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Dr Jacky Collins

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

Jacky has worked in the Division of Languages at Northumbria since 1993.

Jacky has worked in the Division of Languages at Northumbria since 1993. In 2004 she took a year’s sabbatical to lecture in Spanish Literature and Film at Western Oregon University, USA. Between 2011 and 2014 she was based in the Department of Media and Communication Design as a member of the Film & TV team.

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PhD by Existing Published Works, Sunderland University, 2011
MA Modern Language, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2004
Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Northumbria University, 1993
BA (Hons) Scandinavian Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1985

Association of Contemporary Iberian Studies, U.K. (ACIS)
Women in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, U.K. (WISPS)
Midwest Modern Language Association, U.S.A. (M/MLA)
Popular Culture Association, USA (PCA/ACA)
Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH)
Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades (AHH)

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At present, Jacky teaches across three subject areas. In Film & TV she contributes to the Level 4 programme on the Film Theory, Film Aesthetics and Film History modules. At Level 5 she is responsible for the Film & TV Research Project module and contributes to the National Cinemas modules. On the MA programme she has delivered the Gender & Sexuality in Film module. For Modern Languages she is responsible for the Level 4 Spanish Beginners’ Language Modules. As part of the English Literature Programme, she is responsible for the Level 6 European Crime Fiction module. Previously, she has had responsibility for all Level 4 Spanish Language modules, both Post A Level and Beginners, and for Level 5 Spanish Language Modules for post beginners. In previous years she has contributed widely to the Spanish Area Studies modules at all levels, the Level 6 language modules and also to the University-wide language Programme at all levels.

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Jacky's research interests are in contemporary European crime film, TV & fiction, especially Spanish lesbian crime fiction. In 2011 she was awarded PhD for her thesis From Lavender Menace to Lesbian Heroic: Representations of Lesbian Identities in Contemporary Spanish Fiction and Film. As part of her on-going work with European crime fiction, she hosts a monthly reading group at Newcastle Central Library. Since 2000 Jacky has been involved in a number of collaborative research ventures with academics from UK and USA. In 2004 she successfully co-hosted the 4th Annual Conference of the European Research Forum, held at Northumbria University. This event resulted in a co-edited volume of selected papers in the Studies in European Cinema journal (Intellect).
As part of the Manchester Crime Fiction Series (MMU), she has co-edited two volumes of collected essays focusing on Latin American Detective Fiction and Women’s Detective Fiction from Spain.
After spending a year as visiting professor at Western Oregon University she joined with scholars from the USA to produce Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Detective Fiction: Essays on the Género Negro (McFarland) and a special issue for Clues: A Journal of Detection (McFarland) on Hispanic detective fiction. More recently she has edited a second special issue for Clues: A Journal of Detection (McFarland) on lesbian detective fiction, co-edited Crime Scene Spain: Essays on Post-Franco Crime Fiction (McFarland) and contributed to the Spanish publication Ellas y nosotras - Estudios lesbianos sobre literatura escrita en castellano (Egales) with an essay of the recent works of the author Libertad Morán.
She is currently working on projects that focus on European Crime Fiction, Spain’s Historical Memory and lesbian representations in contemporary Queer European Cinema.

Key Publications

A co-edited volume (including a chapter – ‘The van Guardia trilogy - A world beyond’.) with Dr Renée Craig Odders & Dr Glenn Close. Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Detective Fiction: Essays on the Género Negro Tradition. NC: McFarland. (2006).
A co-edited volume (including a chapter – ‘Exiting the margins (?) A lesbian feminist reading of Javier Otaola’s ‘Brocheta de Carne’ (2003)’) with Dr Gianna Martella. Hispanic Crime and Mystery Fiction as part of the Clues: A Journal of Detection series. Washington, DC: Heldref. (2006).
‘Desde la oscuridad: Las identidades lésbicas en la literatura española contemporánea’ in Mujeres Malas Vol. II. Eds. Dr Shelley Godsland & Dr Ana Toscana. Oporto: Univerdade Fernando Pesoa (2007).
‘Challenging the rhetorical oxymoron: lesbian motherhood in contemporary European cinema’ in Studies in European Cinema, 4, 2. Ed. Dr. Ann Davies. Bristol: Intellect (2007).
'Heroic Bodies in Contemporary Spanish Fiction', in B. Ferris & N. Calafell (eds.) Escribir con el cuerpo, Vol. 1. Colección Cuerpos que Cuentan. Barcelona: EOC (2008).
A co-edited volume (including a chapter - “‘This town ain’t big enough for the both of us(?)’ Regional tensions in two novels of Lola van Guardia/Isabel Franc”) with Dr. Renee Craig-Odders. Crime Scene Spain: Essays on Post-Franco Crime Fiction. North Carolina: McFarland  (2009).
A single-edited volume (including a chapter – “Isabel Franc’s No me llames cariño: Contesting Patriarchy in Spanish Lesbian Feminist Crime Fiction”). Lesbian Crime Fiction, theme issue for Clues: A Journal of Detection. NC: McFarland (2009).
“Con voz propia y sin complejos: el desarrollo de la identidad lesbiana en la obra de Libertad Morán”. Ellas y nosotras: Estudios lesbianos sobre literatura escrita en castellano. Ed. Elina Norandi. Madrid: Egales (2009). 
A co-edited volume (including a chapter - ‘Sisters are doing it for themselves: Lesbian identities in contemporary Spanish literature’), with Dr Nancy Vosburg. Lesbian Realities/Lesbian Fictions in contemporary Spain. Rowman & Littlefield (2011).


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