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Alberto Blest Gana at 100

Organization: Open Cultural Studies
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, World Literatures, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2020-10-01 Abstract Due: 2020-06-15

The year 2020 marks the one-hundredth anniversary of Alberto Blest Gana’s death. The prolific writer, who lived to the age of ninety, is arguably the most important author of Chile’s nineteenth century, noted especially for his ability to capture the pulse of the emerging Chilean nation. He lived half of his life in Chile and half in France; he is buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Although he left his native country, Chile and Chileans (and Latin America) were the centerpiece of his work.

This special issue proposes to reacquaint readers with Blest Gana. It intertwines and examines his literary output through the lenses of cultural studies, cultural history, film studies, gender studies, spatial studies, and more. In my particular case, I connect his work with the 2019 political protests that engulfed Chile by arguing that the roots of this contemporary upheaval can be traced to seminal events in the nineteenth century which are depicted in Blest Gana’s narrative. One example is the Motín de Urriola (19851), where individuals invaded the streets to protest Chile’s status quo.

Essays could address a rich variety of topics found in Blest Gana and his oeuvre, such as:

·         Nation building.

·         The Space of Santiago, Chile, the urban and the rural.

·         The Space of Paris.

·         Films / TV Adaptations of the author’s novels.

·         Chile, politics in the nineteenth century and today.

·         Poverty, Wealth.

·         Illness, Suicide, Death.

·         Diplomatic life and Writing life.

(This is not an exhaustive list)


·         Deadline for extended abstracts: 15 June, 2020

·         Notification of acceptance to authors: 1 July 2020

·         Deadline for full articles: 1 October 2020


Please send an extended abstract (maximum 1,500 words) by 15 June 2020 to the Guest Editor, Dr. Patricia Vilches (pvilches@harlaxton.ac.uk)

Submitted abstracts should be in English. The guest editor will evaluate abstracts and will inform authors of acceptance or rejection.

Full papers should be submitted by 1st October, 2020.

Authors are kindly invited to register at our paper processing system at: https://www.editorialmanager.com/culture/default.aspx and submit their contribution.



Katarzyna Grzegorek