Matthew Richey

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 442
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Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected May 2020)
M.A., Hispanic Studies, Virginia Tech (May 2015)
B.A., Spanish, Virginia Tech (May 2007)
B.S., Marketing Management, Virginia Tech (May 2007)

Research Interests

  • Consumption, labor, and migration
  • Dystopia and post-war detective fiction
  • Contemporary Central American and Mexican literature
  • The body, space, and the photographic image
  • Advertising and gender


  • Accelerated Elementary Spanish (Fall 2017)
  • Intermediate Spanish (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)


“La señora de Trabanino: intertextualidad y angustia en la posguerra.” El diablo en el espejo: reflexiones críticas sobre la obra de Horacio Castellanos Moya. Eds. María del Carmen Caña Jiménez and Vinodh Venkatesh, Albatros Ediciones, 2016, pp. 63-86.

“Two-Way Mirror: The Two Voices of Exile in La Rambla paralela by Fernando Vallejo.” Cincinnati Romance Review 39 (Fall 2015): 269-284.


“The Brink of Postwar Relapse: Intertextual Anxieties in Three Novels by Horacio Castellanos Moya.” SECOLAS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. March 2017.

“Copy + Paste: On Reconstructing Narratives and Other (Post)-Digital Musings in Nocilla dream by Agustín Fernández Mallo.” MIFLC, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. October 2016.

“Consumed Culture: Hypercapitalism and Disposable Bodies in Contemporary Central American Narrative.” LASA, New York City. May 2016.

“Jesus in a Rented Car: Consumerism and Biblical Narrative in El leproso by Méndez Vides.” SECOLAS, Cartagena, Colombia. March 2016.

“Ladrillos y Ladrones: Economic Violence in Las murallas and El leproso by Méndez Vides.” MIFLC, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. October 2015.

“Commod[e]fication: Bathrooms and Neoliberal Space in Ana Clavel’s El cuerpo naúfrago.” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. April 2015.

Grants & Awards

Harrison Family Foundation Jefferson Scholars Fellow (2015)

Del Greco Library Travel Fellowship (2016)

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences - Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Summer Research Award (2017)