Dr Natasha Tanna

Dr Natasha Tanna

Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2020

Research summary

I specialise in modern Latin American, Spanish, and Catalan culture, with a particular focus on queer, feminist, and anti-racist literature. My first monograph Queer Genealogies in Transnational Barcelona (Legenda, 2019) was awarded the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland Publication Prize 2018. It explores queer temporalities and ideas of inheritance, with a focus on how queer texts engage traditional perceptions of family, nation, and the literary canon. I am currently working on my second book project provisionally titled The Ecstasy of Influence: Queer Appropriation in Ibero-American Culture in which I analyse and enact rewriting (including plagiarism, curation, transposition, and translation) as a queer aesthetic, paying attention to the legitimising force of certain texts and sites in queer cultural imaginaries.

I am exploring creative/experimental critical writing in my research and teaching, influenced by writers such as Cristina Rivera Garza, Saidiya Hartman, Claudia Rankine and Gloria Anzaldúa.


University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Spanish | 2018


I joined UCL as a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow in January 2020. Before coming to UCL I was Lecturer in Spanish and Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge (2017-2019). 

I completed my PhD (2013-2017), MPhil (2009-10) and BA (2005-2009) at the University of Cambridge and have been a visiting scholar at the Universitat de Barcelona (2015). Between completing my MPhil and PhD degrees I taught at a primary school in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Catalonia (2010-2011), and worked in a number of support services roles at Imperial College London (2011-2013).