Diana Villanueva Romero

Diana Villanueva Romero is an Associate Professor (Profesora Contratada Doctora) at the English Department of the University of Extremadura, Spain. Her field of expertise is Anglophone environmental literature. Within this discipline she has paid special attention to literary animal studies as well as ecofeminism. She is one of the founding members of GIECO, Research Group in Ecocriticism of the Franklin Institute, University of Alcalá, and holds a PhD in American Studies from the same institution. She is also part of the research group CILEM at the University of Extremadura. Her commitment to ecocriticism is shown also by her involvement in the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment (EASLCE). She was a member of its Advisory Board from 2012 to 2016 and one of the Managing Editors of its journal, Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, from 2014 to 2020. Her research interests so far have taken her to a variety of places such as the University of Arizona in Tucson, the University of Nevada, Reno, Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), and the Rachel Carson Center in Munich where she was a fellow from February to July of 2019. In 2018 she was the recipient of the SAAS/Fulbright scholarship. She is currently involved in three research projects: “EnviroCitizen: Citizen Science for Environmental Citizenship” (GA No 872557) funded by the European Union, “Angels of the Ecosystem?” (GV/2020/029) financed by the Generalitat Valenciana, Spain, and Aglaya “Innovation Strategies in Cultural Myth-Criticism” (H2019/HUM-5714 AGLAYA-CM Grupo GIECO) funded by the Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid and the European Social Fund. Her latest publication is “Literary Primatology: Reading Primatology in Ape Fiction” Atlantis 43.1. pp. 1-19.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2966-5511



“Literary Primatology: Reading Primatology in Ape Fiction” Atlantis 43.1, pp. 1-19. 2021. DOI: 10.28914/Atlantis-2021-43.1.01 (ISSN: 0210-6124; e-ISSN: 1989-6840).

“The Animal Teacher in Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael.Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos 22, pp. 305-325. 2018. DOI: 10.12795/REN.2018.i22.13 (ISSN 1133-309-X)

 “The Modern Pygmalion: Crossing Boundaries in Peter’s Goldsworthy’s Wish.” Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 77, pp. 177-190. 2018. (e-ISNN: 2530-8335)

 “Posthuman Spaces of Relation: Literary Responses to the Species Boundary in Primate Literature.” Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism 4 (1-2), pp. 81-94. 2016. (Online ISSN 2280-9643 – Print ISSN 2283-3196)

“A Material Reading of Brenda Peterson’s Animal Heart.” Forum for World Literature Studies 6.1,  pp. 6-23. 2014. (ISSN: 1949-8519)

 “‘Savage Beauty’: Representations of Women as Animals in PETA’s Campaigns and Alexander McQueen’s Fashion Shows.” Feminismo/s. Revista del Centro de Estudios sobre la Mujer 22, pp. 147-175. 2013. (ISNN: 1696-8166; e-ISNN: 1989-9998)

 “Reflections on Literature and Environment: An Interview with Scott Slovic.” Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 1.2, pp. 67-86. 2010. DOI: 10.37536/ECOZONA.2010.1.2.363 (ISSN 2171-9594)

 “Gary Snyder’s Ecology of Family.” REDEN: Revista Española de Estudios Norteamericanos 21, pp. 45-61. 2001. (ISSN 1131-9674.

Book Chapters

 “Antispeciesism and Environmentalism in the Spanish Fable: The Case of José Antonio Jáuregui’s Juicio a los humanos.” Spanish Thinking about Animals. Margarita Carretero-González (ed.). (MSU Press, 2020).

 “Una visión alterhumana del futuro del planeta: Ishmael y Juicio a los humanos.” In Representaciones culturales de la naturaleza no-humana: aproximaciones desde la ecocrítica y los estudios sociales. Margarita Carretero y José Marchena Domínguez (eds.). (Universidad de Cádiz, 2018).

“Dismantling ‘Conceptual Straitjackets’ in Peter Dickinson’s Eva.” International Ecocriticism: Young Voices. Serpil Oppermann (ed.). (Lexington Books, 2014).

 “Entrevista con Scott Slovic: reflexiones sobre literatura y medio ambiente.” Ecocríticas. Literatura y medio ambiente. Carmen Flys Junquera, José Manuel Marrero Henríquez y Julia Barella Vigal (eds.). (Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2010).

Edited Books

Villanueva Romero, Diana, Lorraine Kerslake and Carmen Flys-Junquera. Imaginative Ecologies: Inspiring Change through the Humanities. (Brill. 2021).

Villanueva Romero, Diana, Carolina Amador Moreno, y Manuel Sánchez García. Voice and Discourse in the Irish Context. Palgrave Macmillan. 2017.