Diana Roxana Jorza

Faculty Profiles

Diana Jorza

Diana Roxana Jorza

Visiting Assistant Professor
Modern Languages and Cultures
127 Spes Unica


Diana Roxana Jorza is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame. She specializes in modern and contemporary Spanish culture, focusing especially on film, humor, comedy, intellectual history, and the relationship between hegemonic and alternative public spheres. She is currently working on a book manuscript on Spanish film comedy during the first decades of Franco’s regime, drawing upon emotion and media studies alongside film and humor studies, and focusing on a largely unknown cinematic corpus that has greatly contributed to the visibility of new, alternative role models in the harsh period of Franco’s dictatorship. She is the author of several articles on law and humor, dark comedy, political and literary utopias, melodrama, emotion and audience studies, religious and Civil War cinema, Neorealism, etc. In 2016, she organized the MLA special session, "Cinema and Public Spheres in Franco’s Spain". In 2014 she was invited to participate in a round-table discussion on postwar Spain at the University of Notre Dame conference on "Fascism, War, and Historical Schisms in Contemporary Europe."


B.A. and M.A., “Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj Napoca, Romania
M.A., Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D., Princeton University

Areas of Expertise 

  • Modern and contemporary Spanish literature and culture
  • Spanish cinema
  • Spanish postwar comedy
  • Spanish intellectual history

Research Interests 

  • Modern and contemporary Spanish literature and culture
  • Spanish intellectual history
  • Film comedy, humor, and dark humor
  • Melodrama and emotion studies
  • Political and literary utopias

Courses Recently Taught 

  • MLSP 490 Engaging the Emotions in Modern Spanish Culture
  • MLSP 490 In Search of Closure: The Comedy and Melodrama of Adversity in Modern Spanish Culture
  • MLSP 320 Introduction to Hispanic Cultural Studies
  • MLSP 212 Spanish Composition and Grammar
  • MLSP 210  Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • MLSP 111-112 Intermediate Spanish
  • MLSP 101-102 Beginner Spanish

Professional Experience 

  • MLA
  • ACLA