Renee Rivera

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E-mail: Office: Rolfe Hall 4327


  • 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 (2013)


Broadly speaking, I am interested in 20th- and 21st-century Peninsular literature and culture, in particular, the post-Transition Spanish novel. My work engages with the interdisciplinary fields of gender studies and masculinities studies in order to explore contemporary literary and cultural representations of masculinity.

My dissertation will examine the relationship between masculinities and work in both the literary and filmic production of Spanish authors and filmmakers of the post-Franco period (1975 to the present). This investigation will consider the impact of social and economic transformations on the construction and representation of masculinities, specifically, the gendered experience of the national economic crises of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Accordingly, my dissertation will examine work as a site of masculine identity formation, considering the role of larger issues, such as structural unemployment and workplace competition, in this process. Within this framework, I am also interested in the complex interactions of Spanish literary and filmic masculinities with other identity markers, such as sexuality, regional affiliation (nation), and class.

I have also been an active member of Mester, the academic journal published by the graduate students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA, since 2015. It is my privilege to serve as the editor-in-chief of the forthcoming forty-seventh issue.

I will also serve the Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Association (SPGSA) board as secretary for the 2017-2018 academic year.



  • 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.