‌Dr Aina Marti-Balcells

Aina Martí is an Associate Lecturer in Catalan Language and Culture at the University of Kent. During her doctoral studies, she was granted the position of pensionnaire etrangere at the École Normale Superieure. Her doctoral research analyses how literary representations of domestic architecture and domestic architecture itself deregulated the hegemonic sexual culture in England, France, Germany and Austria of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Her research project raises questions about the many relationships between literature, architecture, and medicine. It throws light on the use of sexual terminology by architects, and the ways in which literature engaged with architectural discourses found in journals, magazines, and the works of established architects.

Her article “The Bourgeoisies, Their Homes and Sexualities in Colette’s Claudine” will come out in the edited collection Domestic Space in France and Belgium: Art, Literature and Design (1850-1920) with Bloomsbury in 2020. She has been invited speaker at Paris Diderot and Bar Ilan University (Israel). She is currently preparing a book for publication with Edinburgh University Press. Aina is affiliated to the project Architecture and Narrative: The Built Environment in Modern Culture at the HI.

Contact: am2191@kent.ac.uk