113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Hispanic Monstrosities I

Session Chair: 
Adriana Gordillo, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Session 4: Friday 3:50-5:20pm
Columbia (PMCC)


  1. Ariel Zatarain Tumbaga, Antelope Valley College
    Monstrous depictions abound in Carlos Fuentes’s La muerte de Artemio Cruz.  Though the powerful Cruz is obsessed with “looking forward,” on his deathbed he is haunted by the “monstrosity” of his Afromestizo origins, a mestizaje/mulatismo manifested in his phenotype and history.  J.J. Cohen proposes that “The monstrous body is pure culture.” This presentation explores the ways Artemio Cruz’s africanidad “literally incorporates [the] fear, desire, anxiety, and fantasy” of race in post-Revolution Mexico. 
  2. Anne Connor, Southern Oregon University
    Through an analysis of the depiction of the monstrous doll in five of Silvina Ocampo's short stories, the figure, far from a sweet toy, stands out as a complex, negative image associated with a girl's coming of age.  This disturbing transition between girlhood and womanhood reveals Ocampo’s sharp critique of gender roles and expectations in twentieth century Latin America.
  3. Alvaro Ares, University of Oregon
    Este ensayo estudia tres “momentos alegóricos” en Balada triste de trompeta que, mediante deformaciones violentas y transformaciones tortuosas, tratan de sintetizar la horrible y esperpéntica historia de España en el s. XX. La monstruosidad se revela como la clave estética para la deconstrucción histórica de eventos e identidades en conflicto.   
  4. Giannina Reyes Giardiello, University of Portland
    This presentation analyzes the function of the ghost and its language as testimonies of historical and personal traumas in three contemporary Hispanic films: The Orphanage, The Devil's Backbone and Mama.
Session Cancelled: