LALSA 2016 – a week to go!

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So, the fourth LALSA annual conference is coming next week. We’ve got two days’ worth of papers and an exciting keynote coming up. If you have not registered yet but would like to attend please get in touch with me (

And now for the programme:


Thursday, 17 November – HG147

10:30 – 11:15 Arrival and registration

11:15 – 11:30 Opening remarks and housekeeping

11:30 – 13:00 Liminal Texts 1

1. The Concrete Poetics of Juan Luis Martínez
Rachel Robinson, University of Oxford
2. Torn between Spoken Images: The Appearance of the Phantasma in the Sophistics of José Lezama Lima
Keylor Murillo Moya, King’s College London
3. Pensar la liminalidad a propósito de Obsesivos días circulares de Gustavo Sainz
Fernando Limeres Novoa, UNED (Spain)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Politics, Wars and Texts

1. Tell It Like It Is: (Mis)Reading Press Coverage of the Tlatelolco 1968 Massacre
Victoria Carpenter, York St John University
2. Experimentation and/or Elimination? – El señor presidente in translation
Mel Boland, NUI Galway (Ireland)
3. Hugo Salcedo’s a.b.c: Protest and Pathos
Peter Beardsell, University of Hull

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/coffee

16:00 – 17:30 Influence across the Water

1. Modernist Realism in the Andes: Early 20th Century Ecuadorian Fiction
Juan Ramos, College of the Holy Cross (USA)
2. The Shakespeare Mode: Some Universal Aspects of a Regional Genre
Jean Carlo Faustino, Kings College London
3. The Culture and Politics of Paraguay in the Writings of R. B. Cunninghame Graham
Richard Niland, University of Strathclyde

18:00 – 19:00 KEYNOTE:
Latin American Literatures and the Idea of ‘Toxic Couples’
Chris Harris (University of Hull)

19:30 – 21:00 Dinner (Best Western Monkbar)


Friday, 18 November – HG147

9:30 – 11:00 Memory, Magic, Madness

1. Mad Affliction: Funeral Chronicles in Pedro Lemebel’s Loco afán: Crónicas de sidario
Gwendolen Pare, Independent Scholar
2.Latin America as Limen: Magic, Mothers, and Modernity in Cien años de soledad
Adam Sharman, University of Nottingham
3. Recasting Liminality: Captivity Narratives and Las Malvinas
Jennifer Wood, NUI Galway (Ireland)

11:00 – 11:30 Tea/coffee

11:30 – 13:00 Crimes and Violence:

1. Crimes Too Big to Solve: The ‘War on Drugs’ in Latin American Fiction
Joey Whitfield, University of Leeds
2. Masculinities and Violence in El Señor Presidente by Miguel Ángel Asturias
Pascale Baker, University of Sheffield
3. Alberto Fuguet y su novela Aeropuertos: Una lectura de la igualdad política de las mujeres en la literatura chilena de la post-transición a la democracia
Denisse Lazo González, University of Oxford

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Liminal Texts 2:

1. Narrating the Liminal in Mercedes Valdivieso’s Maldita yo entre las mujeres
Céire Broderick, Cardiff University
2. Narrative Thresholds in Onetti’s La vida breve and Vargas Llosa’s Los cuadernos de don Rigoberto
Stefano Rossoni, UCL
3. A ‘sospechosa idea de totalidad’, or Embracing the Liminal
Maria Montt Starbucchi, University of Manchester

15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee and closing remarks

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