Socialism, Liberalism, and Strains of Utopianism in the Writings of Mario Vargas Llosa



May 19, 2014
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

llosa_posterKnight Library 
Browsing Room
Reception to follow

Panelists
  • Carlos Aguirre (Professor of History, University of Oregon), “The Writer and the Revolution: Mario Vargas Llosa and Cuba, 1959-1968.” Carlos Aguirre, a historian of modern Latin America, has just completed a book manuscript on the early literary and political career of Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa. This presentation will offer new angles to understand Vargas Llosa’s trajectory from a supporter of the Cuban revolution to a critic of socialism and a self-proclaimed liberal. 
  • Ludovic Frobert (Director of Research, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, France), “Retrieving Anarchism through Liberalism, or the Reverse?: Mario Vargas Llosa and the Romantic Socialists of 1848.” Ludovic Frobert is a leading scholar in France specializing in the history of economic thought with a strong personal interest in literature. Using various writings by Vargas Llosa, most notably his novel El paraíso en la otra esquina (The Way to Paradise), as well as his own investigations, Professor Frobert will shed light on the Peruvian writer’s take on French utopians—at once socialist and liberal, yet neither of these—who were most prominent in the revolutionary movement of 1848.
Commentator
  • Leonardo García-Pabon (Professor of Spanish, University of Oregon). Leonardo García-Pabón is a scholar of colonial and postcolonial Spanish American literature. His research and publications focus on Andean baroque, Indigenismo, mestizaje, and nationalism. The author of several books and articles, he is also the director of Letras Fundacionales, a book series dedicated to recover and edit classical Bolivian literary texts, published by Plural Editores in La Paz.

This event is presented by the Latin American Studies Program and the Department of History, and co-sponsored by the College of Arts of Sciences, the Oregon Humanities Center, and the Department of Romance Languages .

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