Fifth International Colloquium on Spanish Fantastic Literature at TAMIU this Week

International Colloquium on Spanish
Fantastic Literature at TAMIU this Week

Texas A&M International University will host more than 50 Spanish-language fantastic literature specialists from countries around the world including the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and Spain at the Fifth International Colloquium on Fantastic Literature: The Fantastic in Current Hispanic Literature, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 6 – 8.

For three days, critics, researchers and academics from more than 30 universities dedicated to the study of fantastic literature will be in Laredo discussing topics such as theory aspects, old and new forms of the fantastic (ghost stories, realism, detective novels, science fiction, Gothic novels), the fantastic in Hispanic traditions, and analysis of recent fantastic works.

“In addition to the impact of this event on the University community, professors and teachers of Hispanic literature in high schools in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo can benefit from the presentations and discussions,” said Dr. José Cardona-López, associate professor of Spanish and co-organizer of this event.

The other co-organizers are Drs. Ana María Morales and José Miguel Sardiñas, Directors of the International Colloquia of Fantastic Literature.

Noted lecturers Dr. Sara Poot-Herrera, professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Dr. Armando Romero, writer and professor at the University of Cincinnati and Dr. Marcela del Río, writer and professor emeritus at the University of Central Florida, will also be at this event. Writers of fantastic literature will have reading sessions as well.

The last Colloquium was held in 2003 in Basel, Switzerland. They are held every two years.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, please contact Dr. Cardona-López, at 326.2690, e-mail cardona@tamiu.edu or visit offices in Pellegrino Hall 314F.

University office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday though Friday.

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