Constante González Groba

Constante González Groba

Constante González Groba is Professor of American literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin. He edited parallel texts in English and Spanish of William Dean Howells’s Criticism and Fiction and Frank Norris’s The Responsibilities of the Novelist, as well as a critical edition of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening aimed at Spanish college students. He is the author of a book on the novels of Carson McCullers, in Spanish, and has written essays and book chapters on Herman Melville, Carson McCullers, Stephen Crane, Lee Smith, Lillian Smith, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Bobbie Ann Mason, Ellen Glasgow, Harper Lee, and others. His latest book is On Their Own Premises: Southern Women Writers and the Homeplace (Universitat de Valéncia, 2008). He edited the book Hijas del Viejo Sur: La mujer en la literatura del Sur de los Estados Unidos (Universitat de Valéncia, 2012), to which he contributed an introduction and two chapters, as well as Unsteadily Marching On: The US South in Motion (Universitat de Valéncia, 2013), a collection of essays by American and European southernists. He has led competitive research projects about women in southern fiction, southern fiction and civil rights, and southern autobiography.



Recent Publications:


  • “Ellen Glasgow’s Life and Gabriella: The Darwinian Struggle for Life and the Romance of Progress”. RÉSONANCES 15.1 (2015): La Vocation au féminin / Women and Vocation. 119-135. ISSN 1245-2262.

  • “‘So Far as I and My People Are Concerned the South Is Fascist Now and Always Has Been’: Carson McCullers and the Racial Problem”. ATLANTIS 37.2 (December 2015). 63-81. ISSN 0210-6124.

  • “The View from Elsewhere Shapes the Racial Conversion Narrative: Lillian Smith and Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin”. In The South from Elsewhere. Ed. Marcel Arbeit. Palacký University Olomouc. Olomouc: Czech Republic, 2014. ISBN 978-80-244-4397-3. 55-77.

  • “The Call of the Hearth versus the Call of the Wild: Residence and Transience in Bobbie Ann Mason’s Short Fiction”. In Short Story Criticism: Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction. Volume 193. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 978-1-4144-9520-0. 299-307.

  • “Putting the Dynamic Past to Everyday Use in the Fiction of Southern Women Writers”. In Short Story Criticism: Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction. Volume 193. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 978-1-4144-9520-0. 336-342.

  • “Illness as Metaphor in the American South: Lee Smith’s Diagnosis of a Schizophrenic Culture and a Metastasized Social Body”. In The Scourges of the South: Essays on “The Sickly South” in History, Literature, and Popular Culture. Eds. Thomas Bjerre and Beata Zawadla. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN (10): 1-4438-6360-2. 133-148.

  • “Ellen Glasgow’s The Battle-Ground: The New Woman Emerges from the Ashes of the Civil War”. In Innocence and Loss: Representations of War and National Identity in the United States. Eds. Cynthia Stretch and Cristina Alsina. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN-10: 1-4438-5647-9. 27-47.

  • “Southern Fictional Tomboys Destabilize Traditional Gender Roles and Dominant Notions of Whiteness”. In Dixie Matters: New Perspectives on Southern Femininities and Masculinities. Ed. Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis. Studies in Literature and Culture, vol.10. Lublin, Poland: Wydawnictwo KUL (KUL Publishers), 2013. 978-83-7702-795-0. 131-151.

  • “Lillian Smith, Racial Segregation, Civil Rights and American Democracy”. Moravian Journal of Literature and Film 3, no.1 (Fall 2011), pp. 49-66. ISSN 1803-7720.

  • “‘The Call of the Hearth or the Call of the Wild?’ Negotiating the Split between the Homeplace and the Wider World in Bobbie Ann Mason’s Fiction, with Special Emphasis on the Nancy Culpepper Stories”. In L’Espace du Sud au féminin, edited by Brigitte Zaugg and Gérald Préher, pp. 135-153. Université Paul Verlaine-Metz. Centre de Recherche “Écritures”. Collection Littératures des mondes contemporains, Série Amériques, nº 7. 2011. ISBN 978-2-917403-19-8.