Marta Puxan-Oliva is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Arts and Humanities at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and English Studies at the Universitat de Barcelona.

She specializes in comparative literature with an expertise in Narrative Theory, Racial Studies, World Literature, and Ecocriticism.

She has published essays in English Studies, The Journal of World Literature, Atlantis, The Journal of Narrative Theory, Amerikastudien/American Studies and Mississippi Quarterly. Her first book Narrative Reliability, Racial Studies and Ideology in the Modern Novel (Routledge 2019) crosses the development of narrative reliability as a technique with the uses of racial ideologies and conflicts in Joseph Conrad, James Weldon Johnson, William Faulkner Albert Camus and Alejo Carpentier.

Her current project explores crime in oceans in contemporary literature and film from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Selected Bibliography
  • PUXAN-OLIVA, M. (2018). “Colonial Oceanic Environments, Law and Narrative in Herman Melville’s ‘Benito Cereno’ and Juan Benet’s ‘Sub Rosa’”. English Studies. 99 (4), pp. 426 - 441. ISSN: 0013-838X. DOI. 10.1080/0013838X.2018.1480136.

  • PUXAN-OLIVA, M. (2018). “On the politics of discordant, estranging and bonding reliability: Contextualist narratology at work”. Frontiers of Narrative Studies. 4 (S1), pp. 190 - 212. ISSN: 2509-4882. DOI. 10.1515/fns-2018-0038.

  • PUXAN-OLIVA, M., and A. MIRIZIO, eds. (2017). “Rethinking World Literature Studies in Latin American and Spanish Contexts”. Special issue of the Journal of World Literature. 2 (1).

  • PUXAN-OLIVA, M. (2016). “Shaving the Tale: Barbers and the Narration of Racial Relations in Chesnutt’s ‘The Doll’ and Melville’s Benito Cereno”. Atlantis, 38 (2), pp. 27-44.

  • PUXAN-OLIVA, M. (2015). “Racial Stereotypes as Narrative Forms: Staging the English Gentleman in Conrad’s Lord Jim”. Journal of Narrative Theory. 45 (3), pp. 333-369.

  • PUXAN-OLIVA, M. (2013). “A Mysterious Heart: ‘Passing’ and the Narrative Enigma in William Faulkner’s Light in August and Absalom, Absalom!”. Amerikastudien/American Studies. 58 (1), pp. 51-78.

  • PUXAN, M. (2007). “Narrative Strategies on the Color Line: the Unreliable Narrator Shreve and Racial Ambiguity in Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!”. Mississippi Quarterly. 60 (3), pp. 529-559.