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Jorge Volpi in Conversation with Allert Brown-Gort: Violence & Drug Trafficking in the New Latin American Literature

One of the leading voices of young contemporary Mexican writing, Jorge Volpi  speaks with Allert Brown-Gort, Associate Director of the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame University. The discussion focuses on how drug trafficking has gone mainstream in Latin American literature. No longer is it just constrained to police reports and news; it now features regularly in books, films, and soap operas. Why is this phenomenon happening? How does this effect literature and society in the region? These and other questions like them are raised in this engaging debate.

Recorded Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at the Instituto Cervantes auditorium.

This talk was given in Spanish:

This English translation of the event is courtesy of the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago:

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