Tuesday, January 04, 2011

MLA in Los Angeles: Central American Panels

Friday, 07 January

292. Central American Lives: Writings from the Diaspora

1:45–3:00 p.m., 301B, LA Convention Center

A special session

Presiding: Oriel Siu, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

1. “The Novel of the Central American Diaspora and the Coloniality of Power: Some Annotations on the Eternal Inmortales,” Oriel Siu

2. “Searching for Home: The Construction of Guatemalan American Identity in Omar S. Castañeda’s Remember to Say Mouth or Face,” Alicia Ivonne Estrada, California State Univ., Northridge

3. “GuateMa(LA)n in the United States: Gender and Masculinity in Omar Castañeda’s Guatemalan Macho Oratory,” Gustavo A. Guerra Vásquez, Univ. of California, Berkeley

4. “Memorializing the Missing in The Art of Exile by William Archila,” Karina Oliva-Alvarado, Claremont Coll.

Respondent: Ana Patricia Rodríguez, Univ. of Maryland, College Park


Saturday, 08 January

629. Gender and Sexualities in Contemporary Central American Fiction

5:15–6:30 p.m., 306B, LA Convention Center

A special session

Presiding: Uriel Quesada, Loyola Univ., New Orleans

1. “No Harm in Killing a Freak: Central American Gay and Lesbian Politics in Silvio Sirias’s Meet Me under the Ceiba,” Yajaira M. Padilla, Univ. of Kansas

2. “Sordid Masculinity and Female Agency in Postwar Central American Fiction,” Milos Kokotovic, Univ. of California, San Diego

3. “The Burden of Masculinity and the Possibilities of the Self in the Fiction of Horacio Castellanos Moya,” Erin S. Finzer, Univ. of Arkansas, Little Rock

Mayan Cultural Celebration 1/19/2011 @ UCLA Library