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Mirzam C Pérez

Associate Professor
Department Chair of Spanish

Primary Academic Interests:

Theater/Performance, Transatlantic Studies, Visual Culture, and Early Modern Spanish Literature

Current Research:

The Politics of Feast and Space: Academic Festival Books and the Rise of Institutional Power in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America

The Comedia of Virginity: Mary and the Politics of Seventeenth-Century Spanish Theater. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2012. 

“Buscando la procesión: polarización y controversia en mapas inspirados por una relación de fiestas de la Universidad de Salamanca (1618)” In Teatro y fiesta popular y religiosa Mariela Insúa and Martina Vinatea Eds. Pamplona, Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Navarra, 2013. Colección BIADIG (Biblioteca Áurea Digital), 20 / Publicaciones Digitales del GRISO.  http://www.unav.edu/publicacion/teatro-fiesta/

“Teaching Mesoamerican Indigenous Codices: Early Modern Visual Culture in the Liberal Arts    Language Classroom “ Journal of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages        ADFL, Fall 2014, 43(2).

“From the Street to the Stage: Performing Faith in the Virgin’s Immaculacy at the University of Salamanca”Bulletin of the Comediantes. 64.1(2012).

“In the Gilded Cage: Chocolate and Widowhood in Calderón de la Barca’s El pésame de la viuda”GESTOS: Revista de teoría y práctica del teatro hispánico. 26.5. (2011):57-92.

Honors and Awards:

NEH Summer Institute. Pictorial Histories and Myth Histories: Graphic Novels of the Mixtecs and Aztecs. June 29-July 26, 2014.

Andrew W. Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography. Newberry Center for Renaissance     Studies. June 2013

Harris Research Fellowship for Academic Year 2013-2014.

NEH Summer Institute on Mapping and Art in the Americas 2010 (Newberry Library).

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Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-4290

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On-Campus Address: 

217B Alumni Recitation Hall
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States