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Dr Yarí Pérez Marín

Associate Professor / Director of Studies

BA Harvard; MA, PhD Brown

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Associate Professor / Director of Studies in the School of Modern Languages and CulturesA22, Elvet Riverside I+44 (0) 191 33 44595
Member of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture  
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  


Before coming to Durham, I was Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern University, and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. I have two main areas of research: contemporary Latin American cinema and media, on the one hand, and on the other, 16th and 17th century Hispanic literature and culture with an emphasis on the history of science in transatlantic contexts. My work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Institute for Citizens & Scholars.

At the undergraduate level, I convene a final-year module, Representing Women: Sex and Power in Colonial Latin America, and co-convene a second-year module, Race and Gender in Latin American Cinema. I also contribute to Identity in the Spanish-Speaking World and Spanish Texts, as well as to The Art of the Moving Image 2: Theories and Contexts. At the postgraduate level, I am part of the teaching and supervisory teams in the MA in Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the MA in Translation Studies

Recent talks

*2021, ARTES & Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art: 'Illustrating medical treatment in colonial Latin America' (in English)

*2021, Pleibéricos podcast, Interview by Esther Gimeno Ugalde (University of Vienna) about Marvels of Medicine: Literature and Scientific Enquiry in Early Colonial Spanish America, Liverpool UP, 2020 (in Spanish)

*2020, VI Seminario de Escrituras Virreinales, Universidad Complutense de Madrid & CSIC: 'Enfermedad y diferencia racial en la literatura médica novohispana del siglo XVI' (in Spanish)

Research interests

  • Early Modern Studies
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Film Studies
  • History of Science and Medicine
  • Caribbean Literature and Culture
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies


Authored book

  • Pérez Marín, Yarí (2020). Marvels of Medicine: Literature and Scientific Enquiry in Early Colonial Spanish America. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

Chapter in book

  • Pérez Marín, Yarí (Forthcoming). The Health of the Soul: Religious Guidance and Medical Practice in Early Colonial Mexico. In Latin American Literature in Transition Pre-1492–1800. Quispe-Agnoli, Rocío & Brian, Amber Cambridge University Press.
  • Pérez Marín, Yarí (2022). Natural History and the Comentarios reales. In Approaches to Teaching the Works of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Mazzotti, José Antonio & Fernández-Palacios, Christian Modern Language Association of America. 76-93.
  • Pérez Marín, Yarí (2021). The Circulation of Knowledge in Early Colonial New Spain: A Plural Landscape. In Early Modern Universities: Networks of Higher Learning. Goeing, Anja-Silvia, Feingold, Mordechai & Parry, Glyn Brill Publishers. 145-162.
  • Pérez Marín, Yarí (2020). Empathy, Patients' Needs, and Therapeutic Innovation in the Medical Literature of Early Viceregal Mexico. In Geopolitics, Culture, and the Scientific Imaginary in Latin America. Page, Joanna & Blanco, María del Pilar Gainesville: University of Florida Press. 103-116.
  • Pérez Marín, Yarí (2015). Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. In The Literary Encyclopedia. The Literary Dictionary Company. 5.1.1.
  • Pérez Marín, Yarí (2014). Lectoras de medicina: el recetario del Convento de la Purísima Concepción. In En torno al documento. Universidad de San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and Colegio de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades (COCISOH), Ecuador. 83-91.
  • Pérez Marín, Yarí (2011). Lecturas en celuloide: el personaje indígena latinoamericano en el 'cine de época'. In Estudios coloniales latinoamericanos en el siglo XXI nuevos itinerarios. Kirk, Stephanie University of Pittsburgh, USA: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana. 183-210.

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