Virginia Rademacher

  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Languages and Global Cultures
  • Director, Languages and Global Cultures
Academic Division: Arts & Humanities
781-239-4506

Bio

Virginia (Jenny) Rademacher is Associate Professor of Hispanic Literature and Culture, and Director of Languages & Global Cultures at Babson College. She received her PhD in Hispanic Literature from the University of Virginia, M.A. in International Affairs & Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and A.B. from Harvard University.

She has published widely on genre, identity, and new narrative formats, including the contemporary surge in biographical fiction. Among others, her publications have appeared in in a/b:Auto/Biography Studies, American Book Review, Persona Studies, Economistas, Hispanic Issues, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Ciberletras, and Monographic Review. Her current book project relates approaches to uncertainty and risk in the fields of business and finance with literary strategies as seen through recent trends in Spanish narrative.

She teaches a variety of interdisciplinary and globally focused courses that often draw from her expertise in Hispanic literature, film, and cultural studies. Prior to coming to Babson, she taught at the University of Virginia, Randolph College, and Georgetown University. She received the Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015.

Academic Degrees

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

Academic Interests

Hispanic literature and cultural studies, global film, hardboiled detective fiction and film noir, and new narrative formats such as the contemporary surge in auto/biographical fiction

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
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Courses

  • Degree Courses 2018

    • LVA 2072 DETECTIVE FICTION NOIR SOC CRITICISM
    • HUM 4615 THE CITY AS TEXT: BARCELONA AND MADRID
    • HUM 4611 LATIN AMERICAN FICTION AND FILM
  • Degree Courses 2017

    • CVA 2058 AFTER THE DICTATOR
    • SPN 4645 SPANISH FOR THE GLOBAL MARKETS
    • HUM 4615 THE CITY AS TEXT: BARCELONA AND MADRID

Publications

Journal Article

  • Rademacher, V.N. (2018). Truth and Circumstantiality in Javier Cercas' Biofictions. Vol: 38, Issue: 6. American Book Review . link
  • Rademacher, V.N. (2016). Trump and the Resurgence of American Noir. Persona Studies. Vol: 2, Issue: 2, Page: 90-103. Deakin University School of Communication and Creative Arts. link
  • Rademacher, V.N., Allard, G., Farber, V. (2016). From Economic Crisis to Entrepreneurship: Self-Employment Among Young Women in Spain and Europe (De la crisis economica a la iniciativa emprendedora: El autoempleo entre las mujeres jovenes de Espana. Vol: 149, Issue: October 2016, Page: 152-167. Society of Economists . link
  • Rademacher, V.N. (2012). Sex and the City: Detective Petra Delicado and Questions I Couldnt Help But Wonder. Monographic Review/Revista Monogrfica. Vol: 28, Page: 175-191. Texas Tech University, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures. 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 On Line. Vol: 9, Issue: Spring, Page: 97-122. University of Minnesota Department of Spanish and Portugese Studies. link
  • Rademacher, V.N. (2012). The Art of Seduction: Truth or Fanfiction in the World of Lucia Etxebarrias Online Friends and the Blogosphere. Hispanic Issues. Vol: 9, Page: 97-122. University of Minnesota Department of Spanish and Portugese Studies. link
  • Rademacher, V.N. (2009). Queer Transitions in Contemporary Spanish Culture: From Franco to La Movida. Journal of Contemporary Spanish Cultural Studies. Vol: 10, Issue: 3. Albany: State University of NY Press.
  • Rademacher, V.N. (2007). Postmodern Quest and the Role of Distance in Antonio Muoz Molinas El invierno en Lisboa. Ciberletras:Revista de Crtica Literaria y de Cultura.

Essays - Academic book chapter or contribution, new, editorially reviewed

  • Rademacher, V.N. (in press). Resisting the "Dictatorship of the Present" in the Biographical Novel : Conversations with Biographical Novelists: Truthful Fictions Across the Globe. Bloomsbury .
  • Rademacher, V.N. (in press). Speculative Subjectivities and the Biofictional Surge : Conversations with Biographical Novelists: Truthful Fictions Across the Globe . Bloomsbury .

Conference Proceeding

  • Rademacher, V.N., Allard, G. (2016). From Economic Crisis to Entrepreneurship: Self-Employment among Spain's Young Women : Diana International Conference 2016. Diana Conference . link
  • Rademacher, V.N. (2013). Lost in the Supermarket: Biographical Uncertainty and Real Speculation in Contemporary Spanish Narrative: Revista de ALCES XXI. Vol: 1, Issue: 1. ALCES XXI. link

Book Chapter

  • Levinson, J.R., Rademacher, V.N. (2015). Global Film Across the Curriculum: Narrative Imagination and Pedagogical Innovation: Evolving Entrepreneurial Education: Innovation in the Babson Classroom. Emerald Group Publishing.
  • Rademacher, V.N. (2012). Playing for Real: Simulated Games of Identity in Spains Gen X Narrative: Generation X Goes Global: Mapping a Youth Culture in Motion. Page: 193-211. Routledge.
  • Rademacher, V.N. (2010). Postmodern Quest and the Role of Distance in Antonion Munoz Monlina's El Invierno es Lisboa: Contemporary Literary Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Today's Novelists, Poets, PLaywrights, Short Story Writers, Scriptwriters, and Other Creative Writers. Vol: 289. Gale.

Other (please explain)

  • Rademacher, V.N. (2011). Playing for Real: Simulated Games of Identity in Contemporary Spanish Narrative: BFRF Working Paper Series. Babson College.
  • Rademacher, V.N. (2010). Transatlatic Crossings: Post-Dictatorship Transitions and Cultural Transformations in Spain, Argentina, Chile: Selected Proceedings. INternational Conference on Development & Assessment of Intercultural Competence. University of Arizona.

Presentations

  • From Media Darling to Literary Pariah: How Spain's Lucia Etxebarria Lost Her LusterRademacher, V. 4th Annual Celebrity Studies Conference: Desecrating Celebrity, University of Rome, Sapienza, Italy (2018)
  • Truth and Circumstantiality in Javier Cercas' Biofictions Rademacher, V. Modern Language Association Annual Conference , New York City (2018)
  • Modernist Subjectivities and their Biofictional Derivatives Rademacher, V. American Comparative Literature Association , Utrecht, Netherlands (2017)
  • Pedro Almodovar's Melodramatic Masculinities Rademacher, V. Crossroads in Cultural Studies , Sydney, Australia (2016)
  • From Modernism to Market in Rosa Montero's BiofictionsRademacher, V. Culture Industries: Modernist Studies Association , Pasadena, California (2016)
  • From Economic Crisis to Entrepreneurship: Self-Employment Among Spain's Young Women Rademacher, V. Allard, G. Diana International Research Conference , Bodo, Norway (2016)
  • Why the Postman Should Always Ring Twice - Even at a Business School Rademacher, V. 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. 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 WonderRademacher, V. 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 WonderRademacher, V. Babson Faculty Research Fund (BFRF) Research Chat, Wellesley, MA (2013)
  • Panel on Hispanic crime fiction with writer Alicia Gimnez-BartlettRademacher, V. International Conference on Hispanic Crime Fiction (CILDE), Lubbock, TX (2013)
  • Lost in the Supermarket: Biographical Uncertainty and Real Speculation in Contemporary Spanish NarrativeRademacher, V. Association of Contemporary Spanish Literature of the 21st Century, Madrid, Spain (2013)
  • The Chick Factor: Why Spain's Gen X isn't all XYRademacher, V. Popular Culture Association of Canada 2012 Conference, Niagara Falls, Canada (2012)
  • The Chick Factor: Why Spains Gen X Isnt All XYRademacher, V. Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Forum, Wellesley, MA (2012)
  • Playing for Real: Simulated Games of Identity in Contemporary Spanish NarrativeRademacher, V. BFRF Research Chat, Babson College (2011)
  • The Art of Seduction: Truth or Fanfiction in the World of Online "Friends" and the BlogosphereRademacher, V. 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, ChileRademacher, V. 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 OtherRademacher, V. 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 asesinoRademacher, V. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, (2005)
  • Shifting conceptions of Biography in Contemporary Spanish NarrativeRademacher, V. , (2004)
  • Postmodern Quest and the Role of Distance in Antonio Muoz Molinas El invierno en LisboaRademacher, V. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky (2004)
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Professional Services

  • Board MemberJeff's Place (2017)
  • Board MemberPhillips Academy Alumni Council (2017)
  • Board MemberFame and Persona Research Consortium (2017)