Interdepartmental Symposium on Mexican Culture and Literature

Art History Auditorium

1845 E Northgate Dr
Irving, TX 75062

Interdepartmental symposium on Saturday February 9th in honor of the late Mexican novelist, Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012), co-sponsored by the Modern Languages department, the English department, the Cowan Chair, Constantin College and the Braniff Graduate School.

Carlos Fuentes was an acclaimed novelist, essayist, and cultural critic who formed part of the "Latin American Boom" of the 60's and 70's, a time of great literary achievement in Latin American Literature. Fuentes is one of Mexico's most celebrated and respected novelists, a prolific writer on topics varying from Mexican history to global politics. His fiction interweaves pre-Hispanic indigenous traditions with an innovative literary experimentation that put him at the forefront of the 'magical realists' of his period.

We will begin our symposium Saturday February 9th at 10am in Gorman C with a series of student presentations on pre-Hispanic Latin American cultures and literatures.

At 2pm in the Art History Auditorium we will have a keynote presentation by the renowned literary scholar Dr. Wendy Faris (UT Arlington) entitled "Of Stone and Water: Archaeology and Narrative in Carlos Fuentes' Distant Relations," followed by a panel discussion with respondents Dr. Bainard Cowan (English), Dr. Amy Borja (Modern Languages) and Dr. José Espericueta (Modern Languages). Dr. Faris has published extensively on Latin American Literature including (but not limited to) her books Carlos Fuentes (New York: Frederick Ungar, 1983), Ordinary Enchantments: Magical Realism and the Remystification of Narrative (Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, 2004), and various articles, including "The Question of the Other: Cultural Critiques of Magical Realism" in an issue of Janus Head, guest edited by Dr. Bainard Cowan.
A reception will follow in the Gorman faculty lounge.

Hope to see you all there! Thanks!

Dr. Jose Espericueta, Modern Languages

Sat., February 9, 2013


Jose Espericueta

Phone: 972-821-7841