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25 Years After McOndo: Recent Trends in the Latin American Novel (Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention)

Philadelphia, PA
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Event: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention
Categories: Hispanic & Latino
Event Date: 2021-03-11 to 2021-03-14 Abstract Due: 2020-09-30

The year 2021 will mark the 25th anniversary of the 1996 publication of McOndo, an anthology of short stories edited by Alberto Fuguet and Sergio Gómez. This volume was significant as the narratives that comprised the anthology represented a total rejection of the aesthetics (magical realism) that made the writers of the “Boom” generation famous. Instead of depicting Latin America as a mythical and magical place, the McOndo writers and their contemporaries in Mexico’s “Crack” generation see the region as a globalized place full of influence and pop culture from across the globe. There is also more of an emphasis on urban spaces as opposed to isolated towns like Gabriel García Márquez’s Macondo among other differences. This panel seeks to examine what has happened with the Latin American narrative in the twenty-five years since the release of McOndo. Have novelists and short story writers reverted back to the aesthetics of the “Boom” generation and the Post-Boom writers? Has the image of Latin America as a globalized society as seen by the McOndo and “Crack” generations persisted? Or is it a combination of the two? Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words; submissions may be in English or Spanish using the following link: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18687

Abstract deadline is September 30th, 2020.



David Mongor-Lizarrabengoa