Category Archives: Mexican Literature

Review: Los cárteles no existen – Oswaldo Zavala

Los cárteles no existen: narcotráfico y cultura en México [Cartels don’t exist: drug trafficking and culture in Mexico]* (Barcelona: Malpaso, 2018) by Oswaldo Zavala is a deliberately provocative book with a clear central thesis: cartels exist discursively and have been … Continue reading

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Sea Birds, Liverpool, Clipperton and the Mexican Revolution

:A recent art piece on the waterfront in Liverpool reminded me of the different possible approaches and modes of reflecting on a place and its inhabitants. This bird is a blue-legged Masked Booby who are primarily found on Clipperton, a … Continue reading

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Central American Children and the Mexico-US border: Learn More

The uproar surrounding the detention of children at the Mexican-US border has brought attention to the migration of Central Americans to the US. ‌The majority are from what is called the Northern Triangle – Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala – … Continue reading

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Vicente Leñero, the scriptwriter a brief reflection

Since his death on the 3rd of December 2014, the novelist, dramatist, journalist, and scriptwriter, Vicente Leñero, has received considerable attention including this reflection by the novelist Ana García Bergua and this other homage from his daughter, Estela Leñero Franco. Recently, when writing … Continue reading

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Los de abajo Commemoration in Los Angeles

On the 15th and 16th of May I’ll be a featured speaker in a second conference commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the publication of Mariano Azuela’s novela de la Revolución, Los de abajo. Click herefor more information. My paper,”A Question of … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Elena Poniatowska in Liverpool April 18 2015

The following was my introduction to Elena Poniatowska at City Hall. 2015 will see a series of events related to Mexico and the United Kingdom. It is an honour to welcome Elena Poniatowska to Liverpool who has just been at … Continue reading

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The Politics of Being a Writer in Mexico: Ayotzinapa

This poem has been circulating amongst my friends and followers on social media in the last day. It draws attention to the power of writing and the writer’s role as public intellectual in Mexico. Huerta’s intervention is an important tool … Continue reading

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A brief introduction to Jean Franco

At the Latin American Studies Association last year in Washington I met Jean Franco. Born in Manchester, she was a pioneering scholar who has become one of the foremost cultural theorists in Latin American Studies. She has written on multiple … Continue reading

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