Manuel Rodríguez-Pérez is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. He received an M.A. in Hispanic Studies, B.A. in Spanish, B.S. in Biology, and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. For his Master’s research he examined literature of the late 19th century and looked at the 20th century to determine ways that realism affected the literary movements of each decade. He explored how this “snapshot” of reality may have evolved into the protagonist’s reality in contemporary literature called “fabricated realism”. His current interest focuses on comparing novels from both the Iberian and Yucatán peninsulas to show how the narrative techniques of realist writers, of each region, continue to shape contemporary novels.
- Mexican and Spanish Cinema
- Monsters and Fantasy in Literature
- Spanish in contact with other languages
- 19th and 20th Century Transatlantic Spanish and Portuguese Literature
- Indigenous Literature of the Maya
- Literature of the Spanish Gitano Community
- Fantastic Literature
- Magic Realism
- “Un psicoanálisis de los hombres como herramientas de las musas en Tres tristes tigres.” El Cid XXIX (Summer 2019) (Forthcoming).
- “Un análisis de la psicología y de los aspectos principales que constituyen el personaje de Román en la novela Nada.” 3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, 28th of October, 2017, California State University, Sacramento.
- “Un análisis de la psicología y de los aspectos principales que constituyen el personaje de Román en la novela Nada.” From Ancient to Modern, 3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, California State University, Sacramento, CA, 28 October 2017.
- “El vencimiento del hombre blanco por la mujer negra en Maldito amor de Rosario Ferre.” Gender and Genre: Diversity in Latin American and Iberian Languages and Cultures, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, 17 March 2018.
- “Three Realities at War in Tres tristes tigres.” Power in Dystopia, Boston University, MA, 28 April, 2018.
- “Perfecta en España, México y Estados Unidos.” World Cinema, 4th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, California State University, Sacramento, CA, 27 October 2018.
- “Memoria: infiernos y paraísos en La casa en la playa de Juan García Ponce.” Vistas of Hispanic Studies Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference: Games, Sins and Mafia, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV,16 March 2019.
Selected Awards & Honors
- 2019: UNLV Spanish Department Academic Excellence and Leadership Award
- 2018: Graduate Research Certification
- 2016: Liberal Arts Honor Graduate in Department of World Languages and Cultures
- 2014: Timex Scholarship for Future Leaders and Scholars
- 2004: 48th Annual Wind River Conference of Prokaryotic Biology Fellowship