Dr Maite Usoz de la Fuente

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Lecturer in Spanish
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Department: Modern Languages

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2660

Email: mudlf1@le.ac.uk

Office: Room 1105, Attenborough Tower

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Personal details


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.


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



  • Urban Space, Identity and Postmodernity in 1980s Spain. Rethinking the Movida (Oxford: Legenda Books, 2015)

Edited volumes

  • New Perspectives on the Modern Spanish Canon. Visibility, Cultural Capital and the Academy (co-edited with Stuart Davis, Oxford: Legenda Books, 2018)

Book chapters and journal articles

  • ‘Literatura de la crisis versus literatura en crisis. Some reflections on Spain’s shifting literary landscape’, in International Journal of Iberian Studies (forthcoming 2019)
  • ‘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, 2016)
  • ‘¿De la movida no queda nada? El hispanismo ante (sub-)cultural efímeras’, in Los límites del hispanismo: nuevos métodos, nuevas fronteras, nuevos géneros, ed. Santiago Pérez-Isasi (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2016)
  • ‘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. My more recent research is concerned with the work of two contemporary Spanish writers, Belén Gopegui and Marta Sanz, and with literary representations of the 2008 crisis and its social, cultural and political effects in Spain.


  • SP1022 Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • SP1051 A History of Spain
  • SP2023 The Spanish Civil War
  • SP2042 The Spanish Silver Age: A Revolution in Writing (1900-1950)
  • SP3010/SP3005 Final Year Spanish Language
  • SP3162 Contemporary Women’s Writing in Spain
  • SP3165 Spain and its Others


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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