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Penn State Americanists | Spring 2011 Event Schedule & Speakers

Monday, April 11, 2011

* 12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m. - Presentation at Comp Lit Luncheon Series, 102 Kern Building.
* 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Main event at 112 Kern Building. Reception to follow.


Luisa Valenzuela Luisa Valenzuela is a novelist and short story writer. She is best known for her work written in response to the dictatorship of the 1970s in Argentina. Works such as Como en la guerra (1977), Cambio de armas (1982) and Cola de lagartija (1983) combine a critique of dictatorship with an examination of patriarchal forms of social organization and the power structures which inhere in human sexuality and gender relationships.

Read an excerpt of her novel!



João Almino João Almino is a Brazilian novelist. He is the author of The Brasília Quintet, which consists of the novels Ideas on Where to Spend the End of the World, Samba-Enredo, The Five Seasons of Love (first published in Portuguese by Editora Record; published in Spanish by Alfaguara, México, and by Corregidor, in Argentina; Casa de las Americas 2003 Literary Award; in English by Host Publications, 2008); The Book of Emotions (Editora Record, 2008) and "Cidade Livre" ("Free City", Editora Record, 2010). He has also authored books of philosophical and literary essays. He taught at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), at the University of Brasília (UnB), the Instituto Rio Branco, Berkeley and Stanford.

Read an excerpt of his novel!



Zulfikar Ghose Zulfikar Ghose (born in Sialkot, India (now Pakistan)) is a novelist, poet and essayist. Ghose writes in the surrealist mode of much Latin American fiction, blending fantasy and harsh realism. He is a native of Pakistan who has lived a long time in Texas.

Read an excerpt of his novel!






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