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News Release| Chicano Studies Department; Cal State L.A.

January 6, 2011

Mexican novelist discusses ‘New Directions in Latin American Literature’

Cal State L.A. to host a lecture by Jorge Volpi Jan. 18

What & Who:  Cal State L.A. to present a lecture, entitled “New Directions in Latin American Literature, by Jorge Luis Volpi Escalante, one of the leading figures in Mexico’s generación del Crack  (“Crack Generation”) that flourished in México in the early 1990s. The movement broke away from the conventions of Latin America’s Magical Realism and favored instead more reflective and critical literary works. 

When:               Tuesday, Jan. 18,  4:20 - 6 p.m.

Where:              Salazar Hall, room C343, on the CSULA campus. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 freeways.  (Campus map and directions:  

Details:            Volpi’s publications have been translated into many languages, including his award-winning book, En busca de Klingsor (In Search of Klingsor). The novel is described as “examining the political realities of Nazi Germany and its generals, juxtaposed to the history of science, particularly of physics.” A practicing lawyer, Volpi was formerly the secretary of the Mexican general state lawyer, Diego Valadés, and has taught as a professor of literature at the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, México. Currently, he is a member of Mexico’s Sistema Nacional de Creadores.

More:                This event is co-sponsored by Cal State L.A.’s Chicano Studies, English and Modern Languages and Literatures departments, the CSULA Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, and the Universidad de Guadalajara at Los Angeles.

Info:                  Free to the public. For more information on the lecture, call Roberto Cantú of the Chicano Studies department at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-2195.      

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