"De desamor:" Cristina Rivera Garza’s Literary Landscapes
Dominique Vargas is a doctoral candidate in Notre Dame’s department of English. She is also a University Presidential Fellow, a PhD Fellow with the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, and a Graduate Student Fellow with the Institute for Latino Studies. Her work focuses on race, gender, linguistics, and literary theory 20th and 21st century literature. She holds a BA and MA from St. Mary’s University as well as an MFA from The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.
In this lecture, Vargas will examine Mexican literary representation of fictional border landscapes as aesthetic analysis of contemporary realities. Focusing on Cristina Rivera Garza’s novella, El Mal de La Taiga and her collection, Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country, this talk addresses the way that the fictional setting and the eponymous Taiga syndrome paradoxically removes characters and readers from their realities and also grounds them in an intensely contemporary moment complicated by neoliberal political, economic, and gendered border space. Ultimately, Vargas' presentation will consider the way that literature illuminates the relationship between real landscapes and those who occupy them.
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