News Release| Department of Chicano Studies; Cal State L.A.


Media Advisory

focuses on the Latin American literary ‘boom,’
works of novelist Carlos
Fuentes, May 4-5

Cal State L.A. free event
gathers experts, public to explore ancient Mexico,
and the literary avante-garde


Conference on Carlos Fuentes: Ancient Mexico,
Modernity, and the Literary Avant-Garde

at Cal State L.A.



Carlos Fuentes, an award-winning novelist, is
often sought after by scholars and

dignitaries to answer questions
regarding Mexico’s national identity, historical

capital as a “megacity,” and the unresolved conflicts that define

country as a
modern nation. The conference features distinguished

who are world scholars in
the field of Fuentes studies.



Friday and Saturday, May 4-5.



Eagle Ballroom
other locations, on the CSULA campus. The University is located at the intersection of the 10 and
710 freeway. Campus
map and directions are available at



Call (323) 343-2195 or go to




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?

To find out more,
reporters are invited to the 2012 Conference on Carlos Fuentes:
Ancient Mexico, Modernity, and the Literary Avant-Garde”
at Cal
State L.A. Friday and Saturday, May 4-5.

Journalists may also
arrange advance interviews
(in English or Spanish) with conference
organizer Roberto Cantú and keynote speaker Georgina García Gutiérrez
Vélez, Centro de Estudios Literarios del Instituto de Investigaciones
Filológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. (Call CSULA Public
Affairs office at (323) 343-3050 to request for photos or interviews.)

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 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
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.

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. Fuentes was raised in a family that
represented Mexico’s economic and diplomatic interests in Latin America
and in the United States.

For conference details:

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