Is it possible to fail aesthetically but succeed ethically? I thought of this question as I read Mario Vargas Llosa’s recent The Dream of the Celt, published in 2010, the year he won the Nobel Prize for literature, and now available in English.
Latin American literature
In the work of the most distinguished Latin American authors there is a disquieting circumstance, namely, the virtual omnipresence of a particular semantic field centered upon the concepts of copy, imitation, emulation, plagiarism, and influence.
What happens when Latin American literature and the Iowa Writer's Workshop collide? And why do so many readers ask Daniel Alarcón if he can recommend a good hotel in Cuzco? In this brief talk, Alarcón explores matters of canonicity and authenticity with respect to Latin American literature.
Paula Moya is a scholar of 20th and 21st century American literatures, Chicana/o cultural studies, feminist theory, and comparative studies in race and ethnicity at Stanford University. In this brief talk, she explores some of the contradictory patterns of authority and authenticity occasioned by the cross-cultural production and reception of Latin American literature.