British Intellectuals and Blairism: Counter-Hegemonic Voices during Tony Blair’s Premiership
This research represents a careful analysis on the oppositional cultural production of British intellectuals against the governments of Tony Blair. My dissertation explores how the writers and thinkers of the time, who openly reacted against the government of Margaret Thatcher and her controversial cuts in public services, such as education and culture, suddenly experienced disenchantment with the politics of the newly-elected Labour leader. The messianic politician, popularly acclaimed by the masses in 1997, soon became the target of left-wing intellectuals who criticised a deconstruction of the socialist values and the old principles of the Labour Party. The analysis of these socio-cultural changes takes place through the study of a corpus of literary texts and essays written by the most significant intellectuals of the time, in which they publicly denounced their government.
University of Santiago de Compostela (2015)
Female Voices from the Black Diaspora in Spain: Cultural Identity, Feminism and Integration in Afrospanish Women's Writings
[Voces femeninas de la diáspora negra en España: identidad cultural, feminismo e integración en la literatura de escritoras afroespañolas]
This study looks into the literature of Afrospanish female voices of the black diaspora in Spain today who published during the first quarter of the twenty-first century. This analysis takes place through the study of works by three Afrospanish writers of Ecuatoguinean decent: Deborah Ekoka’s collection of testimonial essays Metamba Miago (2019), Silvia Albert Sopale’s play No es país para negras (2018), and Lucía Mbomío’s novel Hija del camino (2019). These novel writers, who currently lead the female intellectual voices fighting for Afrospanish women’s social visibility, denounce extant racism against the racialized other in Spain today. From their condition of black women and through their literature, they actively participate in processes of female liberation, consciousness and empowerment. Special attention is drawn to discourses of cultural hybridity, black feminism and the function of the black intellectual in diaspora.
University of Barcelona (2020)
During my Ph.D., I interviewed several fiction writers and scholars on the topic of Blairism and the state of contemporary intellectuals. With new forthcoming interviews to other writers and experts, I intend to publish a collection of these in the near future.
Interview with Jonathan Coe. "Deconstructing the Political Zeitgeist" Gijón (Spain), March 2010.
Interview with Toby Litt. "Coming to Terms with 21st Century Britain: An Interview with Toby Litt" Almería (Spain), November 2010.
Interview with Luke Martell. "Blair's Legacy" Brighton (UK), October 2011.
Interview with Blake Morrison. "British Intellectuals and Blairism" London (UK), November 2011.
Interview with Stefan Collini. "Contemporary Intellectuals in Britain." Cambridge (UK), December 2011.
Navarro, Betsabé. “Enseñando Cultura a través del Teatro: Federico García Lorca, Bodas de Sangre.” Contextos. Estudios de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales: Approaches to Teaching the Humanities and Cultural Studies Through Latin American and Spanish Theater, June, 2019. DOI: http://revistas.umce.cl/index.php/contextos/issue/view/188. Printed version: forthcoming.
Navarro, Betsabé. “Creative Industries and Britpop: The Marketisation of Culture, Politics and National Identity.” Consumption Markets & Culture (Routledge, Taylor & Francis), vol. 19, no. 2, 2016, pp. 228-243. DOI: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/ImGnmIkeymHQTV4ZK6eV/full.
Navarro Romero, Betsabé. “Descriptive Analysis of Vaughan Systems: Assets and Pitfalls of an Audiolingual Method.” Porta Linguarum, vol. 19, 2013, pp.113-128.
Navarro Romero, Betsabé: “Playing with Collective Memories: Julian Barnes’s England, England and New Labour’s Rebranding of Britain.” REVISTA ES, vol. 32, 2011, pp. 241-261.
Navarro Romero, Betsabé: “Coming to Terms with 21st Century Britain: An Interview with Toby Litt”. JES Journal of English Studies, vol. 9, 2011, pp. 277-286.
Navarro Romero, Betsabé: “Adquisición de la Primera y Segunda Lengua en Aprendientes en Edad Infantil y Adulta”. PHILOLOGICA URCITANA. Revista Semestral de Iniciación a la Investigación, vol. 2, 2010, pp. 115-128. DOI: http://www.ual.es/revistas/PhilUr/index.html.
Navarro Romero, Betsabé: “Effective Teacher Talk: Discourse Analysis in the Field of Second Language Acquisition”. GRETA Journal, vol. 17, 2009, pp. 18-24. DOI: http://gretajournal.com/wordpress/wp- content/uploads/2009_6_comp.pdf.
Navarro, Betsabé. Bird of Paradise: Historical Context. The Plays of Margaret Drabble: A Critical Edition, by Margaret Drabble. Edited by Jose Francisco Fernandez, Syracuse, 2018, pp. 100-115*
*Acknowledged British author Margaret Drabble entrusted the manuscripts of the two plays that are here published to the editor of this volume. The plays — Laura (1964) and Bird of Paradise (1969)— written back in the 1960s, are being published in this edition for the first time. A scholarly collection of essays is included in the volume analyzing the literary and historical context of the plays.
Navarro, Betsabé. “BOOK REVIEW: Laberintos del Género: Muerte, Sacrificio y Dolor en la Literatura Femenina Española. Josefa Álvarez (ed.).” Letras Femeninas: A Journal of Women and Gender Studies in Hispanic Literature and Culture, vol. 43, no. 2, 2018, pp. 198-199.
Navarro Romero, Betsabé. “BOOK REVIEW: Roy Campbell. Poemas Escogidos. Estudio Preliminar, Traducción y Notas de Jesús Isaías Gomez Lopez.” Revista ES, vol. 34, 2013, pp. 257-260.
Navarro Romero, Betsabé: “The 34th AEDEAN International Conference.” THE EUROPEAN ENGLISH MESSENGER, vol. 20, no. 2, 2011, pp. 71-73.
Navarro Romero, Betsabé. “Life in the UK: A User’s Manual?” Identity and Identification: Proceedings of the 14th International ‘Culture and Power’ Conference, edited by Angel Mateo-Aparicio & Eduardo de Gregorio-Godeo, Ediciones de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, 2017, pp. 135- 143.
Navarro Romero, Betsabé: “Will Self’s essayistic Prose: A view of Great Britain from the margins?.” Current Trends In Anglophone Studies: Cultural, Linguistic and Literary Research, edited by Javier Ruano García et al., Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, 2011, pp. 12-20.
Navarro Romero, Betsabé. “British Identity and Political Discourse: New Labour, New Britain?” A View from the South: Contemporary English and American Studies, edited by José R. Ibáñez Ibáñez y José Francisco Fernández Sánchez, Editorial Universidad de Almería, 2011, pp. 158-164.
Navarro, Betsabé: “Pedagogía Teatral en el Aula ELE: El Drama como Apuesta Creativa” [Drama-Based Pedagogy in the Spanish as a Foreign Language Classroom: Theatre as a Creative Technique]. ELEInternacional, October 2017, https://www.eleinternacional.com/pedagogia-teatral-en-el-aula- ele-el-drama-como-apuesta-creativa/.
Navarro, Betsabé: “Pedagogía Teatral en el Aula ELE (II): Propuesta de Taller de Teatro” [Proposal of a Theatre Workshop]. ELEInternacional, November 2017, https://www.eleinternacional.com/pedagogia-teatral-en-el-aula-ele-ii-propuesta-de-taller-de-teatro/.