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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Neus Penalba

Neus Penalba
Teaching Associate in Modern Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies, Iberian Literature
Spanish & Portuguese
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Neus Penalba holds a PhD in Literature, awarded by Universitat de Girona (Spain) and a MA in Literary Theory from Université Paris-Diderot (Paris-VII, France). Her research and teaching activities center on contemporary Iberian literature and culture, with a focus on Catalan contemporary literature. She is a specialist in the work of the Catalan novelist Mercè Rodoreda and she has studied the aesthetic elements in Rodoreda’s posthumous novel, Death in Spring, using European 20th ethnofiction in literature and cinema and the pictorial primitivism of the avant-garde. In her current book project, she studies narratives of extinction in Iberian literatures, analyzing how the representation of ecosystems and cultural loss are interlaced in the works of many Spanish, Galician, and Catalan authors. Neus has previously taught at Université Vincennes-Saint Dennis (Paris-8) and Université Lumière-Lyon 2, in France; at Reed College in the United States; at Université de Montréal in Canada and, in Spain, at Universitat Rovira i Virgili and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

Teaching interests: 
  • 20th and 21st century Spanish and Catalan literatures
  • Contemporary Iberian cinema and visual culture.
Research interests: 
  • Iberian and Latin American literature, film and culture
  • Environmental Humanities (Ecocriticism, Food Studies, Studies on Touristification)
  • Post-colonial studies