Dr. Carmen Zamorano Llena is Associate Professor of English and was previously lecturer in English at the University of Lleida, Spain (1999-2008). She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Lleida, Spain, an MA in Translation from the University of Westminster, UK, and her PhD in English from the University of Barcelona, Spain, which focused on an analysis of postmodern feminist constructs of identity in the poetry of Fleur Adcock, Eavan Boland, Gillian Clarke, and Carol Rumens. She has published on contemporary Irish and British poetry and fiction, and is co-editor of The Aesthetics of Ageing: Critical Approaches to Literary Representations of the Ageing Process (Publicacions de Lleida, 2002), Urban and Rural Landscapes: Language, Literature and Culture in Modern Ireland (Peter Lang, 2011), and Transcultural Identities in Contemporary Literature (Rodopi, 2013). She is also General Editor of the Nordic Irish Studies journal. In June 2006 she was granted a two-year Betriu de Pinós postdoctoral scholarship by the Catalan Agency for Research (AGAUR) for her project on postnationalist identity in contemporary Irish poetry. The results of this project were published in a number of peer-reviewed scholarly journals, and she also co-edited the collection of essays Representations of Irish Identity: A Postnationalist Approach (Peter Lang, 2010).
At the MA level, Dr. Zamorano Llena has taught on the courses The Contemporary African Novel, The Body and Desire in Contemporary Irish Poetry, The Irish Short Story, Advanced Literary Theory, Exile in English-Language African Literature, Scholarly Writing in Literary Theory and Criticism, and Master-Degree Thesis in Literature. At undergraduate level, she has taught courses on academic writing, history of British literature, English drama, contemporary Irish poetry, contemporary literature in English, and Irish literature and postcolonialism.
Regarding thesis supervision, Dr. Zamorano Llena has supervised BA and MA theses in literatures in English on a wide range of themes and theoretical perspectives, including postcolonial analyses, as well as feminist, postmodern, and ecocritical readings of classic and contemporary writers. She is currently the main supervisor of a PhD thesis on the work of Canadian prairie poet Lorna Crozier.
In terms of her current research projects, Dr. Zamorano Llena is currently on a three-year research grant from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) for her research project entitled "Globalisation, Migration, and Communal Narratives of Belonging: Changing National Narratives in Contemporary Irish and British Fiction." She is also doing research on the work of Irish writer Jennifer Johnston as part of her contribution to the project "Ageing and Gender in Contemporary Literary Creation in English," funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (2013-2016). Dr. Zamorano Llena also participates in the 7th Framework Programme Project "Social Innovation on Active and Healthy Ageing for Sustainable Economic Growth, SIforAGE" (2012-2016). Her current research interests include literature and globalization, literatures of migration in Britain and Ireland, and representations of ageing in British and Irish literature.
- Crossing the Borders of the Heimat : The Role of Migration Narratives in a Cosmopolitan Re-Vision of the Metaphor of ‘Home’ as Nation in Caryl Phillips’s A Distant Shore, Part of: Narratives Crossing Borders, 2019. Chapter of book. .
- Fictions of Migration in Contemporary Ireland and Britain, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. Book. .
- “Carving up the visible and the invisible” : Ethical and Aesthetic Engagement with De-racialising the Muslim Migrant in Elif Shafak’s Honour, 2019. Conference paper : refereed. .
- Looking Very Old Age in the Eye : A Nuanced Approach to the Fourth Age in Contemporary Irish Fiction. A Case Study, The Gerontologist, 2018. Article : refereed. .
- The Silver Tsunami of Very Old Age : A Nuanced Approach to the Fourth Age in Jennifer Johnston's Later Fiction, 2018. Conference paper : refereed. .