forcibly displaced within their own countries or across borders. In this course we will study literary texts and other forms of cultural production that will provide a window into the complexity of refugee lives from World War II to the present. In addition to contextualizing the historical and legal significance of such terms as 'refugee," "asylum," or "forced displacement," our discussions of novels, short stories, memoirs, plays, and films will also allow us to engage with the broader meanings of concepts that include hospitality, identity, belonging, and citizenship. Readings may include works by Hannah Arendt, Reinaldo Arenas, Bertold Brecht, Edwidge Danticat, Aleksander Hemon, Valeria Luiselli, Dinaw Mengestu, Viet Than Nguyen, Anna Seghers, and Warshan Shire. We will also discuss the films Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1943), Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006), Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, 2012), and Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi, 2014), and, finally, examine media depictions of refugees and multi-media platforms, such as Refugee Republic. Course conducted entirely in English.

    Literary and Cultural Studies in Spanish

    This course is an introduction to cultural and literary analysis within Iberian and/or Latin American cultures. The course will be covering a wide variety of materials that span different countries, historical periods, and various cultural and literary forms. The main objective of the course is to introduce students to key historical, geographical and political aspects of these cultures, while at the same time applying different approaches of cultural analysis. The course is structured upon key central concepts as they are particularly related to the cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, such as Nation, Colonialism / Postcolonialism; Modernity and Postmodernity; Popular & Visual Media; Gender, Race, Migration and Social Class. The course combines the reading of literary texts, films and other cultural forms, with the examination of introductory critical works related to the key concepts that will be explored throughout the semester. Prereq: Spanish 308E or concurrent enrollment in 308E. Taught in Spanish.

      Topics in Hispanic Cultures: CULTURES OF MIGRATION

      In this course we will explore different forms of cultural production (literature, visual culture, mass media, popular music, testimonial narratives, oral histories) that depict the way in which migration shapes and transforms cultural practices in the Spanish-speaking world. We will also discuss a series of theoretical readings that discuss immigration in Europe, Latin America, and the US, and explore questions pertaining to border-crossing, displacement, and exile in different historical periods and in diverse geographical contexts. The course will simultaneously provide analytical and methodological tools in order to analyze cultural production.

        The Holocaust in the Sephardic World

        The course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the Holocaust, of its impact on the Sephardic world, of present-day debates on the "globalization" of the Holocaust, and of the ways in which these debates influence contemporary conflicts between Jews, Muslims and Christians in Southern Europe and North Africa. We will turn to the history of these conflicts, and study the Sephardic diaspora by focusing on the consequences that the 1492 expulsion had within the Iberian Peninsula, in Europe, and in the Mediterranean world. We will study Sephardic communities in Europe and North Africa and their interactions with Christians and Muslims before World War II. Once we have examined the history of the Holocaust and its impact on the Sephardic world in a more general sense, our readings will focus on the different effects of the Holocaust's "long reach" into Southeastern Europe, the Balkans, and North Africa, paying close attention to interactions among Jews, local communities, and the Nazi invaders. Finally, we will address the memory of the Sephardic experience of the Holocaust, and the role of Holocaust commemoration in different parts of the world. We will approach these topics through historiographies, memoirs, novels, maps, poetry, and film.

          Revisiting Jewish Spain in the Modern Era

          Revisiting Jewish Spain in the Modern Era

          This innovative volume offers fresh perspectives and directions on the intersection of Hispanic and Jewish studies. It shows how 'Jewishness' has played a crucial role in Spanish political, social, and cultural developments in the modern era, exploring the effects of the multiple material and symbolic absences of Jews and Judaism from modern Spanish society. The book considers the haunting presence that this absence has entailed. Contributors analyze the different and contradictory ways in which Spain as a nation has tried to come to terms with its Jewish memory and with Jews from the nineteenth century to the present: José Amador de los Ríos’ efforts to incorporate 'Jewishness' into the canon of Spanish national literature and history; the emergence in the mid-nineteenth century of the figure of the Jewish conspirator who seeks to foment revolutionary unrest in novels from Spain, Italy and France; the development of philosephardism and its interconnections with anti-Semitism, Spanish fascism and colonial ambitions at the turn of the twentieth century; the instrumentalization of the Spanish Jewish past during the Second Republic; the role of philosemitism in the development of Catalan nationalism; and the relationship between the memory of Sepharad and Holocaust commemoration in contemporary Spain.

          Jewish Spain: A Mediterranean Memory

          Jewish Spain: A Mediterranean Memory

          What is meant by "Jewish Spain"? The term itself encompasses a series of historical contradictions. No single part of Spain has ever been entirely Jewish. Yet discourses about Jews informed debates on Spanish identity formation long after their 1492 expulsion. The Mediterranean world witnessed a renewed interest in Spanish-speaking Jews in the twentieth century, and it has grappled with shifting attitudes on what it meant to be Jewish and Spanish throughout the century.

          At the heart of this book are explorations of the contradictions that appear in different forms of cultural memory: literary texts, memoirs, oral histories, biographies, films, and heritage tourism packages. Tabea Alexa Linhard identifies depictions of the difficulties Jews faced in Spain and Northern Morocco in years past as integral to the survival strategies of Spanish Jews, who used them to make sense of the confusing and harrowing circumstances of the Spanish Civil War, the Francoist repression, and World War Two.

          Jewish Spain takes its place among other works on Muslims, Christians, and Jews by providing a comprehensive analysis of Jewish culture and presence in twentieth-century Spain, reminding us that it is impossible to understand and articulate what Spain was, is, and will be without taking into account both "Muslim Spain" and "Jewish Spain."

          Fearless Women in the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War

          Fearless Women in the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War

          In this first book-length study of the role women played in two of the most momentous revolutions of the twentieth century, Tabea Alexa Linhard provides a comparative analysis of works on the Mexican Revolution (circa 1910–1919) and the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939). Linhard was inspired by the story of the “Trece Rosas,” about thirteen young women who, after the Spanish Civil War ended with the Nationalists’ victory, were executed. One of the women, Julia Conesa, was particularly influential. In a letter she wrote to her mother a few hours before she faced the firing squad, she said, “Do not allow my name to vanish in history.” Fearless Women in the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War is Linhard’s attempt to respond to Julia’s last request.

          Although female figures such as the soldaderas of the Mexican Revolution and the milicianas of the Spanish Civil War are abundant in writings about revolution and war, they are often treated as icons, myths, and symbols, displacing the women’s particular and diverse experiences. Linhard maintains a focus on these women’s stories, which until now—when presented at all—have usually been downplayed in literary canons, official histories, and popular memories. She addresses several existing gaps in studies of the intersections of gender, revolution, and culture in both the Mexican and the Spanish contexts.

          The book is grounded in transatlantic studies, an emerging field that bridges disciplinary boundaries between Peninsular studies and Latin American studies. In this case, the connection between the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War is a natural consequence of the disjointed conditions out of which arose the cultural texts in which fearless women appear.

          Fearless Women in the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War will be especially valuable to scholars of early twentieth-century Peninsular and Mexican literature and culture. It will also be a useful resource in gender studies and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of revolution, war, and culture.