Evil in the Written Word: Violent Narrators in Contemporary Latin American Fiction

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Margarita Jacome. Loyola University Maryland
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Call for Papers

Evil in the Written Word: Violent Narrators in Contemporary Latin American Fiction 

The topic of violence has been of significant importance in Spanish American literature. Brutal dictatorships, revolutionary wars, drug-related violence, and guerrilla warfare have left a strong imprint on contemporary Spanish American literature. Despite this, there are few literary works presented through the point of view of the perpetrator of violence and told in his or her voice. Consequently, few studies investigate the construction of these voices and analyze the effect of this narrative design in the literature of violence.

We invite contributions to an edited volume on the voice of the perpetrator of violence in contemporary Spanish American literature (XX or XXI century). How are these voices constructed within different historical, political and social contexts, and what responses do they evoke in readers? What are the ethical and aesthetic implications of this narrative design in the representation of violence? In what ways do these criminal narrators reaffirm or undermine the distinctions between the individual and the collective, the public and the private, fiction and reality, and oral and written discourse? How do these categories operate in the violence narrated and what relations do they establish between violence, power, ideology and language? How is the first-person discourse codified and how does this codification pervade the ideology of the narration? These and many other related questions serve as a starting point for the type of analysis proposed in this volume. 

Proposals for original chapters in Spanish can be submitted until October 15, 2017 to one of the editors and must include: the author's information, the title of the essay and a summary of 300-500 words. Editors: Ana María Mutis amutis@trinity.edu and Margarita Jácome mjacome@loyola.edu