15/12/2020 Call for papers: The Fantastic Work of Amparo Dávila

Per | 04/03/2020

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This special issue pays tribute to the Mexican writer Amparo Dávila (1928-2020), one of the great masters of the fantastic in the Spanish language. Author of essential short story volumes, such as Tiempo destrozado (1959) and Música concreta (1964), her work shows clear influences from Poe and Cortázar,with whom she also held a close friendship. Furthermore, the recurrent use of enclosed, gloomy and oppressive domestic spaces reveals the importance of  Gothic literature for her literary production.. These spaces serve –as Cecilia Eudave already noted – to reinforce the horror, not for the unknown but for the real thing that is perceived as a threat. Her stories, usually starring women, focus on the daily, routine and banal life of characters who suddenly see their lives altered by the appearance of animals, disturbing beings (as for example in one of her best stories: “El huésped”) or impossible phenomena, through which the author reflects on fear, madness, death or identity with the desire to claim the feminine as a fighting mechanism to gain visibility.

Among the various thematic lines that can be addressed in the study of the fantastic work of Amparo Dávila, we propose the following:

  • Feminisms, ideology and the fantastic
  • Narrative spaces
  • The monster
  • Forms of horror
  • The work of Amparo Dávila and Ecocriticism
  • Canon theory and narratives of the fantastic written by women in Latin America

Brumal will only consider works of a fantastic nature as defined by the journal, hereby only accepting papers on other non-mimetic genres such as the marvellous or science fiction if and when they are related to fantastic narrative.