Alice McAdams

Lecturer of Spanish

Research Focus

Alice McAdams received her PhD in Spanish from the University of Michigan in 2020. Her dissertation, titled "The Animate Image: Subjectivity and Objectivity in Spanish Avant-Garde Texts on the Cinema (1923–1931)," examines works from 1920s Spain that present the advent of film as a force that blurs the distinction between subjects and objects, or between entities that think and feel and those that do not. Her broader research interests center on the psychological effects of the rapid, intense modernization that Spain underwent in the 1920s and how this phenomenon is reflected in the cultural production of the Spanish avant-garde. She has a particular interest in the writings of Salvador Dalí from this period and other texts from the Catalan anti-art movement.
At Michigan, Alice taught classes on Spanish cinema from 1950 to the present and the role of technology in the Spanish avant-garde, as well as elementary to advanced language courses and literature survey courses. As an instructor, she is passionate about integrating and synthesizing the teaching of language, literature/film and critical thinking skills.


"Leveling the world: Metaphor and deshumanización in the cinematic dissolve." Romance Quarterly 67.3 (2020): 119–135.

Courses - Spring 2022