Jorge Pérez

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Associate Professor
Chair, Spanish and Portuguese
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2628
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590


His research interests include 20th and 21st century Spanish film, novel, and popular culture. He is the author of Cultural Roundabouts: Spanish Film and Novel on the Road (Bucknell UP, 2011). He has published articles in ALEC, Anuario de Estudos Literarios Galegos, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, España Contemporánea, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Siglo XXI, and Studies in Hispanic Cinemas. He has also co-edited a Special Issue of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies (10.2, 2009) on the topic of Spanish popular music. He is currently working on a book-length project that explores the relationship of film with religion during the late Franco period in Spain. He has received the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2011. He was previously awarded the Cramer Professorship from 2006 to 2008 for excellence in research and teaching and was recognized in 2009 for excellence in graduate teaching by the Center for Teaching Excellence at KU. Dissertators working with Prof. Pérez have recently or are currently working on topics such as the representation of violence in contemporary Spanish film and novel, the re-writing of fairy tales in 21st-century Spanish culture, and Spanish queer fiction.

Teaching Interests

  • Modern Spanish Literature, Spanish Cinema, Spanish Language and Culture

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st Century Spanish Literature and Culture, Spanish Cinema, Spanish Queer Studies

Selected Publications

Perez, Jorge. Confessional Cinema: Religion, Film, and Modernity in Spain's Development Years (1960-1975). University of Toronto Press, January/June. Forthcoming.

Perez, Jorge. The Latin American Road Movie. Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming.

Perez, Jorge. "Directoras españolas al volante: La road movie como viaje de concienciación ética." Gynocine. Teoría de género, filmología y praxis cinematográfica. Ed. Barbara Zecchi. December 2013.

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