Elena Avanzas Álvarez is a PhD candidate at the University of Oviedo (Spain). She holds a BA in English Philology and American Studies, and an Official MA in Gender and Diversity. Her dissertation explored moral relativism in Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie series, while her MA thesis dealt with the construction of the female identity through performativity in the television show Rizzoli & Isles (2010 – 2016), which earned her the Best Gender and Diversity MA Thesis Award in 2013. Her PhD focuses on contemporary forensic crime fiction written by women from 1990 until the present day, and covers authors such as Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs and Tess Gerritsen.
In 2011 she founded Books & Reviews, a blog focused on crime fiction and women’s representation in contemporary media to decrease the distance between knowledge produced in the academia and the general public. She also reviews crime novels for the noir section at the Los Angeles Review of Books, and she is currently collaborating with the Captivating Criminality Association at Bath Spa University, an international network of scholars, researchers and practitioners on the subject of crime fiction.
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