Valentina Caruso

PhD student in Hispanic Studies (faculty scholarship)Valentina Caruso

Previous studies and experience

I am originally from Naples, a town in southern Italy. Following my undergraduate studies in Foreign Languages at the University of Roma Tre, I have completed an MA in Translation Studies at the University of Rome La Sapienza and I have pursued an MA in Latin American Studies at the University of Seville. I am currently a Phd student at the University of Sheffield.
In 2010, I secured a scholarship to investigate Carlos Pellicer’s poetry at UNAM in Mexico City. During that time, the utilization of various research methods led me to effectively execute my project.

Current research

My research deals with the study of Latin American novels whose principal context is the mining industry. The main question the thesis seeks to explore is the nature of and reasons for the discrepancy between a subject matter linked to subalternity and the high cultural capital associated with literary production.

Paper and Presentations

‘Revisiting and rethinking nature-versus-industry in the novels of José María Arguedas and Mario Vargas Llosa’ workshop 'Nature and Knowledge in Latin America: New Historical Perspectives' (May 22, 2015, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London)

The Controversial case of Palomino Molero: Challenging and Confirming Hybridity, conference ‘Conformity & Dissent: Establishing and Challenging Authority Across Cultures'(16th May 2014)


Beside my academic achievements, I worked as a teacher in a Language Academy in Spain. I taught Italian and English to students ranging from 5 years old to adults. In the academic year 2014-2015, I worked as an Italian Teaching Assistant at the University of Sheffield.

Currently, I am an Italian Teaching Assistant and an MA tutor in English-Italian Translation at the University of Sheffield.