Dean Allbritton

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Office: Lovejoy 323 [ campus map ]
Box 4673

Phone: 207-859-4673
Fax: 207-859-4405
Mailing Address:
4673 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8846
Allbritton, Bobby Dean


PhD, Stony Brook University (2011)
MA, Syracuse University (2004)
BA, Valdosta State University (2002)

Areas of Expertise

  • Contemporary Spanish Film
  • Illness & Disability Studies
  • Gender & Masculinities

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
SP125 CElementary Spanish I
SP125 DElementary Spanish I
SP126 C1Elementary Spanish II
SP266 ALanguage of Spanish Cinema
SP493 ASeminar: Queer Spain

Professional Information

Dean Allbritton is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Colby College, where he teaches courses on Spanish cinema and culture. His work analyzes representations of illness and health in contemporary Spanish culture and media as focalizing points for larger discourses of national and societal health. More broadly, he has interests in the fields of illness and disability studies, film theory, contemporary Spanish film, and cultural studies. He is currently working on a manuscript that explores the cultural history and legacy of HIV/AIDS in Spain. He has published articles in The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Hispanic Research Journal, and in The Companion to the Films of Pedro Almodóvar.

Current Research

My current book project, Digital Outbreaks: The Early Years of AIDS in Spain, focuses on early representations of HIV/AIDS in Spanish media in order to understand and critique the development of narratives of outbreak, contagion, and containment. Following the tack of Susan Sontag’s influential AIDS and its metaphors (1998), this project analyzes these representations of HIV in Spain not in their quantity but in their meaning, insisting that the discourse surrounding the disease demonstrates a critical juncture of modernity and illness that utterly transformed contemporary Spanish culture. By studying televised news reports, cultural artifacts, and media from 1981-1987, I understand Spain’s early experiences with HIV/AIDS as more than the sum of its virulence—it is also an epidemic of modernity, one that shifted the promise of capitalism and globalization into a threat, challenging the hope that deeper cross-cultural connections would inherently bring freedom, health, and wealth.


Review of Spain on Screen: Developments in Contemporary Spanish Cinema, ed. Ann Davies. Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 12.2 (2015): 221-3. [DOI: 10.1386/slac.12.2.123_1]

“Timing Out: The Politics of Death and Gender in Almodóvar’s Volver.” Hispanic Research Journal 16.1 (2015): 49-64.

“Recovering Childhood: Virulence, Ghosts, and Black Bread.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 91.6 (2014): 619-36.

“Prime Risks: The Politics of Pain and Suffering in Spanish Crisis Cinema.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies (2014). [DOI: 10.1080/14636204.2014.931663]

“Paternity & Pathogens: Mourning Men and the Crises of Masculinity in Almodóvar.” A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar. Marvin D’Lugo and Kathleen Vernon, eds. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

“Desiring Almodóvar.” Artlines: Journal of the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art 2 (June-August 2012).

“On Infirm Ground: Masculinity and Memory in El mar.” Post Script 31.3 (2012).


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