The Liu Institute Working Group on Latin America and the Global presents:
Fabricio Tocco (PhD Student, French, Hispanic and Italian Studies), “Crime with the Connivance of the State: A Reading of Contemporary Crime Fiction written in the Southern Cone”
March 29, 2017, 1-3 pm
Liu Institute, Boardroom
In my PhD dissertation I plan to approach another form of popular culture, i.e.: crime fiction, this time dealing with Latin American literary depictions of the tension between the State and the Individual, embodied by the police enforcement and the private detective. This tension (whose origins can be found as early as 19th century Poe’s crime stories) remained till our days as a genre convention that deserves a thorough analysis. Specially in Latin American societies, where the role of the State and the Individual (and consequently the role of public and private sector) have been discussed and revisited constantly through different political regimes in only four decades: evolving from authoritarian dictatorships, inarguably and unanimously adherents of State terrorism, to liberal democracies that oscillated in turn from neoliberal administrations to statists movements.