The Research Group CLEU (reference G000604) is especially committed to "American Studies." From the Department of English Philology at the Faculty of Philology of the University of A Coruña, CLEU seeks to encourage the research of "American (US) Studies" by means of the creation and the consolidation of research networks with other groups. CLEU not only carries out research in the field of cultural and literary studies, but it also tries to engage with other research areas, due to the interdisciplinary nature of its different objects of study (gender, ecology, ethnic diversity or multiculturalism).
On different occasions, CLEU has received official funds, reinforcing our research projects and activities.
Postmodern and Contemporary North American Literature
Ethics and North American Literature
African American Feminist theory and criticism
Literatures of the African American Diaspora
Asian American Literatures and Cultures of the Diasporas
Interethnic North American Studies
María Frías Rudolphi
Comparative studies dealing with the literature of African American and African Caribbean women writers from a multidisciplinary perspective, focusing on the postcolonial and ethnic minorities of the Diaspora.
José Liste Noya
Textual and comparative analysis of contemporary North American literature. Postestructuralism and ethics of fiction in North American culture (literature, theater, film studies).
Carolina Núñez Puente
North American women writers focusing on approaches dealing with gender, ethnicity, class and race, among others. The critical perspectives used are feminism, ethics and other theories such as dialogy (M. M. Bakhtin) and ecocriticism.
Begoña Simal González
Literary studies of the different minorities of the United States from a comparative perspective (interethnic literary studies), with a special emphasis on the Asian Diaspora and the relationship between gender and ethnicity. Ecocriticism based on the different literary traditions in English, focusing on the literature of the United States. Magic realism and autobiography in the literatures of the United States and the Diaspora.
Cristina Gómez Fernández
Deconstruction, postmodernism and the culture of peace. Literature and media representations of the Vietnam and Irak Wars. Trauma and narration. Otherness in postmodern North American fiction. US independent film and popular culture.
Francisco J. López Arias
Science Fiction, Alternate History and the representations of historiography in literature, films, TV shows and any other media.
Avelino Rego Freire
Culture and literature of African American and African Caribbean Diaspora. Ethnocriticism and ecocriticism in the cultural manifestations (literature, theater and film studies) of the United States and the Diaspora.
Nelson G. Rodríguez Avilez
Culture and literature of the minority communities of the United States. Ecofeminism, queer studies and the representation of power in the mainstream and underground cultural manifestations (literature, film studies and music) of the United States and the Diaspora.
In response to the urgent task of exploring the relationship between literature and globalization, the main aim of our research project is to apply a transnational approach both to American (US) literature and to the very field of American Studies. According to our initial working thesis, contemporary American literature both inscribes and questions the phenomenon of globalization.
Our research project includes four specific research objectives that complement each other. Our first research interest lies precisely in the theoretical premises underlying “Transnational American Studies”. Since the transnational paradigm emerging from the process of globalization questions the very existence of national entities, or at least of traditional nation states (and the United States does not escape this problematization), we will first have to contend with what we mean by American literature and culture. In addition, in the new globalized context, we may wonder what future, if any, awaits the “ethnic” literatures that had historically emphasized questions of specific cultural identity and may face the dissolution of what made them distinctive, given current ongoing historical and generational transformations. The erosion of the traditional, unidirectional model of emigration, transformed by the increasing mobility of individuals that has brought about new identities, necessarily leads us to a revision of the American ethnic paradigm, especially visible in recent narratives. On the other hand, American literature is not immune to the “discontents” created by the hegemonic brand of globalization, and in fact it either echoes or anticipates the main issues raised by critical or alter-globalist discourses. Therefore, our third research task will be to analyze contemporary American narrative under the new light shed by those discourses critical with the new global order. Even though globalization is most commonly perceived as a process through which the US is “coca-colonizing” the rest of the world, there are increasing signs that the influence is not univocal but mutual. This more or less asymmetrical reciprocity, which some theorists call transculturality, is both cause and consequence of cultural and literary production. A fourth task of our research project, therefore, will be to ascertain whether American literature fosters, reflects or problematizes such transculturality.
Given the sociological as well as discursive nature of the very concept of globalization, our research project will have a multidisciplinary scope. On the one hand, it will rely on solid theoretical foundations drawn from literary and cultural studies; on the other, it will be indebted to relevant research in the field of the Social Sciences, especially in the subfield known as Globalization Studies; and, last but not least, we will engage in a detailed analysis of a limited, representative corpus of texts, an analysis that will function as a litmus test, as it were, of our initial hypotheses.
Human Ecology: Literatures and Cultures of the United States from the Ethnocriticism and Ecocriticism
(Consellería de innovación e industria/Incite)
One of the main aims of our research group is the participation in I+D Projects financed by public official announcements. The combination of the different research themes of the members of the group led to a common proposal to study literature and film which promote an ecocritical view of contemporary culture and literature. Our research project, entitled Ecoloxía humana: as literaturas e culturas de Estados Unidos desde a etnocrítica e a ecocrítica (Human Ecology: Literatures and Cultures of the United States from the Ethnocriticism and Ecocriticism), was funded by the "Programa de promoción xeral de investigación do Incite 2007" ("Incite Program for the improvement of general research 2007"), for an initial period of three years.
Consellería de educación e ordenación universitaria
The resolution of the official funds announced by this Consellería de Educación y Organización Universitaria for the consolidation and the organization of Sistema Universitario de Galicia (Galician University System) competitive research unities was published in Diario Oficial de Galicia dated 31st August 2007. The Research Group CLEU obtained the funds for a period of two years, extendable for another, within the modalidade de grupos emerxentes promovidos por investigadores mozos (category of new groups promoted by young researchers). The account of the second annual fee was cofinanced by the FEDER funds of 2007-2013.
Thanks to this support we have been able to strengthen the group through the incorporation of research assistants and the organization of events. Our intention is to continue improving the group and fostering its international projection by increasing the number of publications and our participation in international projects and networks.
The Interuniversity Programme in Advanced English Studies: Linguistics, Literature and Culturerun by the Universities of Santiago de Compostela (USC), A Coruña (UDC) and Vigo (UVigo), in Galicia (Northwestern Spain), is an accredited programme which meets the high standards of excellence of the European System of Higher Education. It has been evaluated and approved by the Spanish Ministry of Education (ID MEC: 5600811; date: 22/07/2013), the regional Quality Accreditation Agency of Galicia (ACSUG), and the National Quality Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for Higher Education (ANECA) This new PhD programme builds on the strength of previous doctoral programmes which have received Official Recognition for Excellence from the Spanish Ministry of Education for the period 2011-2014, under grants MEE2011-0070 and MEE2011-0300 (BOE 20/10/2011). Only four other PhD programmes in the field of English Studies were awarded this distinction.