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EIU Department of English


Dr. Bobby Martínez, Associate Professor of English, Affiliate Faculty in Latin American Studies, Film Studies, and Women's Studies

Office: 3371 - Coleman Hall

Fall 2021 office hours are all virtual on Zoom: Mondays 12:00-2:00 p.m.; Wednesdays 12:00-2:30 p.m.; Thursdays 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Robert Martínez completed his PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where his dissertation examined the tension between violence, realism, and dystopian expression in British literature and culture of the 1970s and 1980s. He teaches courses in twentieth-century and contemporary British fiction and film. His research and teaching focus on subjects as diverse as post-war and contemporary British and American literature and culture, Cold War history, foreign cinema, satire, postcolonial literature, and popular music (particularly punk, post-punk, and new wave).  Dr. Martínez is also affiliated with EIU's programs in Latin American Studies and Women's Studies.


Frequently Taught Courses

English 3809: Contemporary British & Anglophone Literatures
EIU 4192G: Film & Contemporary Society
English 2950: Transatlantic Literary History: Culture, Literacies, and Technologies I
WGSS 2309G: Introduction to Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
English 4742: Studies in Genre: New Directions in Contemporary Latin American & Latinx Literature and Film



PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, The College of William & Mary


Professional Organizations

Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society (PBK)

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)


Twentieth- and twenty-first-century British literature, film studies, postcolonial literature, popular music and literature.


Selected Publications

“Punk Rock, Thatcher, and the Elsewhere of Northern Ireland: Rethinking the Politics of Popular Music,” Journal of Midwest Modern Language Association Vol. 48 Issue 1

“The Satirical Theater of the Female Body: The Role of Women in Martin Amis’s The Rachel Papers, Dead Babies, and Money: A Suicide Note.”  The Martin Amis Web, associated with the BBC Education Web Guide

Selected Conference Presentations



Funding & Grants




Mentored Honors Theses:
Hannah Grace Osborne, “Truly, It Felt Like Year One”: Rethinking Gender and Identity in the Early Works of Angela Carter (winner of URSCA Grant)

Hannah Wilkes, "Mother Earth, Father God": The Binary Power of Religion and Gender in the Writing of Jeanette Winterson and Music of Torres (winner of URSCA Grant)

Ben Cravens, Linguistic Revolution: Learning How to Revitalize the Humanities

Grace Ann Gustafson, Confined Women and Their Resistance Against Patriarchy



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Department of English

600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
Fax: (217) 581-7209

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