Virginia Rademacher / The Art of Seduction: Truth or Fanfiction in the World of Online 'Friends" and the Blogosphere"


Virginia (Jenny) Rademacher
is Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture, and Director: Languages and Global Cultures at Babson College,Wellesley MA. She received her PhD in Spanish Literature from the University of Virginia in 2007 with an emphasis on contemporary (post-1960) Peninsular narrative and culture. She also holds an M.A. in International Affairs and Economics from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a B.A. from Harvard University. Her doctoral dissertation, "Biographical Questioning and the Quest for the Real in Contemporary Spanish Narrative" explores recent trends in Spanish narrative which employ and stretch the limits of "traditional 'biography." She considers how these literary approaches to negotiating the real relate to efforts in other fields and disciplines such as law, finance, and business that also grapple with risk, uncertainty, and speculation in an effort to figure out who or what to believe. She has published articles and reviews in various journals and texts, including Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Ciberletras, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. Recent presentations include "Transatlantic Crossings: Post-Dictatorship Transitions and Cultural Transformations in Spain, Argentina, Chile" and "Nirvana-Lite: Simulated Games of Identity in Lucia Etxebarria's Courtney and I and A Story of Love Like Any Other," Her interests also include contemporary Latin American and U.S. Latino narrative, film, and culture. At Babson, she currently teaches interdisciplinary courses on Post-Dictatorship Spain and Latin America,, U.S. Latino Literature and Culture, and Spanish & Latin American Cinema Current projects include revising her dissertation into a book and a chapter in an edited volume. She resides in the Boston area, and is the mother of four girls.