Joanne Britland

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 458
Office Hours:
On fellowship 2018–2019


Ph.D., Spanish Literature, University of Virginia (May 2019)

M.A., Spanish, Bowling Green State University (One year of M.A. study in Alcalá de Henares, Spain)

B.A., Spanish, James Madison University

B.A., Communication Studies (Concentration in Public Relations), James Madison University

Research Interests

  • Twentieth- and twenty-first century peninsular literature and film
  • Crisis literature and cultural production
  • Spanish Civil War
  • Twentieth- and twenty-first century Latin-American studies
  • Brazilian studies
  • Technology and foreign language pedagogy


“Sufrir, salir, sobrevivir: Cultural Responses to the 2008 Social and Financial Crisis in Spain​”

This dissertation examines the impact of the 2008 social and financial crisis in Spain, exploring the responses to it through a comprehensive study of cultural production including novels, films, television series, and graphic novels. It analyzes the artistic treatment offered by these works and demonstrates how they depict the outcomes of responses to the crash, serving as a form of protest and, in many instances, warning, urging change, and providing a coping mechanism for those affected.


 “La crisis, la risa y catarsis: The 2008 Financial Crash and Comedic Representations of Spanish Emigration.” Hispanic Studies Review, Spring 2019. (forthcoming)

"Developing Self-Directed Learners through an ePortfolio Peer Consultant Program." International Journal of ePortfolio, Spring 2019. 


University of Virginia

  • SPAN 3300, Texts and Interpretation (2017-2018)
  • SPAN 3010, Spanish Grammar and Composition (2016-2017)
  • SPAN 2020, Advanced Intermediate Spanish  (2015-2016)
  • SPAN 2010, Intermediate Spanish (2014-2016)
  • UVa Hispanic Studies in Valencia, Intermediate & Advanced Intermediate Spanish (Summer 2018 & Summer 2016)
  • PORT 1110 & PORT 2120, Beginner and Intermediate Portuguese (substitute instructor)

Bowling Green State University

  • SPAN 102, Elementary Spanish II (2009-2010)
  • SPAN 101, Elementary Spanish I BGSU (2009-2010)
  • BGSU in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, SPAN 101 & SPAN 102 (Summer 2009 & Summer 2010)

International Teaching Experience

  • AP Spanish IV & V, Spanish Language & Literature, PACA, São Paulo, Brazil (2011-2013)
  • Portuguese Level 1, PACA, São Paulo, Brazil (2011-2013)
  • English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Colegio Magerit, Madrid, Spain (2010-2011)


Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies

“‘La literatura de la crisis’ (Crisis Literature): Transformations in the Publishing Industry as a Response to the 2008 Financial Crash in Spain.” 2019 MLA Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, January 2019.

“Cultural Production and the 2008 Crisis: A Comedic Representation of Spanish Emigration.” Digital Imaginaries of the South: Stories of Belonging and Uprooting in Hispanic Cinemas, Casa de América and Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain, October 2017.

“Self-exploration through the Examination of ‘the Other’ in the Works of Clarice Lispector: Can the Subaltern Speak in Brazil?” Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (MIFLC), James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, October 2016.

“John Yungjohann: Traveler, Fortune Seeker, and Adventurer in Nineteenth-Century Amazonia.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC), The University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, April 2016.

Pedagogy and Learning Technology

“Digital Literacy and Learner Autonomy Squared: Peer Mentoring and the Foreign Language E-portfolio.” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Convention, Nashville, TN, November 2017.

“Students Mentoring Students: The ePortfolio Peer Consultant Model.” The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) Southeast Regional Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, November 2017.

“E-portfolios in World Language Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.” The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) Southeast Regional Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, November 2016.

“Which Grouping Activity Best Promotes Participation in the Foreign Language Classroom?” Action Research in the Foreign Language Classroom: Roundtable on Foreign Language Teaching and Learning, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, December 2014.

Invited Talks

Presenter and Discussion Moderator of El Olivo (2016) by Iciar Bollaín. Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Film Fest: Contemporary Women’s Visions from Spain, Italy, and Latin America. Charlottesville City Hall Council Chambers, Charlottesville, VA, September 2018.

 “The 2008 Financial Collapse and Contemporary Spanish Cultural Production.” The Sigma Delta Pi Graduate Research Symposium. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC), The University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY, April 2018.

Guest Lecturer

“Literature of Crisis”. M.A. Course, Representations of Marginality. The University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands, May 2017.

“The Aftermath of the Crisis of 2008 in Spain: A Deeper Look through David Trueba’s Blitz.” CRIC (Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal) Lab Seminar. “Politics of (in)visibility.” Groningen, Netherlands, June 2017.

Panels Organized/Moderated

Roundtable Moderator, “Lessons from Cultural Exploration Abroad: Bringing the Conversation Home” Institute of World Languages (IWL) 2017 Symposium, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, October 2017.

Conferences Organized

“Meaning Making with e-Portfolios.” The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) Southeast Regional Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, November 2017.

Institute of World Languages (IWL) 2016 Symposium, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, October 2016.

Grants & Awards

Buckner W. Clay Fellow (2018-2019)

Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Grant, University of Virginia (Spring 2018, Fall 2017)

Charles Gordon Reid, Jr. Fellowship, Groningen, Netherlands & Valencia, Spain (2017)

Invited Research Stay, Department of European Literature and Culture, University of Groningen (Summer 2017)

Sigma Delta Pi National Graduate Research Grant (2017)

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) South Atlantic Studies Fellow (2017)

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, For Teaching Excellence in UVa’s Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese (2015)

Del Greco Library Grant, Salamanca, Spain (2015)


Electronic Portfolios in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning Project, Project Manager (2015-2018)

Coordinator of the ePortfolio Peer Consultants (ePPC) peer-mentoring program (2015-2017)

Sigma Delta Pi, Graduate Student Representative (2016-2017)

Institute of World Languages (IWL), Graduate Student Representative (2014-2016)


MLA (Modern Language Association)

ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)

CES (Council for European Studies)

Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society)

UVa Spanish Theater Group, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese