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Latin American Literary Review (LALR)
10 Publications
OpenAIRE 3.0 (OA, funding)


  • “Ontology and Metaphysics: The Fantastical Object in Borges’ Fictions.”

    The following essay explores the issues of idealism, ontology, and the fantastical in the work of Jorge Luis Borges. Borges’ fascination with philosophical idealism began when he was introduced to philosophy as a child by his father, the thinker within this school who most influenced him being, as he admits, George Berkeley. Examining Borges’ attitude towards Berkeley’s radical idealism, the discussion focuses on its ontological dimension, demonstrating how Berkeley engages in a reductivist m...

    “El Intelectual melancólico y la mártir revolucionaria en La violencia del tiempo de Miguel Gutiérrez.”

    El recientemente fallecido escritor peruano Miguel Gutiérrez (1940-2016) brindó en su novela La violencia del tiempo (1991) una de las reflexiones más agudas sobre los motivos desencadenantes del conflicto armado peruano (1980-2000).  El presente ensayo propone que la “vergüenza” es presentada en la novela como síntoma esencial de la sociedad peruana, a raíz de la discriminación racial y de clase. La vergüenza es, como lo indica Eve Kosofsky Sedgewick, “perfomativa”, virando de un extremo al ...

    Bad Education

    In this article I study the U.S. 2005 documentary film, The Devil’s Miner, co-produced  by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani. Like many other internationally produced documentary films of this sort, it combines an ethnographic view of its subject with a mission of critique, in this case, the denunciation of child labor in the extremely dangerous and physically exhausting environment of the Cerro Rico mine in Potosí. The general message to the viewer is an emotionally-laden appeal to support c...

    Creating Social Justice: A Conversation with Julia Álvarez

    In this interview, Julia Álvarez shares her insights on the power of storytelling to overturn political injustices, such as the one suffered by the Dominican people, and in particular by the Mirabal sisters, under General Rafael Trujillo’s thirty–one years of dictatorship. The writer also offers a compelling vision of community engagement through the creation of a literary space in which issues affecting the Latino population in the United States can be explored. Álvarez reveals the importanc...
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