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Dr Natasha Tanna

Natasha Tanna
Position(s): 
Lecturer in Spanish at Christ’s College
Department/Section: 
Spanish & Portuguese
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 334921
Location: 

Christ’s College, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge, CB2 3BU​, United Kingdom

About: 

Natasha Tanna specialises in modern Latin American, Spanish, and Catalan literature and culture. Her research areas include gender, feminism, sexuality, exile, diaspora, and transnational identities. Her doctoral thesis won the 2017-2018 Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland Annual Publication Prize with Legenda. Her forthcoming book explores queer temporalities, genealogies, and alternative communities in works published from the 1960s onwards by the Catalan Maria-Mercè Marçal, Montevideo-born Cristina Peri Rossi, and Buenos Aires-born Flavia Company. It responds to the following questions: How do queer texts engage traditional perceptions of family, nation, and the literary canon? How do readers and writers connect with their predecessors?

The book engages with poststructuralist, feminist, and queer theorists, including Marta Segarra, Michel Foucault, val flores, José Esteban Muñoz, Elizabeth Meese, Sara Ahmed, and Rosi Braidotti. Whereas conventional understandings of genealogy emphasise a continuous line of inheritance traced from an origin, Natasha highlights the collaborative creation in these authors’ fragmented, transnational genealogies. A queer bringing together of disparate fragments suggests how we might navigate difference in an increasingly entwined, yet ever more fractious, world in which notions of ‘pure’ or ‘simple’ origins are often violently at odds with disordered and disorderly relationships between people, nations, and texts.

Natasha is currently working on queer literature in the Caribbean, with a particular focus on the Cuban author Ena Lucía Portela. 

Published works: 

Books

Queer Genealogies in Transnational Barcelona: Maria-Mercè Marçal, Cristina Peri Rossi, and Flavia Company (Legenda, forthcoming)

Articles and Book Chapters

‘Unravelling compulsory happiness in exile: Cristina Peri Rossi’s The Ship of Fools (Feminist Theory, first published June 2018)

‘La propiedad, la impropiedad y la posteridad: la figura del autor/a en la narrativa de Cristina Peri Rossi’ in Erotismo, transgresión y exilio: las voces de Cristina Peri Rossi, ed. Jesús Gómez de Tejada (Publicaciones Universidad de Sevilla, 2017)

 ‘Sapphic Literary Genealogy in Maria-Mercè Marçal's La passió segons Renée Vivien’ in Maria-Mercè Marçal: Her Life in Words, ed. Noèlia Díaz Vicedo (The Anglo-Catalan Society’s Occasional Publications, 2017)

Reviews

Exilio en el espacio literario argentino de la posdictadura. By María Inés Cisterna Gold.’ (Modern Language Review, Vol. 111, No. 3, July 2016, pp. 892-893)

‘Noèlia Díaz Vicedo, Constructing Feminine Poetics in the Works of a Late-20th-Century Catalan Woman Poet: Maria-Mercè Marçal and Montserrat Abelló and Noèlia Díaz Vicedo (trans.), Maria-Mercè Marçal's The Body's Reason: Poems in Catalan’ (Journal of Catalan Studies, 2014, ix-xiv)