Dr Raquel Medina

Raquel Medina

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After working as Assistant Professor (1994-2000) and then Associate Professor of Spanish (2000-2006) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, I joined Aston University as Head of Spanish in 2006. I am the author of Cinematic Representations of Alzheimer's Disease (2018, Palgrave Macmilillan),  Surrealismo en la poesía española de posguerra (Visor, 1997) and co-editor of Sexualidad y escritura (Anthropos, 2002).  I have published on contemporary Spanish poetry, women writers and cultural studies. My current research focuses on the representation of Alzheimer’s disease in Spanish film, fiction and non-fiction narrative, and poetry, and emphasizes how cultural texts have the power of creating, sustaining, and changing meanings of AD. I am the Director of the International Research Network CinemAGEnder, and co-director of Dementia and Culture Network.

Research interests

  • Contemporary Spanish Poetry
  • Spanish Cultural Studies
  • Spanish Women Writers
  • Spanish Film and Film Studies
  • Literary theory
  • Dementia Studies

Teaching Activity

  • Spanish Language Skills II
  • Cultural Studies (Spain and Latin America)
  • Introduction to Film (Spanish seminars)
  • Crossing Boundaries: Migrant and Transnational Cinema (Spanish seminars)
  • Final Year Spanish Research Dissertation Supervision
  • Culture and Conflict (Spain and latin America)


  • PhD in Spanish-University of Southern California (USA)
  • MA in Spanish- University of Southern California (USA)
  • BA in Spanish Philology-Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2011)

Membership of Professional Bodies

Association of Hispanits of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI)

Feministas Unidas

European Network of Ageing Studies (ENAS)

Escritoras y escrituras 

Modern Languages Association (MLA)

Research Projects/Collaborations

Director of CINEMAGENDER International Research Network

Co-director Dementia and Culture Network

Escritoras y Escrituras (Universidad de Sevilla)


Gynocine: HISTORY OF SPANISH WOMEN'S CINEMA (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

  1. Cinematic Representations of Alzheimer’s Disease

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  2. Vejez, envejecimiento y edadismo.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  3. Ser mujer y envejecer en el teatro: El monólogo como espacio dramático autoficcional.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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  1. E. Ann Kaplan

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  2. E. Ann Kaplan

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  3. VII Congreso Internacional de GECA

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