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Dr. Daniel Mourenza

Assistant Professor (Hispanic Studies)


Daniel Mourenza received a BA in Film and Media and a MA in Contemporary Film and Visual Studies from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra at Barcelona and a MA and a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. Before joining Trinity College Dublin, Mourenza taught at Aston University and Newcastle University. He also worked as an editorial assistant for the Bulletin of Spanish Studies at Queen's University Belfast. He holds the position of Assistant Professor in Spanish at Trinity College Dublin, where he teaches modules on Spanish and Latin American cinema and Spanish history and culture. His research focuses on theoretical and political debates around popular cinema and, more generally, popular culture. He is particularly interested in how film theory and criticism address questions of aesthetics and politics in popular films and genres. Currently, Mourenza is doing research on melodrama in both Spanish and Argentine film. He is co-editing with Dr Mirna Vohnsen the book 'Contemporary Argentine Women Filmmakers', which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan. Mourenza has worked and published extensively on Walter Benjamin's film writings. His book 'Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Film' was published in February 2020 by Amsterdam University Press. He has also published a special issue of parallax on the theme of 'Barbarism', taking Benjamin's 'new, positive concept of barbarism' as its standpoint. Finally, Mourenza has written on the political cartoons of Andrés Rábago 'El Roto' and his role as a 'traditional intellectual' in Spain, from the Transición to date.
  Critical theory   Cultural Studies   Film and Gender   Film Studies   Film Theory   Film Theory and Philosophy   Latin American Cinema   Posthumanism   Spanish Cinema   Walter Benjamin
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Reviewer for the following publishers and academic journals: - Verso Books - Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos - Journal of Romance Studies - Hispanic Review - Teknokultura. Revista de Cultura Digital y Movimientos Sociales Editorial Assistant and Administrative Officer of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies and the Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies (2017-2018)
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Catalan Fluent Medium Fluent
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Medium Medium Medium
German Medium Basic Basic
Italian Fluent Medium Fluent
Spanish Fluent Fluent Fluent
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Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI) 2014
Daniel Mourenza, Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Film, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2020, Book, PUBLISHED
'The Political Cartoonist as Intellectual: Cultural Hegemony and Consensus in Crisis' in, editor(s)Leticia Villamediana & David Jiménez , The Configuration of the Spanish Public Sphere: From the Enlightenment to the indignados, Oxford and New York, Berghahn Books, 2019, pp232 - 256, [Daniel Mourenza], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
'Walter Benjamin on Charlie Chaplin: The Rehabilitation of the Allegorical in Modernity' in, editor(s)Madeleine Kasten, Rico Sneller & Gerar Visser , Benjamin's Figures: Dialogues on the Vocation of the Humanities, Nordhausen, Verlag Traugott Bautz, 2018, pp193 - 211, [Daniel Mourenza], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Parallax, 24, 2, (2018), Liz Stainforth, Daniel Mourenza and Stefano Calzati, [eds.], Journal, PUBLISHED
Daniel Mourenza, '"Barbarism? Yes, Indeed": A Barbaric Theorizing of Technology', Paralax, 24, (2), 2018, p159 - 175, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Daniel Mourenza, 'El Roto: A Political Cartoonist in Late Capitalist Spain', Romance Quarterly, 63, (2), 2016, p83 - 96, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
'Nothing Ever Happens: Juan Antonio Bardem and the Resignification of Hollywood Melodrama (1955-1965)' in, editor(s)Elena Oliete, Beatriz Oria & Juan Tarancón , Global Genres/Local Films: The Transnational Dimension of Spanish Cinema, London, Bloomsbury, 2015, pp71 - 86, [Daniel Mourenza], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Daniel Mourenza, 'On Some Posthuman Motifs in Walter Benjamin: Mickey Mouse, Barbarism and Technological Innervation', Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, (7), 2015, p28 - 47, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Daniel Mourenza, Walter Benjamin, Film and the 'Anthropological-Materialist' Programme, University of Leeds, 2014, Thesis, PUBLISHED
Daniel Mourenza, 'Dreams of a Better Nature: Walter Benjamin on the Creation of a Collective Techno-Body', Teknokultura. Revista de cultura digital y movimientos sociales, 10, (3), 2013, p693 - 718, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

Daniel Mourenza, Review of Emílio Salles Gomes: On Brazil and Global Cinema (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2018), by Maite Conde & Stephanie Dennison , Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 98, (1), 2021, p165-166 , Review, PUBLISHED
Daniel Mourenza, Review of Deborah Martin, The Cinema of Lucrecia Martel (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019), Review of The Cinema of Lucrecia Martel (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019), by Deborah Martin , Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies, IV, (1), 2020, p10-11 , Review, PUBLISHED
Daniel Mourenza, Review of The Benjamin Files (London: Verso, 2020) and Splinters in Your Eye: Frankfurt School Provocations (London: Verso, 2020), by Fredric Jameson and Martin Jay , Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, 2020, Review, PUBLISHED
Daniel Mourenza, Review of Vanguardia y humorismo gráfico: La guerra civil española (1936-1939) y la revolución cubana (1959-1961), by Jorge Català Carrasco , Bulletin of Latin American Research, 37, (1), 2018, p117-118 , Review, PUBLISHED
Daniel Mourenza, Review of The Marxism of Manuel Sacristán: From Communism to the New Social Movements, by Renzo Llorente , Bulletin of Spanish Studies, XCIV, (5), 2017, p906-907 , Review, PUBLISHED
Daniel Mourenza, Review of On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of the Contemporary , by Lutz Koepnick , New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 13, (1), 2016, p99-101 , Review, PUBLISHED
Daniel Mourenza, '"Qué ocurre entre la mano y el metal? Fragmentación e ironía en los planos detalle de Aki Kaurismäki', I Congreso Internacional Mutaciones del Gesto en el Cine Europeo, Barcelona, edited by Albert Elduque, Iván Pintor & Endika Rey , 2013, pp116 - 127, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED


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Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) 2014
- Film Theory - Spanish and Latin American Cinema - Genre Film - Critical Theory - Cultural Studies - Gender Theory