Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Jorge Pérez

ProfessorPh.D., University of California at Santa Barbara

Jorge Pérez


  • Phone: 512-232-4549
  • Office: BEN 4.130
  • Office Hours: MW 2-3:30 pm
  • Campus Mail Code: B3700


20th and 21st century Spanish cinema, novel, and popular culture; queer culture and theory; Latin American cinema


Jorge Pérez is Professor of Iberian Literatures and Cultures. He received his Ph.D. degree in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Cultural Roundabouts: Spanish Film and Novel on the Road (Bucknell UP, 2011) and Confessional Cinema: Religion, Film, and Modernity in Spain’s Development Years (forthcoming, University of Toronto Press), and is the co-editor of The Latin American Road Movie (Palgrave). 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. Before joining the faculty at UT, Austin, he received the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas 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. 


ILA 387 • Relig/Mod In 20th/21st Cen.

45760 • Fall 2017
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM BEN 1.118

In this course, we will examine the role of religion in the process of modernization Spain has undergone in the 20th and early 21st century. The starting point will be to challenge three conceptual platitudes ingrained in the field: 1) Spain’s modernization did not start until the end of the Franco regime in 1975; 2) the assumption that religion was an obstacle to that supposedly belated modernization; 3) religion has always been co-opted by politically conservative forces and, thereby, is irrelevant to academic studies of the worthy liberal cultural tradition in Spain. Drawing on a body of post-secular theory (Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, Talal Asad, and José Casanova), we will probe the tendency to theorize Spain’s path to modernity (loosely defined and simplistically confused with modernization) through the prism of a secularist position that obliterates religion from the cultural archive. By analyzing key literary texts and films, we will zoom in on several crucial historical moments when religion was at the forefront of cultural debates:

-In intellectual debates leading up to the Spanish Civil War

-Its appropriation as a political tool from both sides of the war conflict

-Its role as a double-edged sword to legitimize or destabilize the Franco regime

-Its role to shape the course of the transition to a modern democracy

-Religion in Spain’s multicultural society today

Texts include San Manuel Bueno, Mártir (Miguel de Unamuno), Réquiem por un campesino español (Ramón J. Sender), Tiempo de silencio (Luis Martín Santos), and Reivindicación del Conde don Julián (Juan Goytisolo). Also, we will analyze films by Basilio Martín Patino, Luis César Amadori, Carlos Saura, Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro Amenábar, and Icíar Bollaín. Theoretical readings will include texts by Giorgio Agamben, Emile Durkheim, Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, Charles Taylor, and Max Weber.

SPN 328C • Intro To Literatures/Culs

46515 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM PAR 206
(also listed as LAS 370S)

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Taught in Spanish. Overview of Iberian and/or Latin American literatures and cultures, including the arts and popular expressions, from a multidisciplinary perspective. Among the regions studied are Spain; North, Central, and South America; the Caribbean; and related areas in Africa.

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