116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Alternative Communities in Hispanic Literature and Culture

Session Chair: 
Javier F. González, California State University, Channel Islands
Session 7: Sunday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 113


  1. Jennifer A Nagtegaal, University of British Columbia
    The notion of picaresque drawing is timely given the adaptation of Gregorio González’ El Guitón Honofre (1604, 2005) into comic form by author and graphic artist brother-duo Luis and Enrique Cabezón. How do a comic's basic elements convey the picaro’s marginal position within society? What is the picaro-artist’s dual-narrative role as author and illustrator of his adventures and misfortunes? And, how does the unfinished drawing style of El Guitón evoke the idea that instability is the only stability in the life of the picaro?
  2. Karen O'Regan, The University of British Columbia (Canada)
    Through the double lens of Dominick LaCapra’s trauma theory and Giorgio Agamben’s notion of the inessential community, I show how Pérez problematizes the idea of belonging as connected to physical space. I argue that the geographies of her title are psychic spaces in which community is experienced as a being together without essence. 
  3. Liliana Castaneda, University of British Columbia (Canada)
    The black subject in Colombian literature has been practically invisible, mirroring the historical marginalization of black communities in the formation of the nation state. These alternative communities, therefore, challenge writers who have occasionally represented them as the happy servant. The character of the maroon in these two novels is proposed as an affirmative option that contradicts symbolic marginalization.
  4. Brenda Bran, California State University Dominguez Hills
    Gabby Rivera’s America from America vol. 1 is meant to disrupt the dominant white heteronormative narratives pervasive in both canonical literature and the comic industry, but her characterization fails to take into account the multiplicity and diverse nature of the Latinx community in the U. S.
Session Cancelled: