Department: Filología Inglesa, Francesa y Alemana

Area: English Philology


María Fernández Díaz obtained her BA in English from the University of Oviedo in 2020. After finishing her degree, she obtained a MA in Gender and Diversity from the University of Oviedo in 2021. She proceeded to enroll in the PhD programme in Gender and Diversity at the University of Oviedo, and holds a FPU Research and Teaching Fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education since December 2021. She is currently a member of the Spanish research group Intersecciones: Contemporary Literatures, Cultures & Theories, whose research aims to explore theoretical and cultural intersections within a European and transnational context, concentrating specifically on Anglophone, Hispanic and Germanic areas. Her doctoral thesis, entitled “The self-representation of contemporary Muslim British women authors: from strangers to the cosmopolitan Generation M”, is situated within the fields of postcolonial literary studies and gender studies. In her research, María Fernández Díaz seeks to uncover issues of displacement, cosmopolitan identities and transnational solidarities in a corpus of contemporary British novels written by diasporic Muslim, Arab and African women authors. Her investigations are also concerned with the role of religion in postcolonial writing. María Fernández Díaz recently carried out a research visit at the Centre for Women’s Studies at the University of York (March-June 2023).