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Virginia Rademacher

Associate Professor

Director, Languages and Global Cultures
Academic Division: Arts & Humanities
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Bio

Virginia (Jenny) Rademacher is Associate Professor of Hispanic Literature and Culture, and Director of Languages & Global Cultures at Babson College. She earned a B.A from Harvard University, and an M.A. in International Affairs and Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She received a PhD in Hispanic Literature from the University of Virginia. At the University of Virginia, she was the recipient of a grant from Spain’s Ministry of Culture towards her current book project. This study relates approaches to uncertainty and risk in the fields of business and finance with literary strategies as seen through recent trends in Spanish narrative. Professor Rademacher’s research interests center on contemporary Spanish literature, shifting conceptions and representations of identity, biography and autobiography, and emerging trends in Hispanic literature in response to new media and technological change. She has published articles and reviews in various journals and texts, including the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Ciberletras, Hispanic Issues Series, and Monographic Review/Revista Monográfica, among others. Her chapter in Hispanic Issues (2012) centers on the function of social media, digital games and new narrative formats among Spanish writers. She also contributed a chapter on Generation X in Spain for an edited volume on Gen X fiction globally: Generation X Goes Global: Mapping a Youth Culture in Motion (Routledge, 2012). A recent article for Monographic Review/Revista Monográfica addressed representations of genre, gender, and popular culture in Alicia Giménez-Bartlett’s Petra Delicado detective series. Along with courses in Spanish language and culture, she teaches a variety of interdisciplinary courses in English regarding the history, politics, and literature of Spain, Latin America, and the Latino experience within the U.S. Prior to coming to Babson, she taught at the University of Virginia, Randolph College, and Georgetown University.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, University of Virginia
  • MA, University of Virginia
  • MA, Johns Hopkins University
  • BA, Harvard University

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 - BYU Business Language Case Competition - 1st Place Student Team , Brigham Young University
  • 2015 - Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching , Babson College, U.G. Dean

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017
  • LVA 2072: DETECTIVE FICTION NOIR SOC CRITICISM
Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • LVA 2072: DETECTIVE FICTION NOIR SOC CRITICISM
  • HUM 4615: THE CITY AS TEXT: BARCELONA AND MADRID

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Rademacher, V.N. (2012). Sex and the City: Detective Petra Delicado and Questions I Couldn’t Help But Wonder. Monographic Review/Revista Monográfica, 28, 175-191. link
  • Rademacher, V.N. (2012). The Art of Seduction: Truth or Fanfiction in the World of Lucia Etxebarria’s Online ‘Friends’ and the Blogosphere. Hispanic Issues, Hybrid Storyspaces: Redefining the Critical Enterprise in Twenty-First Century Hispanic Literature, 9(Spring), 97-122.
  • Rademacher, V.N. (2012). The Art of Seduction: Truth or Fanfiction in the World of Lucia Etxebarria’s Online “Friends” and the Blogosphere. Hispanic Issues, 9, 97-122. link
  • Rademacher, V.N. (2009). Queer Transitions in Contemporary Spanish Culture: From Franco to La Movida. Journal of Contemporary Spanish Cultural Studies, 10(3)
  • Rademacher, V.N. (2007). Postmodern Quest and the Role of Distance in Antonio Muñoz Molina’s El invierno en Lisboa. Ciberletras:Revista de Crítica Literaria y de Cultura

Conference Proceedings

  • Rademacher, V.N. (2013). Lost in the Supermarket: Biographical Uncertainty and Real Speculation in Contemporary Spanish Narrative. Revista de ALCES XXI, Omaha, Nebraska , USA

Others

  • Rademacher, V.N. (in press). Why the Postman Should Always Ring Twice - Even at a Business School: American Comparative Literature Association
  • Rademacher, V.N. (in press). Lost in the Supermarket: Biographical Uncertainty in Contemporary Spanish Narrative : Palgrave
  • Rademacher, V.N. (2010). Transatlatic Crossings: Post-Dictatorship Transitions and Cultural Transformations in Spain, Argentina, Chile: University of Arizona

Presentations

  • From Economic Crisis to Entrepreneurship: Self-Employment Among Spain's Young Women
    Rademacher, V., Allard, G. From Economic Crisis to Entrepreneurship: Self-Employment Among Spain's Young Women Diana International Research Conference , Bodo, Norway (2016)
  • Broken Embraces and Almodovar's Melodramatic Masculinities
    Rademacher, V. Broken Embraces and Almodovar's Melodramatic Masculinities Screen Studies Conference , Glasgow, Scotland (2016)
  • Why the Postman Should Always Ring Twice - Even at a Business School
    Rademacher, V. Why the Postman Should Always Ring Twice - Even at a Business School American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference , Harvard University, Cambridge MA (2016)
  • Contemporary Feminisms and the New Chic(a): Have We Really Come a Long Way Baby?
    Rademacher, V. Contemporary Feminisms and the New Chic(a): Have We Really Come a Long Way Baby? Association of 21st Century Spanish Cinema and Literature (ALCES XXI), Soria, Spain (2015)

  • Rademacher, V. Are We Game? Video Games Beyond Entertainment, Needham, MA (2014)
  • Sex and the City: Detective Petra Delicado and Questions I Couldn't Help But Wonder
    Rademacher, V. Sex and the City: Detective Petra Delicado and Questions I Couldn't Help But Wonder 111th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, San Diego, CA (2013)
  • Sex and the City: Detective Petra Delicado and Questions I Couldn't Help But Wonder
    Rademacher, V. Sex and the City: Detective Petra Delicado and Questions I Couldn't Help But Wonder Babson Faculty Research Fund (BFRF) Research Chat, Wellesley, MA (2013)
  • Panel on Hispanic crime fiction with writer Alicia Giménez-Bartlett
    Rademacher, V. Panel on Hispanic crime fiction with writer Alicia Giménez-Bartlett International Conference on Hispanic Crime Fiction (CILDE), Lubbock, TX (2013)
  • Lost in the Supermarket: Biographical Uncertainty and Real Speculation in Contemporary Spanish Narrative
    Rademacher, V. Lost in the Supermarket: Biographical Uncertainty and Real Speculation in Contemporary Spanish Narrative Association of Contemporary Spanish Literature of the 21st Century, Madrid, Spain (2013)
  • The Chick Factor: Why Spain's Gen X isn't all XY
    Rademacher, V. The Chick Factor: Why Spain's Gen X isn't all XY Popular Culture Association of Canada 2012 Conference, Niagara Falls, Canada (2012)
  • The Chick Factor: Why Spain’s Gen X Isn’t All XY
    Rademacher, V. The Chick Factor: Why Spain’s Gen X Isn’t All XY Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Forum, Wellesley, MA (2012)
  • Playing for Real: Simulated Games of Identity in Contemporary Spanish Narrative
    Rademacher, V. Playing for Real: Simulated Games of Identity in Contemporary Spanish Narrative BFRF Research Chat, Babson College (2011)
  • The Art of Seduction: Truth or Fanfiction in the World of Online "Friends" and the Blogosphere
    Rademacher, V. The Art of Seduction: Truth or Fanfiction in the World of Online "Friends" and the Blogosphere Hybrid Storyspaces Conference: Redefining the Critical Enterprise in 21st Century Hispanic Literature, Cornell University (2010)
  • Transatlantic Crossings: Post-Dictatorship Transitions and Cultural Transformations in Spain, Argentina, Chile
    Rademacher, V. Transatlantic Crossings: Post-Dictatorship Transitions and Cultural Transformations in Spain, Argentina, Chile International Conference on Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence, University of Arizona (2010)
  • Nirvana-lite: Simulated Games of Identity in Lucia Etxebarria's Courtney and I and A Story Like Any Other
    Rademacher, V. Nirvana-lite: Simulated Games of Identity in Lucia Etxebarria's Courtney and I and A Story Like Any Other 2009 Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston (2009)
  • Chicks As ‘Dicks’ (Detectives) in Two Works by Luisa Valenzuela: Novela negra con argentinos and “La palabra asesino
    Rademacher, V. Chicks As ‘Dicks’ (Detectives) in Two Works by Luisa Valenzuela: Novela negra con argentinos and “La palabra asesino Kentucky Foreign Language Conference(2005)
  • Shifting conceptions of Biography in Contemporary Spanish Narrative
    Rademacher, V. Shifting conceptions of Biography in Contemporary Spanish Narrative (2004)
  • Postmodern Quest and the Role of Distance in Antonio Muñoz Molina’s El invierno en Lisboa
    Rademacher, V. Postmodern Quest and the Role of Distance in Antonio Muñoz Molina’s El invierno en Lisboa Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky (2004)