Tatjana Pavlović received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures, Critical Theory and Film Studies from the University of Washington- Seattle in 1996. She is currently Full Professor of Spanish at Tulane University in New Orleans. Since 2006, she has served as Director of Tulane’s Undergraduate Spanish Studies Program. Her research and teaching interests center on twentieth-century Spanish intellectual history, literature, cultural studies, and film theory. She has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on the Contemporary Spanish Novel, Popular Culture under Franco, Spanish Women Writers, Surrealism and Postmodernism in Spain, Contemporary Spanish Cinema, Luis Buñuel, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain’s Women Cinéastes, European Cinema and Film Theory. She published her first book, Despotic Bodies and Transgressive Bodies: Spanish Culture from Francisco Franco to Jesús Franco (SUNY Press), in 2003.
In 2009 she published a comprehensive survey of 100 Years of Spanish Cinema (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell). Her most recent major book-project, entitled The Mobile Nation (1954-1964): España cambia de piel, is forthcomingin the Spring of 2011 with Intellect Publishing, Bristol (UK). The Mobile Nation is a study of the rise of consumer society in mid-twentieth-century Spain. It focuses on a crucial period of transition in the history of Spanish mass culture (1954-1964) that has not received sufficient critical attention. The book’s primary concern revolves around the transitional period from the end of postwar scarcity to the beginning of what could be termed Spain’s national embrace of consumerism. Ordinary citizens in this emerging Spanish culture became more mobile, space itself more permeable, and the pressure of “progress” unrelenting. The book is divided into five chapters that examine the following aspects of consumer society during the period in question: (1) the connection between literature and the publishing industry, (2) the expansion of Spain’s television network, (3) popular cinema and the making of the child-star system, (4) the development of mass tourism, and (5) the national automobile manufacturing industry. Professor Pavlović has just completed a more theoretically oriented Companion to Spanish Cinema (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), co-edited with Jo Labanyi (NYU).