Ben Fraser

Benjamin Fraser

Hispanic Studies
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Dept. Foreign Languages & Literatures
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

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B.A. The University of Virginia, Anthropology & Spanish, Echols Scholar
M.A. The University of Arizona, Hispanic Literature
Ph.D. The University of Arizona, Hispanic Literature


  • Contemporary Spanish Peninsular & Latin American Film, Literature & Cultural Studies
  • Urban Studies, Cultural Geography and Spatial Theory
  • Disability Studies (Intellectual Disabilities, Down syndrome, autism)
  • Deaf Studies/Deaf Culture
  • Visual/Media Culture (Film, TV, Photography, Painting, Videogames, Comics, Music)
  • Continental Philosophy (Bergson, Lefebvre, Deleuze)
  • Tourism, Travel and Transportation Studies


  • Executive Editor, Journal of Urban Cultural Studies
  • Senior Editor, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies
  • Associate Editor, Hispania
  • Co-Editor, Hispanic Urban Studies [book series]



  • Fraser, B. Toward an Urban Cultural Studies. Henri Lefebvre and the Humanities. London: Palgrave McMillan [in the series: Hispanic Urban Studies], 2015.
  • Fraser, B. Antonio López García's Everyday Urban Worlds: A Philosophy of Painting. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, [Aug] 2014.
  • Fraser, B. (ed. & introd.). Marxism and Urban Culture. Fwd. by Andy Merrifield. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield), 2014.
  • Fraser, B. Understanding Juan Benet: New Perspectives. Fwd. by Malcolm Alan Compitello. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press [in the series: Understanding Modern European and Latin American Literature], 2013.
  • Fraser, B. Disability Studies and Spanish Culture: Films, Novels, the Comic and the Public Exhibition. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press [in the series: Representations: Health, Disability, Culture and Society], 2013.
  • Fraser, B. (ed. & introd.). Capital Inscriptions: Essays on Hispanic Literature, Film and Urban Space in Honor of Malcolm Alan Compitello. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta [Homenajes series #41], 2012.
  • Fraser, B. and S. Spalding (eds.). Trains, Culture and Mobility: Riding the Rails. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield), 2012
  • S. Spalding and Fraser, B. (eds.). Trains, Literature and Culture: Reading and Writing the Rails. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield), 2012.
  • Fraser, B. Henri Lefebvre and the Spanish Urban Experience: Reading the Mobile City. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2011.
  • Fraser, B. (ed. & introd.). La urbanización decimonónica de Madrid: textos de Mariano José de Larra y Ramón de Mesonero Romanos. Doral, FL: Stockcero, 2011.
  • Fraser, B. Encounters with Bergson(ism) in Spain: Reconciling Philosophy, Literature, Film and Urban Space. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press (Studies in Romance Languages and Literatures, #295), 2010.
  • Fraser, B. (ed. & trans.). Deaf History and Culture in Spain: A Reader of Primary Sources. Fwd by Samuel J. Supalla. Washington D.C.: Gallaudet University Press, 2009.


  • 63. Fraser, B. "The Modern City 1850-1900: Urban Planning and Urban Culture in Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao." Routledge Companion to Iberian Studies. Ed. Javier Muñoz-Basols, Laura Lonsdale and Manuel Delgado. London; New York: Routledge, 2014. pp. forthcoming.
  • 62. Fraser, B. "Urban Railways in Buenos Aires: Spatial and Social Alienation in the Documentary Film El tren blanco [The White Train] (2003)." Transfers: accepted and forthcoming.
  • 61. Fraser, B. "Juan Benet, geógrafo cultural." Cuaderno Internacional de Estudios Humanísticos y Literatura. accepted and forthcoming.
  • 60. Fraser, B. "Rumbo a Almería: el terreno almeriense vendido y defendido en 800 balas (álex de la Iglesia, 2002)." La retórica del sur: Representaciones y discursos sobre Andalucía en el periodo democrático. Ed. Antonio Gómez L-Quiñones and José Manuel del Pino. Madrid: Iberoamericana, accepted and forthcoming.
  • 59. Fraser, B. "Henri Lefebvre in Strasbourg: The City as Use Value in José Luis Guerín's Dans la ville de Sylvie (2007)." Marxism and Urban Culture. Ed. B. Fraser. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield), 2014. 43-61.
  • 58. Fraser, B. "Sensing Capital: Sight, Sound and Touch in Esteban Sapir's La antena (2007)." Marxism and Urban Culture. Ed. B. Fraser. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield), 2014. 63-86.
  • 57. Fraser, B. "Urban Cultural Studies-A Manifesto [part 2]." Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 1.3 (2014): forthcoming.
  • 56. Fraser, B. "Urban Cultural Studies-A Manifesto [part 1]." Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 1.1 (2014): 3-17.
  • 55. Fraser, B., Larson, S., Compitello, M.A. "Notes on the Renegotiation of a Hispanic Studies Canon." ADFL Bulletin 43.1 (2014): forthcoming.
  • 54. Fraser, B. "Madrid, Histological City: The Scientific, Artistic and Urbanized Vision of Santiago Ramón y Cajal." Symposium: A Quarterly Journal of Modern Literatures 67.3 (2013): 119-34.
  • 53. Fraser, B. "Madrid and Urban Cultural Studies." International Journal of Iberian Studies 26.1-2 (2013): 3-19.
  • 52. Fraser, B. "Disability Art, Visibility and the Right to the City: The Trazos Singulares [Singular Strokes] (2011) Exhibit at Madrid's Nuevos Ministerios Metro Station." Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 17 (2013): 245-61.
  • 51. Fraser, B. "Diary of a Failed Spanish Capitalist: Individualism and the Ambivalent Critique of Pablo Sánchez's El alquiler del mundo (2010)." Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 90.6 (2013): 679-96.
  • 50. Fraser, B. "Nikos Kazantzakis's Bergsonian Spain: Connecting Philosophy, Spanish Literature and Cultural Landscapes." Hispanófila 168 (2013): 37-54.
  • 49. Fraser, B. "Salvador García Jiménez, 'autor de minorías': La novela Angelicomio (1981) y el modelo social de la discapacidad." Bulletin of Spanish Studies 90.8 (2013): 1339-1356.
  • 48. Fraser, B. "Feijóo on Mars: A Brief Note on the Literary Godfather of Spanish Science Fiction." Dieciocho 36.1 (2013): 37-50.
  • 47. Fraser, B. "A Biutiful City: Alejandro González Iñárritu's Filmic Critique of the 'Barcelona model.'" Studies in Hispanic Cinemas 9.1 (2012): 19-34.
  • 46. Fraser, B. and A. Fuoto. "Manchester, 1976: Documenting the Urban Nature of Joy Division's Musical Production." Punk & Post-Punk 1.2 (2012): 139-54. [lead article]
  • 45. Fraser, B. "Introduction." Capital Inscriptions: Essays on Hispanic Literature, Film and Urban Space in Honor of Malcolm Alan Compitello. Ed. B. Fraser. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta, 2012. 11-20.
  • 44. Fraser, B. "Materialism and Enigma: Juan Benet's 'Syllabus,' Compitello's 'Socio- Poetic' Methodology and Cultural Studies Pedagogy." Capital Inscriptions: Essays on Hispanic Literature, Film and Urban Space in Honor of Malcolm Alan Compitello. Ed. B. Fraser. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta, 2012. 79-91.
  • 43. Fraser, B. and C. Méndez. "Espacio, tiempo y ciudad: La representación de Buenos Aires en El Eternauta." Revista Iberoamericana 78.238-239 (Jan.-June 2012): 57-72.
  • 42. Fraser, B. "Into the Chilean Mines: The Dialectics of Land and Work in Baldomero Lillo's Sub-terra" A Contracorriente 9.2 (2012): 248-81.
  • 41. Fraser, B. "Visualizing Spain's Enlightenment: The Marginal Universality of Deafness." Sociability and Cosmopolitanism: Social Bonds on the Fringes of the Enlightenment. Ed. Scott Breuninger & David Burrow. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012. 27-45.
  • 40. Fraser, B. "The 'Sidewalk Ballet' in the Work of Henri Lefebvre and Manuel Delgado Ruiz." The Urban Wisdom of Jane Jacobs. Ed. S. Hirt and D. Zahm. London & New York: Routledge, 2012. 24-36.
  • 39. Fraser, B. and S. Spalding. "The Speed of Signs: Train Graffiti, Cultural Production and the Mobility of the Urban in France and Spain." Trains, Culture and Mobility: Riding the Rails. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield), 2012. 27-57.
  • 38. Fraser, B. "Hacia un costumbrismo espacial: Larra y la ciencia-ficción de la vida cotidiana en Sin noticias de Gurb (Mendoza) y Plutón BRB Nero (De la Iglesia)." Letras Hispanas 8.1 (2012): 48-61.
  • 37. Fraser, B. "Baldomero Lillo's Underground Literary Modernism." The Latin Americanist 56.3 (2012): 75-99.
  • 36. Fraser, B. "On Nocilla and the Urbanization of Consciousness: Multiplicity & Interdisciplinarity in Agustín Fernández Mallo's Fragmented Trilogy." Hispania 95.1 (2012): 1-13.
  • 35. Fraser, B., M.A. Compitello, and E. Romero. "An AJHCS Editorial Position Paper: A Modest Proposal on Peer Review." Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 15 (2011): 11-22.
  • 34. Fraser, B. "Ildefons Cerdà's Scalpel: A Lefebvrian Perspective on Nineteenth-Century Urban Planning." Catalan Review 25 (2011): 181-200.
  • 33. Fraser, B. "Introducción crítica." In La urbanización decimonónica de Madrid: textos de Mariano José de Larra y Ramón de Mesonero Romanos. Ed. B. Fraser. Doral, FL: Stockcero, 2011. 26 pp. (xiii-xxxix).
  • 32. Fraser, B. "Why the Spatial Epistemology of the Videogame Matters: Mêtis, Video Game Space and Interdisciplinary Theory." Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds 3.2 (2011): 93-106.
  • 31. Fraser, B. "Re-Scaling Emotional Approaches to Music: Basque Band Lisabö & the Soundscapes of Urban Alienation." Emotion, Space and Society 4 (2011): 8-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.emospa.2010.03.00.
  • 30. Fraser, B. "Toward Autonomy in Love and Work: Situating the Film Yo, también (2009) within the Political Project of Disability Studies." Hispania 94.1 (2011): 1-12.
  • 29. Fraser, B. "The Art of Engineering: The Bridge as Object and Method in Juan Benet's Fiction." Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 11.2 (2010): 167-90.
  • 28. Fraser, B. "Spain, 1795: A Reconsideration of Lorenzo Hervás y Panduro (1735-1809) and the Visual Language of the Deaf." Dieciocho 33.2 (2010): 259-78.
  • 27. Fraser, B. "Hacia una teoría de lo desconocido: La aportación visual de Vacas de Julio Medem a la filosofía." Hispanic Research Journal 11.4 (2010): 353-69.
  • 26. Fraser, B. "The Work of (Creating) Art: Judith Scott's Fiber Art, Lola Barrera and Iñaki Peñafiel's ¿Qué tienes debajo del sombrero? (2006) and the Challenges Faced By People with Developmental Disabilities." Cultural Studies 24.4 (2010): 508-32.
  • 25. Fraser, B. "The Ills of Aerial Photography: Latin America from Above." Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana 39.2 (2010): 70-84.
  • 24. Fraser, B. "The 'Kind of Problem Cities Pose': Jane Jacobs at the Intersection of Pedagogy, Philosophy and Urban Theory." Teaching in Higher Education 14.3 (2009): 265-76.
  • 23. Fraser, B. "Narrating the Organic City: A Lefebvrian Approach to City Planning, the Novel & Urban Theory in Spain" Journal of Narrative Theory 39.3 (2009): 369-90.
  • 22. Fraser, B. "The Bergsonian Link Between Emotion, Music and Place: From the 'Motion of Emotion' to the Sonic Immediacy of the Basque Band Lisabö." Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 10.2 (2009): 241-62.
  • 21. Fraser, B. "Imagen, materia, cine: Bergson, Deleuze y Cinelandia de Ramón Gómez de la Serna." Hispanic Review 77.4 (2009): 449-70.
  • 20. Fraser, B. "Modernist Liquidity Meets Liquid Modernity: From the Occult Stories of Leopoldo Lugones to The Fluidity of Modern Urban Life" English Language Notes 47.2 (2009): 85-94.
  • 19. Fraser, B. "Undergraduates and Hispanic Sleuths: The Importance of University Cor(ps)e Requirements in a Liberal Learning Curriculum." In Murder 101: Essays on the Teaching of Detective Fiction, Ed. Ed Rielly. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2009. 38-50.
  • 18. Fraser, B. "Madrid, Neoplasmic City: Disease and the Urban as Process in Tiempo de silencio." Letras Peninsulares 21.1 (2008): 139-64.
  • 17. Fraser, B. "A Snapshot of Barcelona from Montjuïc: Juan Goytisolo's Señas de identidad, Tourist Landscapes as Process and the Photographic Mechanism of Thought." In Spain is (Still) Different: Tourism and Discourse in Spanish Identity. Ed. Eugenia Afinoguénova and Jaume Martí-Olivella. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Inc., 2008. 151-84.
  • 16. Fraser, B. "Baroja's Rejection of Traditional Medicine in El árbol de la ciencia." Bulletin of Spanish Studies 85.1 (2008): 29-50.
  • 15. Fraser, B. "Un neuro-musicólogo antes de su tiempo: discursos actuales del sonido a través de dos cuentos de Leopoldo Lugones." Hispania 91.4 (2008): 794-804.
  • 14. Fraser, B. "Reconciling Film Studies & Geography: Adolfo Bioy Casares's La invención de Morel." Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 41.1 (2008): 153-68.
  • 13. Fraser, B. "What is Liberal Learning?: Lessons on Pedagogy from Spain's Institución Libre de Enseñanza." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas 25.1 (2008): 9-17.
  • 12. Fraser, B. "Why Don Fulgencio Entrambosmares del Aquilón's 'Apuntes para un tratado de cocotología' belongs in the Spanish Cultural Studies curriculum- followed by a concise argument to the contrary: A manuscript by the great-great grandson Entrambosmares, translated from the original with editor's notes." Céfiro 8.1-2 (2008): 21-35.
  • 11. Fraser, B. "Toward a Philosophy of the Urban: Henri Lefebvre's Uncomfortable Application of Bergsonism." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 26.2 (2008): 338-58.
  • 10. Fraser, B. "Madrid's Retiro Park as Publicly-Private Space & the Spatial Problems of Spatial Theory." Social and Cultural Geography 8.5 (2007): 673-700.
  • 9. Fraser, B. "San Sombrèro: A Land of Carnivals, Cocktails and Coups: Henri Bergson's Theory of Laughter and the Problems of Travel Guide Humour." Journeys: International Journal of Travel & Travel Writing 8.1-2 (2007): 117-27.
  • 8. Fraser, B. "Manuel Delgado's Urban Anthropology: From Multidimensional Space to Interdisciplinary Spatial Theory." Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 11 (2007): 57-75.
  • 7. Fraser, B. "Deaf Cultural Production in Twentieth-Century Madrid." Sign Language Studies 7.4 (2007): 431-57.
  • 6. Fraser, B. "Unamuno and Bergson: Notes on a Shared Methodology." Modern Language Review 102.3 (2007): 753-67.
  • 5. Fraser, B. "The Space in Film and the Film in Space: Madrid's Retiro Park and Carlos Saura's Taxi." Studies in Hispanic Cinemas 3.1 (2006): 15-33. (incl. photos).
  • 4. Fraser, B. "Narradores contra la ficción: La novela detectivesca como estrategia política." Studies in Latin American Popular Culture 25 (2006): 199-219.
  • 3. Fraser, B. "On Mental and Cartographic Space: Belén Gopegui's La escala de los mapas, Bergson and the Imagined Interval." España Contemporánea 18.1 (2005): 7- 32.
  • 2. Fraser, B. "Problems of Photographic Criticism and the Question of a Truly Revolutionary Image: The Photographs of Mario Algaze, Juan Rulfo and Manuel Alvarez Bravo." Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana 33.2 (2004): 104-22.
  • 1. Fraser, B. "The Linguistic Foil: An Analysis of Conversational Strategies Used by Bernarda and La Poncia in La casa de Bernarda Alba." In Essays on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature and Film in Memory of Dr. Howard M. Fraser, Bruce Dean Willis (ed. & introd.). Mobile, AL: University of South Alabama, 2000. 98-110.

Guest Editions:

  • Fraser, B., ed. "Reading Madrid: Perspectives from Urban Cultural Studies." Guest-edited special issue of the International Journal of Iberian Studies 26.1-2 (2013): 3-102.
  • Foster, D., VanPatten, B., and Fraser, B., co-eds. "Special Focus Issue: The Scholarship of Film and Film Studies." Hispania (2015): in development. Submissions currently undergoing peer review.




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