Why has Latin American philosophy haunted philosophers in the Americas during most of the 20th century? How are art, literature and culture interconnected? What is the relationship between modernity and critical theory?
Find out more at the 2012 Conference on Carlos Fuentes: Ancient Mexico, Modernity, and the Literary Avant-Garde at Cal State L.A. on Friday and Saturday, May 4-5.
Carlos Fuentes, an award-winning novelist, is often sought after by scholars and
dignitaries to answer questions regarding Mexico's national identity, historical
origins, Mexico's capital as a "megacity," and the unresolved conflicts that define
the country as a modern nation. Fuentes, born on November 11, 1928, ranks as
the most acclaimed modern novelist in Mexico and one of the central figures in
Latin America's literary "boom," a generation that consists of Julio Cortázar,
Gabriel García Márquez and, among others, Mario Vargas Llosa.
The conference, free and open to the public, offers five sessions on the novels,
short stories, and essays of Fuentes:
• "The 50th Anniversary of The Death of Artemio"
• "Carlos Fuentes's Imperial Narratives: Terra Nostra and The Buried Mirror"
• "Tradition and Innovation in Mesoamerican Cultural History"
• "Carlos Fuentes and the Gothic Literary Tradition"
• "Carlos Fuentes, Modernity, and Mexico's Post-Boom Writers"
The keynote speaker is Georgina García Gutiérrez Vélez, Centro de
Estudios Literarios del Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, Universidad
Nacional Autónoma de México.
The two-day event also includes a special library exhibit and a full staging of one of Fuentes' play, Orquídeas a la luz de la luna (1982). The performance features actresses Alejandra Flores and Cristal González playing the roles of Mexican film icons María Félix and Dolores del Río, respectively, and performing artist Ricardo Salcido in the role of the fan.