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Dr Axel Perez Trujillo

Assistant Professor

BA (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), PhD (University of Alberta)

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Assistant Professor in the School of Modern Languages and CulturesER236, Elvet Riverside II+44 (0) 191 33 42360


Dr. Pérez Trujillo works on the intersection between philosophy, ecology, and literature in Latin America. Drawing from research in the Environmental Humanities, his projects address the complex relationships between culture and nature as they are manifested in literature. His work has led him to complete research throughout the Americas: Canada, Mexico, and Brazil.

His first book project engages with the continental imaginaries of the plains in nineteenth and twentieth century literatures in Latin America, revealing the settler ecologies behind the metaphors of the plains as empty and barren lands. Having studied under Enrique Dussel at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), he is particularly invested in engaging with the issues raised by the Philosophy of Liberation in his environmental readings of literary texts.

He is currently working on monoculture and extractivist epistemologies in the Gran Chaco bioregion, at the borderlands between Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. He is invested in exploring the role of yerba mate imaginaries in Horacio Quiroga (Uruguay), Augusto Roa Bastos (Paraguay), and Hélio Serejo (Brazil).

Research interests

  • Latin American Ecocriticism
  • Philosophy of Liberation
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Brazilian Ecocriticism
  • Energy Humanities


Authored book

  • Perez Trujillo, Axel (Forthcoming). Imagining the Plains in Latin America: An Ecocritical Reading. Bloomsbury.

Book review

  • Perez Trujillo Diniz, Axel (2020). Intimate Frontiers: A Literary Geography of the Amazon. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 43(3): 763-765.
  • Perez Trujillo, Axel (2016). Performing Brazil: Essays on Culture, Identity, and the Performing Arts. Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 43(2): 324-327.
  • Pérez, Axel (2013). Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography. Estudios Nietzsche 13(1): 250-252.
  • Pérez, Axel (2011). ¿Nietzsche ha muerto? Memorias del congreso internacional. Revista de Hispanismo Filosófico 16(1): 321-322.
  • Pérez, Axel (2010). Política de la liberación II: Arquitectónica. Revista de Hispanismo Filosófico 15(1): 281-284.

Chapter in book

  • Perez Trujillo, Axel (Forthcoming). Fleeing Ilex Paraguariensis: Yerba Mate Plantations in Horacio Quiroga and Augusto Roa Bastos. In Literary and Cultural Production, World-Ecology and the Global Food System.
  • Perez Trujillo, Axel (Submitted). Exposed Insularity: Documenting an Island of Waste in Ilha das Flores by Jorge Furtado. In The Film Archipelago. Bloomsbury.

Journal Article

Other (Print)

  • Perez Trujillo, Axel (2017). Ninth [Short Story]. 7(1): 16-38.
  • Perez Trujillo, Axel (2016). The Crimson Steppe [Short Story]. 2(1): 6-9.