Renee Rivera

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E-mail: Office: Rolfe Hall 4314


  • Ph.D. Candidate. Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Los Angeles (2018)
  • Graduate Certificate. Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (2017)
  • M.A. Spanish Literature, University of California, Los Angeles (2015)
  • B.A. Spanish, University of California, Berkeley (2013)
  • B.A. English, University of California, Berkeley (201


Broadly speaking, I am interested in 20th- and 21st-century Peninsular literature, film, and culture, in particular, Spanish popular cinema of the late-Francoist and Transition periods. My work engages with the interdisciplinary fields of gender studies and masculinities studies in order to explore contemporary literary and filmic representations of men and masculinities.

My dissertation will examine the relationship between men, masculinities, and work in both the literary and filmic production of Spanish authors and filmmakers of the late-Francoist and post-Franco periods. This investigation will consider the gendered issue of work and men’s experience of the labor market, as well as the impact of such issues on the construction and representation of Spanish masculinities, particularly in the realm of film. Accordingly, my dissertation will examine the relationship between work and masculine identity formation, considering the role of larger issues, such as national economic crisis, unemployment, workplace competition, immigration, and rural exodus, in this process. Within this framework, I am also interested in the particular interventions of genre, specificially, comedy and the españolada, in filmic representations of Spanish working men.



  • Del Amo Fellowship (2017-2018)
  • Graduate Research Mentorship (2016-2017); Director: Professor Maite Zubiaurre
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (2015); Director: Professor Maite Zubiaurre

Publications and Presentations

“Violence, Gender and Subjectivity in the GenX Novel: A Comparative Study of José Ángel Mañas’s Historias del Kronen and Lucía Etxebarria’s Beatriz y los cuerpos celestes.” 69th Annual 2016 Kentucky Foreign Language Conference: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference. University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. 15 April 2016.

“Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Against Women in Historias del Kronen.” 10th Annual Samuel G. Armistead Colloquium in Latin American and Peninsular Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. University of California, Davis. Davis, CA. 7 October 2014.

“La necesidad de escribir una novela posguerra y el problema de enhebrar los recuerdos en El libro de la fiebre y El cuarto de atrás de Carmen Martín Gaite.” 11th Annual Graduate Student Conference: Trauma: Voces y Silencios. University of California, Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA. 17 April 2014.