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German Labrador Mendez

Department/Program(s):
  • Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Position: Associate Professor
Title: Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures.
Area(s):
  • Modern and Contemporary Spain
Office: 347 East Pyne
Phone: 609-258-4513
Office Hours: Tue/Thu 3:00-4:30pm




Germán Labrador Méndez (Vigo, 1980) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University since 2008. His interests span various fields and encompass literary and cultural history, memory studies, poetry, social movements, and urban cultures. His primary area of research is Modern and Contemporary Spain. Before arriving at Princeton, he taught at the Universidad de Salamanca and later at the Universität Hamburg.

His first book, Letras arrebatadas, Poesía y química en la transición española [Raptured Letters: Chemical Poetry during the Spanish Transition to Democracy], studies how a forgotten group of Spanish underground poets used drugged literature in the symbolization of the historical experience of their generation, from the psychedelic utopias of 1968 to the deadly spread of heroine consumption in the 1980s. His second book, Culpables por la literatura. Imaginación política y contracultura en la transición española [Guilty of Literature. Political Imagination and Counter-Culture in the Spanish Transition to Democracy](1968-1984) (Siglo XXI, forthcoming), analyzes the attempts on the part of Spanish countercultures to exceed low intensity post-Francoist democracy through bio-literature and activism in the 1970s.

He is currently editing an anthology of works by anti-Francoist poets, Muerto el perro, se acabó la rabia. 25 poetas underground de la transición española (Acuarela & Antonio Machado Libros), and a critical edition of José Luis Hidalgo's book Los muertos (Devenir), a collection of poems denouncing the existence of Francoist mass graves published during the dictatorship. His investigations in progress include two book projects. The first is The Cultural Production of the Crisis in Today's Spain (2008-2013), devoted to understanding how popular culture can enter into political confrontation and exercise resistance when, as J. Butler writes, life becomes precarious, and the second is a study of the state's memorial politics during the Restoration and the birth of the Second Republic, in relation to social engineering but also to political disobedience. It is tentatively titled If Even Statues Do not Stand. Iconoclasm, Monumentalism, Education and Political Subjection in Pre-War Spain (1868-1936).

 
Education
  • Ph.D. Spanish Literature, Universidad de Salamanca (Spain). Co-advised: Université Paris IV-La Sorbonne (France).
  • M.A. Spanish and Latin American Literature, U. Salamanca & U. Paris IV-La Sorbonne.
  • B.A. Romance Philology and Hispanic Philology,  U. Salamanca.

Recent publications (selection): 

“El precio del espacio. Los desarrollos últimos del giro espacial en los estudios peninsulares y la producción del espacio en la España actual.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 66.2 (December 2013): 221-234.

“A democracia na praça. Dois anos de protestos na Espanha.” Revista Piauì 83 (August 2013): 44-51

and A. Monasterio Baldor. “The Magic Mountains: Narratives of Historical Memory, Folk Literature and Communities of Memory in the Popular Imagination of the Maquis.Armed resistance. Ed. Gómez López-Quiñones and Moreno-Nuño, HIOL (Fall 2012): 196-216.

“Las vidas subprime. La circulación de historias de vida como tecnología de imaginación política en la crisis española (2007-2012).” La imaginación sostenible. Ed. Moreno Caballud. Hispanic Review 80.4 (Autumn 2012): 557-581. [Formal link] [Preprint]

“El gobierno de las cosas del tiempo. La lectura poética del siglo xx español de Manuel Álvarez Ortega y el metarrelato estético-moral de la tradición lírica en España después de 1939.” La manzana poética 32 (November 2012): 40-102.

“Todo lo que era aire se disuelve en lo sólido. Eurocopa 2012, quijotismos y crisis española.” Viento Sur 124 (September 2012): 83-92.

“El loro del chocolate. Medicina índica, divulgación científica en la Ilustración y opinión pública” Edición y estudio de la “Receta instructiva y universalmente benéfica del chocolate Zamorense (1798). Ed. A. Dacosta. Zamora: CSIC, Florián del Campo, 2013: 57-112.

“Nocilla tiene nombre de hambre. El rock-memoria de Siniestro total, la crema de cacao y sus fantasmas biopolíticos en la Movida española.” Crítica Latinoamericana 1 (2012).

“Hartos de mirar sin ver. Éticas de la mirada, políticas del lenguaje y poesía española contemporánea.” Estudios Humanísticos 33 (2011): 113-142.

“Sus vidas sin nosotros.” Rebelión 9 jul. 2011

 “Unearthing Franco's Legacy: Mass Graves and the Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain.” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 14 (2010): 379-383.

Lo llamaban transición. Special Issue, Mombassa. Revista de Arte y Humanidades 8 (fall 2010). 

“Las Luces Figuradas. Imágenes de dispositivos tecno-científicos y secularización en la España del siglo xviii: retratos, linternas mágicas y globos.” Cuadernos Dieciochistas 9 (2009): 49-78.