Dr Rodrigo Lopez Martinez


I am an Assistant Professor / Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies in the School of Modern Languages. I previously studied Literature, with a focus on Literary Theory, at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), received a PhD in Latin American Cultural Studies from the University of Manchester (UK), and worked in the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Aberdeen (UK).

My current research studies representations of psychotherapy and mental health in Latin American cinema and TV. With an interdisciplinary approach to Screen Studies and Medical Humanities, I examine how cultural perceptions of mental health illnesses and treatment have an influence on—and are influenced by—the broader social organization of life.

I am also interested in the links between psychoanalysis and literature in Argentina and Spain. Through the lens of Transatlantic Studies, I focus on authors and periodicals that transmitted psychoanalytic ideas from Argentina into Spain and used them as a vehicle for articulating debates about democratic culture and driving literary experimentation.

My monograph The Avant-Garde after Bolaño will be published by Liverpool University Press. It examines how the paradigmatic impact of the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño on Latin American literature has reshaped and revived the idea of the avant-garde in contemporary fiction.

I have also published peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Latin American Research Review, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, and Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies.

Research Interests

My current research interests include:

  • Latin American and Iberian cinema and TV
  • 20th- and 21st-century literature
  • Avant-garde art in Latin America
  • Psychoanalysis and Medical Humanities
  • Transatlantic Studies

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2023 López Martínez, R. (2023) 'An Author without a Nation: Fictional Renderings of Leopoldo Lugones in Argentine Literature'. Latin American Research Review, . [Link] [DOI] [Full-Text]
2022 López Martínez, R. (2022) 'The Avant-Garde Is Dead, Long Live the Avant-Garde: Glauber Rocha’s Rereading of Brazilian Modernismo and Di Cavalcanti'. Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 31 . [Link] [DOI]
2022 López Martínez, R. (2022) 'Essays in (Transatlantic) Transition: The Argentine Journal Sitio (1981–1987) and Alberto Cardín's Como si nada (1981)'. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 99 . [Link] [DOI]
2022 López Martínez, R. (2022) 'Bolañesque Affects: Communities of Poets in Diego Trelles Paz’s El círculo de los escritores asesinos and Alejandro Zambra’s Poeta chileno'. Romance Studies, 40 . [Link] [DOI]
2022 López Martínez, R. (2022) 'Alberto Cardín, yo mismo: transatlantic essayism and psychoanalysis in Como si nada (1981)'. Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 23 . [Link] [DOI]

Other Journal

Year Publication
2022 Rodrigo López Martínez (2022) 'Revista Sitio (1981-87): La apelación al ensayo en la transición democrática argentina' Artes del Ensayo: Revista Internacional sobre el Ensayo Hispánico, 4 :167-183. [Link] https://doi.org/10.31009/ae.i22.08 [Full-Text]
2020 Rodrigo López Martínez (2020) 'El vicio de criticar: Teoría, crítica y polémica según Alberto Cardín' Kamchatka: Revista de Análisis Cultural, 16 :493-519. [Link] https://doi.org/10.7203/KAM.16.17790 [Full-Text]
2019 Rodrigo López Martínez (2019) 'Glauber antropófago: Mal de archivo, del manifiesto Pau-Brasil a Di-Glauber' Zama: Revista del Instituto de Literatura Hispanoamericana, 11 (11) :59-68. [Link] https://doi.org/10.34096/zama.a11.n11.7342 [Full-Text]
2018 Rodrigo López Martínez (2018) 'Un final feliz: La crítica literaria, entre el fin del análisis y el fin de la literatura' RECIAL: Revista del Ciffyh Área Letras, 9 (14) . [Link] https://doi.org/10.53971/2718.658x.v9.n14.22862 [Full-Text]
2018 Rodrigo López Martínez (2018) '2666: El post-apocalipsis según Roberto Bolaño' Catedral Tomada: Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, 6 (10) :25-42. [Link] https://doi.org/10.5195/ct/2018.307 [Full-Text]

Book Review

Year Publication
2019 Rodrigo López Martínez (2019) Sobre Qwertyuiop (Ensayos 4), de Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio. Buenos Aires: [Book Review] [Link]
2017 Rodrigo López Martínez (2017) La Escuela Neolacaniana de Buenos Aires, de Ricardo Strafacce. Buenos Aires: [Book Review] [Link] [Full-Text]
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Employer Position From / To
Maynooth University Assistant Professor / Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies 15/03/2024 -
University of Aberdeen Teaching Fellow in Spanish and Latin American Studies 01/09/2022 - 15/03/2024

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
18/04/2024 University of Aberdeen Excellence Awards (Best Undergraduate Lecturer) University of Aberdeen
01/04/2024 AHGBI Early Career Academic Award Association of Hispanists of Great Britain & Ireland
01/12/2023 SLAS Post-Doctoral Research Award Society for Latin American Studies
01/09/2023 MLA Professional Development Grant Modern Language Association
01/04/2023 University of Aberdeen Excellence Awards (Best Undergraduate Lecturer) University of Aberdeen
04/06/2022 James Whiston Memorial Prize (Most Outstanding Article) Bulletin of Spanish Studies
01/04/2022 University of Manchester Outstanding Staff Award University of Manchester
01/09/2019 PhD Studentship in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures University of Manchester
01/12/2018 Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award University of Buenos Aires


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
01/09/2019 University of Manchester PhD Latin American Cultural Studies
01/03/2014 University of Buenos Aires BA + MA Literature

Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Modern Language Association Member -
Society for Latin American Studies Member -
Association of Hispanists of Great Britain & Ireland Member -
Latin American Studies Association Member -

Editorial / Academic Reviews

Amount Role From / To
Literatura y Linguística Reviewer -
Taller de Letras Reviewer -
Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies Reviewer -


Language Reading Writing Speaking
Spanish Fluent Fluent Fluent
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Functional Functional Functional
Catalan Functional Basic Basic