Diana Rosa Battaglia

Diana Rosa Battaglia

Research Postgraduate Student, Teaching Assistant and Language Tutor

Summary: Contemporary Cuban detective fiction, Cuban literature, Representation of cultural identity in literature, Spanish language.

Location: Michael Sadler Building

Teaching Commitments: SPPO2430-1 Modern Spanish American Literature, SPPO1010 Language Skills Spanish 1, SPPO1160 Cultural production from Spain and LA, FLTU1803 Beginners Spanish language, FLTU1603 Beginners Italian language, MODL5040M Interpreting Skills - Italian.


Research Project

My research project  investigated the representation of Cuban identities in Leonardo Padura Fuentes’s detective fiction as a complex construction based on historical events, cultural traditions and symbolical images. My study of Padura’s work is focused on the narrative representation of the categories of time and space and the influence they have on the process of identity formation in contemporary Cuba. As a result my thesis shows how Padura uses the narrative discourse to deconstruct the official image of Cuban national identity to reconstruct, then, a wider, hybrid and more complex definition of Cubanness.

My research has been generously funded by the University of Leeds

Research Interests:

Contemporary Latin American literature, especially Cuban literature and the works of Leonardo Padura Fuentes; Relationship between literature, cultural identity and society in Cuba and Latin America; Contemporary Spanish and Latin American detective fiction.

Impact Activities

November 2013: Institute of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (ICPS) community outreach event.

As the PG representative for the Institute of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies(ICPS), University of Leeds I have organized the 2013 ICPS community outreach event in collaboration with Abbey Grange Academy  in Leeds.

November 2012: collaboration with the Widening participation event for A-level students organized at the University of Leeds .

Seminars and conferences organised

Co-organizer and collaborator with the annual ICPS (Institute of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, University of Leeds) and PSA (Postcolonial Studies Association) Postgraduate Conference -Re-evaluating the Postcolonial City: Production, Reconstruction, Representation, February 2012 at the University of Leeds.

Organizer of the University of Leeds interdisciplinary seminar series Literature without borders year 2011-2012.

Administrative responsibilities

2013 PG representative for the Institute of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (ICPS), University of Leeds.

2012-2014 Cordinator of the conversation club in Spanish language (SPPO 1010) 


BA in Modern Languages and International Communication  (University of Catania, Italy)

MA Modern  Languages (University of Catania, Italy)