Manuel Gómez-Navarro is a Lecturer of Spanish at Boise State University, ID.
He received a PhD in 2014 from the University of California, Davis in Spanish Literature.
His dissertation, La circulación transatlántica del desencanto: La crítica intelectual de izquierdas en la transición democrática de España y Chile (2014), examines the term "desencanto" (disenchantment) in the writings of leftie intellectuals who suffered the effects of dictatorship. These works reveal a self-critical movement that highlights both countries as national contexts in which leftie intellectuals struggled to overcome an intense sense of “failure” and “defeat.” He studies the Spanish journal Triunfo and the Chilean Revista de crítica cultural as barometers of the debate, while asking how key intellectuals who participated in these projects also reflect similar preoccupations in their literary works. Through a comparison of Los viejos amigos (2003), by the Spanish author Rafael Chirbes, and Jamás el fuego nunca (2007), by the Chilean author Diamela Eltit, he shows how literary texts address the conflicts that arose in the intellectual field on both sides of the Atlantic.
His research interests include Contemporary Spanish fiction, South Cone contemporary fiction, representations of memory in post-dictatorship, films in Spanish, and politics and culture.
Together with teaching and research, Manuel specializes in developing projects for the expression and dissemination of the Spanish culture.
He holds a degree in Hispanic Philology from the University of Córdoba, Spain.