Dr Maite Usoz de la Fuente

Lecturer in Spanish
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  • BA in Modern Languages (Universidad del País Vasco, Spain)
  • MA in Comparative Literature (Royal Holloway College, UK)
  • PhD in Spanish Cultural Studies (King’s College London, UK)

I work on contemporary Spanish literature and culture and my research interests include the work of contemporary Spanish women writers (particularly Belén Gopegui and Marta Sanz), urban studies and spatial theory, and questions of the critical reception, cultural capital and canonicity awarded (or denied) to the work of emerging writers and visual artists in Spain.


  • A History of Spain
  • The Spanish Civil War
  • Spain and its Others


Davis, Stuart and Maite Usoz de la Fuente, eds. 2017. New Perspectives on the Modern Spanish Canon. Visibility, Cultural Capital and the Academy (Oxford: Legenda Books). [forthcoming]

Usoz de la Fuente, Maite. 2016. ‘Gendered Genres: Autofictional versus Autobiographical Readings of Elvira Lindo’s Lo que me queda por vivir (2010), in Feminine Singular: Growing Up Through Life-Writing in the Luso-Hispanic World, ed. Claire Williams and Maria-José Blanco (Oxford: Peter Lang). [forthcoming]

Usoz de la Fuente, Maite. 2015. Urban Space, Identity and Postmodernity in 1980s Spain. Rethinking the Movida (Oxford: Legenda Books).

Usoz de la Fuente, Maite. 2013. ‘Sex and the city: urban eroticism in Rodrigo Muñoz Ballester’s Manuel series’ in Hispanic Research Journal, vol. 14 no. 5, October 2013, 394-408.


My PhD dissertation, which was awarded the 2014 AHGBI publication prize, focuses on the 1970s and 1980s Spanish urban youth movement known as la movida, and, more specifically, on one of its most iconic cultural products, the monthly arts magazine La Luna de Madrid.


I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students, particularly in the following areas:

  • Cultural production in post-Franco Spain
  • Contemporary Spanish women writers
  • Critical re-writings of Spain’s transition to democracy
  • Literary and cultural responses to the 15M or indignados movement
  • Contemporary Spanish visual culture, particularly the work of “Quinta Generación” photographers

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