Rolando Hinojosa's Klail City Death Trip: A Retrospective, New Directions (Feb, 25-26, 2010)

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Hispanic Studies / Texas A&M University
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February 25-26, 2010
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

With a new volume in progress, the fifteen published titles of Rolando Hinojosa-Smith's Klail City Death Trip Series (1973-2006) constitutes an extended narrative in the spirit of Shakespeare's historical dramas, Scott's Waverley novels, Pérez-Galdós's Episodios nacionales, Faulkner's Yoknapataupha County saga, and, most recently, Pérez-Reverte's continuing Alatriste series. While the Klail City Death Trip (KCDT) began in an isolated, culturally Mexican norteño community in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, it has spanned the upper Midwest and reached to the Korean battlefields. In the meantime Hinojosa's protagonists have entered the 21st-century as professionals, entrepreneurs, and politicians in a much-changed, cosmopolitan Valley.

The Organizing Committee invites papers treating the multiple dimensions of the KCDT as Mexican-American literature of the Southwest; linguistic expression and experiments in Spanish-English bilingualism and code-switching; socio-historical documents; and, simply, American literature of the later 20th and early 21st century. Interdisciplinary approaches are also encouraged. Professors María Herrera-Sobek (UC Santa Barbara), Nicolás Kanellos (University of Houston) and Alejandro Morales (UC Irvine) will give plenary presentations and be joined by Rolando Hinojosa, Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas and a 2007 recipient of an Honorary Degree from Texas A&M University.

Interested scholars should send abstracts by October 15, 2009 to A selection of papers will be chosen for revision and submission for publication.