LACUSL Speaker Series: Queer Exposures: Roberto Bolaño, Sexuality, and Photography


Please join us for the second LACUSL Speakers Series of the 2021-2022 academic year.

The 2021-2022 LACUSL SpeakerSeries Presents:

“Queer Exposures: Roberto Bolaño, Sexuality, and Photography”

Dr. Ryan Long, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Maryland
Tuesday, November 16th, 3:30 p.m.
Via Zoom. Register in advance here.

Queer sexuality and photography disturb linear temporalities such as normative social development and the subordination of the past to the present. Close readings of selected novels, short stories, and poems by Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003), demonstrate that queerness and photography also disturb linear conceptions of an author’s trajectory. The political context that influenced Bolaño’s career underscores the significance of these and other temporal disturbances. Especially salient are the defeat of militant leftism, writ large in Bolaño’s work as the “Revolution,” and the ascendency of neoliberalism. My presentation exposes Bolaño’s texts to one another by emphasizing queer characters and photographic imagery, including ekphrases of actual and invented photographs. I propose that this methodology of exposure establishes temporalities within and among Bolaño’s texts that suggest a persistently critical simultaneity, a sense of time and place that refuses teleological domestication.

Sponsored by the Latin American, Caribbean, & US Latinx Studies Major

About our Speaker Series

The LACUSL Speaker Series brings together scholars, professionals, and students working in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies to discuss research, teaching, culture, current events, and other topics of interest to students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Speaker Series is interdisciplinary, and draws on the expertise of faculty and graduate students in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the professional schools. All events are free and open to the public.