Dr Emma Staniland

Teaching Fellow in Spanish & Latin American Studies Modern Languages Admissions Tutor

School/Department: Arts, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2689



I completed all of my degrees at the University of Leicester and was awarded my PhD in 2010. I have worked as a Teaching Fellow in Modern Languages since 2009 leading language-acquisition modules and cultural studies modules on diverse topics from Spain and Latin America. My research-led teaching contributions include a final year module based on my doctoral thesis and subsequent monograph and a second-year module on another of my areas of interest Latinx literature and culture in the USA. In 2016 I developed and led on a project investigating in Modern Languages students' experiences of stress and anxiety. Based on its findings I created a series of student support workshops for each year group in the ML department. Those workshops have since been adapted for other departments and rolled out across the University as part of their Welcome Week events programme. I continue to lead those sessions in Modern Languages along with my colleague Teaching Fellow in French Dr Michelle Harrison. In July 2017 I was very proud to be awarded a University of Leicester Distinguished Teaching Fellowship for my pedagogical achievements. 


My monograph Gender & the Self in Latin American Literature (Routledge 2016) explored six 20th-century novels in which the ‘coming-of-age story’ served as a framework for critiquing gender identity. Myth exile and the female body provided three central tropes for examining the sociopolitical aims of the Post-Boom women writers whose work I studied (Allende (Chile) Esquivel (Mexico) Mastretta (Mexico) Molloy (Argentina) Peri Rossi (Uruguay) and Valdés (Cuba)) showing how they sought to reveal the socially-constructed culturally-contingent open-ended nature of gendered identities. Currently I am completing an edited volume entitled Women and Water in Global Fiction (Routledge 2022 co-ed. Dr Liz Jones UoL) which explores the persistent cultural connection of women with the varied forms and associations of the water element - rivers lakes seas fluidity formlessness water goddesses mermaids - as depicted in literature from around the world. These diverse chapters present a broad-reaching examination of how this historically-entrenched association has served to entrap women furthering the aims of the Patriarchy and to empower them furthering the aims of Feminism.


(0) Staniland, Emma, 'Fighting the Opposition: Lack and Excess in Cuban and Cuban-American Narratives of Selfhood', in Comparative American Studies, Vol. 12, No.3 (2014) (pp.190-204)

Staniland, Emma, Gender and the Self in Latin American Literature, (Routledge, 2016)

Staniland, Emma & Jones, Elizabeth, Women and Water in Global Fiction, (Routledge, 2022).


I would be very interested in supervising postgraduate work on any topic related to Latin American at the intersection of feminisms literature and culture as well as on Latinx literature and culture in the USA.


I teach modules across the Spanish and Latin American Studies department's curriculum including: SP1022 Introduction to Spanish & Latin American Studies SP1031 Introduction to Latin American Literature & Film SP1020-1021 Spanish Language (Beginners) SP2005 Spanish Language (Post-Beginners) SP2070 Latinx Literature and Culture in the USA SP3161 Gender in the Spanish American Development Novel


In 2017 I was awarded a University of Leicester Distinguished Teaching Fellowship for my pedagogical acievements.


Society for Latin American Studies annual conference 2019 (co-organiser)


BA French & Spanish (University of Leicester) MA Humanities & Modern Languages (University of Leicester) PhD (University of Leicester) Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)
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