Manuel Cuellar

Prof. Manuel R. Cuellar

Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature
Address: Phillips Hall
[email protected]

Manuel R. Cuellar focuses on Mexican literary and cultural studies with an emphasis on race, gender, and sexuality. He holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Spanish and Italian from the University of California, Los Angeles. Trained in colonial and modern Latin American literatures, Dr. Cuellar engages questions of performance, especially as they concern dance, indigeneity, and negritud in Mexico, combining ethnographic fieldwork, archival research, and studies of contemporary and classical Nahuatl. His current book project, tentatively titled Assemblages of a Festive Nation: Queer Embodiments and Dancing Histories of Mexico, examines embodied cultural performances in contemporary Mexico. 


Book Manuscript
“Assemblages of a Festive Nation: Queer Embodiments and Dancing Histories of Mexico”— in preparation
“La escenificación de lo mexicano y la interpelación de un público nacional: la Noche Mexicana de 1921” in Mexican Transnational Cinema and Literature. Eds. Maricruz Castro Ricalde, Mauricio Díaz Calderón, and James Ramey. Peter Lang. (2017)
Angela Marino and Manuel Cuellar. “Fiesta Performance as Epistemology,” Performance Research, 20 (January 2015): 123-135. 
“La bio-política en contra de sí. Víctimas y contra-víctimas en el México contemporáneo” by Estelle Tarica. Heridas abiertas. Biopolítica y representación en América Latina. Eds. Ignacio Sánchez Prado and Mabel Moraña. Iberoamericana & Vervuert. (2014)

Classes Taught

Spanish 4480: Studies in Latinx Cultural Production
Spanish 4450: Mexican Literature and Culture
Spanish 3570: Women Writers of Spain and Latin America
Spanish 3550:  Queer Latin America 
Spanish 3410: Latin American Short Fiction
Spanish 3100: General Readings in Spanish and Latin American Literature