Dr Jesús Pérez-Magallón is Director of Graduate Studies of the Department of Hispanic Studies.
He was an undergraduate in Hispanic Philology at the Universidad de Barcelona, where he received his Licenciatura. He pursued doctoral education in Philadelphia, at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught before coming to McGill in 1992. He has been Full Professor since 1999.
Dr Pérez-Magallón’s principal area of research lies in the origins of modernity, particularly in the transition from the Baroque to the Enlightenment and nineteenth-century intellectual history. His publications in this area include books on En torno a las ideas literarias de Mayans (Alicante: Instituto Juan Gil-Albert, 1992), El teatro neoclásico (Madrid: Ediciones del Laberinto, 2001) and Construyendo la modernidad. La cultura española en el tiempo de los novatores (1675-1725) (Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2002). His editions and co-editions include Leandro Fernández de Moratín, Francisco Gutiérrez de los Ríos, Conde de Fernán-Núñez, Tomás de Iriarte and Nicolás Fernández de Moratín, as well as critical collections on Golden Age Drama and Culture between 19th and 20th centuries. His edition of the Complete Works by Nicolás and Leandro Fernández de Moratín is expected to appear in 2008. In addition to standard research grants awarded since 1994, Dr Pérez-Magallón contributes to an international Major collaborative research initiatives (MCRI) SSHRC-funded project on “The Hispanic Baroque: Complexity in the First Atlantic System,” in which he coordinates the research line on Conflicting Identities. His research was awarded McGill University-Faculty of Arts Award for High Distinction in Research (2000).
He has jointly edited, with different colleagues, a number of collections of essays on Hispanic cultural topics, such as Golden Age Drama and the Spanish Culture between 19th and 20th centuries, some of them are the proceedings of international colloquia held in Valladolid, Spain, co-sponsored by McGill University and Universitas Castellae. Dr Pérez-Magallón has written extensively on theatre issues, Baroque and Enlightenement culture, romantic and realist topics, and contemporary writers. He is the General Editor of Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos and is joint editor of the journal Hecho Teatral.
Within the Department, Dr Pérez-Magallón teaches courses ranging from the Renaissance and Baroque to Contemporary Spanish Culture.