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Nick Phillips

Nick Phillips
Assistant Professor

Nick Phillips received his PhD from Indiana University in 2014.  His dissertation, titled “Space and the City: Peripheral Communities of Madrid and Barcelona”, focused on the production and representation of suburban spaces in contemporary Spanish detective fiction.  His research and scholarly interests include contemporary Spanish and Latin American detective fiction, Spanish cinema, television and popular music, urban studies, studies of space and everyday life, cultural representations of immigration in Spain, and Catalan language, literature, and film.

Recent conference presentations:

“Mapping Spaces of Immigration in Spanish Cinema: Las cartas de Alou and Biutiful” Presented at the Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, Madison, WI Oct 2014

“Autonomous Crimes, Global University: Natura quasi morta and the Tensions between Catalan Regional Identity and Globalization in Contemporary Barcelona” Presented at the North American Catalan Society Conference, Toronto, Canada, May 2013

Current projects:

Currently working on an article on Julio Múnoz Gijón’s popular detective series based in Seville, Spain; specifically the use of humor and graphic violence alongside the novels’ critique of globalization.

Nick will be presenting a selection of this article at the Midwest MLA conference in Columbus, OH, November 2015.

Courses taught:

Nick has taught a wide range of courses at Indiana University, including an upper level seminar on Spanish culture and society from 1898 to the present.  This year at Grinnell Nick will be teaching language courses as well as courses on literature and culture, including a seminar on contemporary Spain in the spring.


Course list:

Fall 2015

SPN 105 Introduction to Spanish Language I
SPN 217 Intermediate Spanish
SPN 314 Studies in Modern Spanish Literature

Spring 2016

SPN 285 Introduction to Textual Analysis
SPN 385 Studies in Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-9271