Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Jean Franco Gives Keynote Address at LAGO Conference

December 6th, 2009

On Saturday, December 5th, Dr. Jean Franco, Professor Emerita from Columbia University, gave the keynote address at the Latin American Graduate Organization Conference “Space and Identity: The Politics of Expression in Latin America.” Dr. Franco’s lecture began at 5:00 PM in the Freeman Auditorium of the Woldenberg Arts Center on Tulane’s Uptown campus. Her lecture was entitled ‘€œUn oasis de horror en medio de un desierto de aburrimiento: Bolano‘€™s apocalyptic vision.‘€ The lecture was followed by a closing reception from 6:30-7:30 in the Wolenberg Breezeway.

See the Full Conference Schedule with details on the Stone Center’s site.


Professor Franco has been decorated by the governments of Mexico, Chile and Venezuela for her work on Latin American literature and has received awards from PEN and from the Latin American Studies Association for lifetime achievement. She has served as President of the Latin American Studies Association in both Great Britain and the United States. Some of her noted publications include:

The Modern Culture of Latin America (1967)
César Vallejo. The Dialectics of Poetry and Silence (1976)
An Introduction to Latin American Literature (1969)
Plotting Women. Gender and Representation in Mexico (1989)
Marcando diferencias. Cruzando Fronteras (1996)
The Decline and Fall of the Lettered City: Latin America and the Cold War (2001)