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Seeing Darkness

México Noir: Rethinking the Dark in Contemporary Narrative and Photography

Friday 24 April 2015

Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge

Abstracts for each paper are available here.

Symposium Programme

9:00 - 9:30

Registration and Coffee

9:30

Keynote: Cristina Rivera Garza (University of California San Diego): Los materiales ajenos: escritura, oscuridad y muerte en el México de hoy / Estranged Materials: Writing, Darkness and Death in Contemporary Mexico

11:00

John Kraniauskas (Birkbeck College, London): Roberto Bolaño’s “2666”: as Noir and as Installation

12:00

Gerardo Suter (Universidad Autónoma de Morelos): Blink: The connectivity of Darkness and the conceptual framework of the expanded image

13:15 – 14:30

Lunch

14:45

José Luis Barrios (Iberoamericana, Mexico City) Encuadres de la oscuridad y violencia inaudita en “Los detectives salvajes” de Roberto Bolaño y “Heli” de Amat Escalante / Framing Darkness and Unspeakable Violence in Roberto Bolaño’s “The Savage Detectives” and Amat Escalante’s film “Heli”

15:45

Geoffrey Kantaris (University of Cambridge): ‘Techno-noir in the Borderlands: Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer (2008)’.

16:45

Coffee/tea break

17:00

Elsa Treviño (University of Cambridge): Basta de Luz!: Configurations of revelatory Darkness in Guadalupe Nettel’s “El huésped” (2006), Ignacio Padilla’s “Espiral de artillería” (2003) and Jorge Volpi’s “Oscuro bosque oscuro” (2009)

18:00

Round Table-Taller: collage of citations on the dark, speakers and convenor with questions from the floor.

19:15

Join the speakers for a wine reception in the Centre of Latin American Studies, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road (nr the Sidgwick site). All welcome.

 

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