115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Spanish and Portuguese (Latin American) II

Session Chair: 
Stephen Tobin, UCLA
Session 6: Saturday 10 – 11:30 am
Henry 202


  1. Anne Connor, Southern Oregon University
    This presentation studies how three women authors of Spanish America and Brazil make use of the fantastic double to explore the unique pressures women experience due to the excessive significance placed on their physical appearance.  Stories by Ana María Shua, Clarice Lispector, and Silvina Ocampo take a second look at the concept of beauty.
  2. Gabriela Bacsan, Scripps College
    In this paper, I analyze the recurring reference to a faded photograph in Pedro Lemebel’s “La noche de los visones.” Through the photograph, the chronicle reconstructs the lives and deaths of three locas amidst the AIDS pandemic in Chile. I argue that the chronicle challenges the construction of a homogenous loca narrative and frames survival in relation to neocolonialism and capitalism.
  3. Jesus Hidalgo, University of Washington
    Peruvian journalist Phillip Butters’ novel Muerte súbita. La historia que los hinchas no conocen (2006) depicts a fictional world in which Peruvian soccer is a reflection of a corrupted Peruvian society. The tone of the novel is quite critical regarding the omnipresent corruption in the Peruvian soccer; however, as will be seen in this presentation, the novel itself challenges its powerful criticism against neoliberalism and consumerism as the text is ultimately motivated by the very same logic that it censors.
  4. Adriana Gordillo, Minnesota State University, Mankato
    In this presentation, I will explore the development of the interaction between humans and machines most prominently through Santiago Roncagliolo’s novel Tan cerca de la vida, which I will place in dialogue with cultural productions of Latin America as well as the North American science fiction film industry. 
Session Cancelled: