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2015 Conference on Mariano Azuela and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution (CSULA)

A two day conference on Azuela commemorates the first centenary of the publication of Los de abajo (1915), and aims to trace its narrative affiliation to 20th century narratives of the Mexican Revolution.

Friday, May 15, 2015 to Saturday, May 16, 2015
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Music Hall (CSULA)
5151 State University Drive (Building 1A)
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Mariano Azuela (Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, 1873-1952) was a medical doctor by profession and by mid-century one of Mexico’s leading writers. The author of novels, plays, biographies, and literary criticism, Azuela served as field doctor under Francisco Villa during the Mexican Revolution and, after Villa’s military defeat, published Los de abajo (The Underdogs) while in exile in El Paso, Texas. This conference on Azuela commemorates the first centenary of the publication of Los de abajo (1915), and aims to trace its narrative affiliation to twentieth-century autobiographies, memoirs and, more specifically, to narratives of the Mexican Revolution.

The program for the Conference on Mariano Azuela and the Mexican Revolution includes eight keynote and featured speakers representing Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Six sessions on various conference-related topics complete the conference program.  To view the biographies and lecture abstracts of speakers and panelists click here. The 2015 Conference on Mariano Azuela and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution is the result of a close collaboration of Mexican and U.S. faculty, and made possible by the Office of the President, the Gigi Gaucher-Morales Memorial Conference Series, the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Natural and Social Sciences, the Department of Chicano Studies, the Department of English, the Emeriti Association at Cal State L.A., and the joint sponsorship of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the Latin American Institute (UCLA), and the Center for Mexican Studies (UCLA).

Click here for Official 2015 Conference on Mariano Azuela and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution website

Conference Program

Friday, May 15

8:30-9:00 a.m.     Registration

                              Music Hall (Cal State LA)

                              Roberto Cantú & Conference Co-Organizers Emily Acevedo (Cal State L.A.),

                              Georgina García Gutiérrez Vélez (UNAM), Rubén Quintero (Cal State L.A.),

                              and Maarten Van Delden (UCLA).

 

Welcome and Introduction

9:00-9:30 a.m.     Plenary Session #1

                              Mariano Azuela:

                              Su narrativa y recepcion en la historia literaria de México

 

9:30-11:00 a.m.    Moderator:  Georgina García Gutiérrez Vélez,

                              Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Panelists:

1. “Mariano Azuela, la Novela de la Revolución y la Revolución Mexicana vistos por los Escritores Españoles”

Aurora Díez-Canedo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

2. “Recepción de Mariano Azuela por parte de los Contemporáneos”

María de Lourdes Franco Bagnouls, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

3. “Experimentalismo y representación urbana en La Luciérnaga de Mariano Azuela”

Yanna Hadatty Mora, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

4. "Accidentes de tráfico. Itinerario de Mariano Azuela"

Fernando Curiel Defossé, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

 

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Featured Speaker #1: Niamh Thornton

                                      University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

                                      Title of Lecture:

                                     "A Question of Taste: The Cinematic Adaptations of Los de Abajo"

                                      Moderator: Louis R. Negrete

                                      California State University, Los Angeles

 

12:00-1:00 p.m.           Luncheon Break

 

1:00-2:00 p.m.            Featured Speaker #2: Michael Nava

                                    Novelist & Attorney,

                                    California Supreme Court, San Francisco 

                                    Title of Lecture:

                                    “Los Léperos: Attempting to Fictionally Reconstruct Racial Relationships

                                    in the Twilight of the Porfiriato”

                                    Moderator: Emily Acevedo

                                    California State University, Los Angeles

 

2:00-3:30 p.m.          Session #2

                                  Mariano Azuela and the Narrative Cycle of the Mexican

                                  Revolution

                                  Moderator: Rubén Quintero, California State University, Los Angeles

 

Panelists:

 1. “El último lector (2005) de David Toscana y la vigencia de Juan Rulfo en la creación de una narrativa regional mexicana en el Siglo XXI”

Julio Puente García, University of California, Los Angeles

2. “Jean-Luc Nancy’s Mythical Community in Carlos Fuentes’ Gringo viejo

Jacqueline Zimmer, Louisiana State University

3. “Relearning the Revolution: The Contemporary Relevance of the Novela de la Revolución in the Classroom at San José State University”

Cheyla Samuelson, San José State University

4. “Los árboles no dejan ver el bosque: proceso dialéctico connotativo

ético de las palabras arriba-abajo en Los de debajo

Yunsook Kim, Azusa Pacific University 

 

3:35-4:30 p.m.            Session #3

                                    A Book Presentation:

                                   The Reptant Eagle:  Essays on Carlos Fuentes and the Art of the Novel

                                    Moderator: Roberto Cantú, California State University, Los Angeles

Presenters:

 1. “The Farce of Lordship and Sovereignty in Terra Nostra: Fuentes’s Bataillean Burlesque of Hegel’s Dialectic”

Michael Abeyta, University of Colorado, Denver

2. “Del Boom al Boomerang: Carlos Fuentes y la Nueva Narrativa Mexicana”

Iliana Alcántar, Reed College, Oregon

3.Carlos Fuentes y Diego Rivera: protagonistas creadores de dos ‘Renacimientos’”

Georgina García Gutiérrez Vélez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

4. “Coloquio del sueño y la razón en Terra Nostra

Florence Olivier, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (CERC), France

5. “Hands-on Modernism: Touch and Gesture in Carlos Fuentes’s The Death of Artemio Cruz

Maarten Van Delden, University of California, Los Angeles

 

4:45-6:00 p.m.     Featured Speaker #3: Maarten Van Delden

                             University of California, Los Angeles

                             Title of Lecture:

                             "Carlos Fuentes:

                             Many Mexicos, Many Revolutions"

                             Moderator:  Emily Acevedo

                             California State University, Los Angeles

 

Day 2: Saturday, May 16, 2015

9:00 AM-6:00 PM

9:00-10:00 a.m.   Featured Speaker #4: Max Parra

                              University of California, San Diego

                              Title of Lecture:

                              "Fotografía y la literatura

                               de la Revolución Mexicana"

                               Moderator: Louis R. Negrete

                               California State University, Los Angeles

 

10:00-11:00 a.m.   Featured Speaker #5: Heribert von Feilitzsch

                                 Historian, 20th-Century German-Mexican Diplomatic Relations

                                Title of Lecture:

                                “Medical Doctor, Occultist, Revolutionary, Spy:

                                  Arnold Krumm-Heller

                                 and the Mexican Revolution”

                                 Moderator: Rubén Quintero

                                 California State University, Los Angeles

 

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Featured Speaker #6: Georgina García Gutiérrez Vélez

                                     Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

                                     Title of Lecture:

                                     “La Crítica Literaria de Mariano Azuela”

                                      Moderator: Maarten Van Delden

                                      University of California, Los Angeles

 

12:00-1:00 p.m.         Luncheon Break

 

1:00-2:00 p.m.          Featured Speaker # 7: Dr. Florence Olivier

                                   Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, France

                                   Title of Lecture:

                                   "Épica en modo menor o guerrilla narrativa 

                                   en Cartucho, de Nellie Campobello"

                                   Moderator: Deborah Conway de Prieto

                                  California State University, Los Angeles

 

2:00-3:30 p.m.          Mariano Azuela and the Mexican Revolution:

                                  Narrative Representations of Colonialism, War, and Revolutionaries

                                  Moderator: Emily Acevedo

                                  California State University, Los Angeles

Panelists:

 1. “The Tremendous Reality of Firing Squads”

Sophie Esch, Colorado State University

2.“Indigeneity and Colonialist Perspectives in the Novel of the Revolution”

Ariel Zatarain Tumbaga, Southern Oregon University

3. “The ‘Man-Beast’ and the Jaguar: Mariano Azuela, Martín Luis Guzmán and the Sovereign Beast in the Literary Representation of Pancho Villa”

Michael Abeyta, University of Colorado, Denver

4. “Ésta me cuadra y me la llevo:” el saqueo, el analfabetismo y las disposiciones estéticas en Los de abajo”

Amber Workman, Pepperdine University, California

 

3:45-4:50 p.m.     Plenary Session #2

                             Mariano Azuela y Nellie Campobello

                             Moderator: Domnita Dumitrescu

                             California State University, Los Angeles

 

Panelists:

1. “La Revolución Mexicana a través de la lente/mirada femenina”

Iliana Alcántar, Reed College, Oregon

2. “Literary Revolution in the Borderlands: Mariano Azuela and the Mexican American Novel of the Mexican Revolution”

Yolanda Padilla, University of Washington, Bothell

3. “Dos perspectivas sobre los revolucionarios villistas: Mariano Azuela y Nellie Campobello”

Ute Seydel, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

 

4:50-6:00 p.m.   Keynote Speaker: Kristine Vanden Berghe

                            Université de Liège, Belgium

                            Mexicanistas de la Universidad de California

                            Title of Lecture:

                            “Postura y ethos de Nellie Campobello”

                            Moderator: Roberto Cantú

                            California State University, Los Angeles

 

Keynote and Featured Speakers:

Kristine Vanden Berghe

Université de Liége, Belgium


 

 Georgina García Gutiérrez Vélez

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

 

Heribert von Feilitzsch

Historian, 20th-Century German-Mexican Diplomatic Relations

 

 

Michael Nava

Novelist & Attorney,

California Supreme Court, San Francisco

 

 

 Dr. Florence Olivier

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, France

 

 

Max Parra

University of California, San Diego

 

 

 Niamh Thornton

University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

 

 

Maarten van Delden

University of California, Los Angeles

 


Roberto Cantu
(323) 343-2195
rcantu@calstatela.edu
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Sponsor(s): Office of the President, the Gigi Gaucher-Morales Memorial Conference Series, the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Natural and Social Sciences, the Department of Chicano Studies, the Department of English, the Emeriti Association at Cal State L.A., and the joint sponsorship of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and the Center for Mexican Studies (UCLA).