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Marta Segarra

Barcelona (Spain)

Marta Segarra

Marta Segarra is professor of French Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Barcelona.

Marta Segarra is professor of French Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Barcelona, co-founder of the Centre Dona i Literatura, and coordinator of the UNESCO Women, Development and Cultures Chair at this university. She is also a research fellow at the Centre d'Études féminines et d'études de genre at the University of Paris VIII, where she has been a guest lecturer on several occasions, and she has taught at the Collège International de Philosophie (Paris), the Université de la Sorbonne-Paris IV, Harvard University and the University of Havana.

Her research is mainly in the fields of contemporary French and Francophone literature, feminist theory, gender and postcolonial studies, and French cinema. She has published several books and many articles in these areas as well as editing jointly authored volumes. She is editor of the review Mujeres y Culturas published by Icaria Editorial, a member of the editorial board of Lectora and also Critical Studies (Rodopi), besides being editor of the international publication Expressions Maghrébines. She was awarded the ICREA “Acadèmia” Prize in 2009.

Notable among her publications are:



  • Escriure el desig. De La Celestina a Maria-Mercè Marçal (Writing Desire: From La Celestina to Maria-Mercè Marçal, 2013).
  • Repensar la comunidad desde la literatura y el género (Rethinking Community from Literature and Gender, 2012).
  • Simone de Beauvoir, literatura, filosofía y vida (Simone de Beauvoir, Literature, Philosophy and Life, 2011), with Àngels Santa.
  • Demenageries.Thinking (of) Animals after Derrida, with Anne E. Berger (2010).
  • Feminismo y crítica literaria (Feminism and Literary Criticism, 2000), with Àngels Carabí
  • Nuevas masculinidades (New Masculinities, 2000), with Àngels Carabí

Last update: January 2015

Translation: Julie Wark.



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    Marta Segarra, french philologist and feminist theorist, talks about the concepts of intimate space, private space and public space, if such distinctions still make sense. This lecture was aprt of The Open City Cycle. [Original version in catalan | Duration: 01:15:48]