LACUSL Speaker Series: “The Contemporary Latin American Novel: Psychoanalysis and Violence”

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
3:20 pm, AGSL, Golda Meir Library (3rd floor)
Dr. Beatriz Botero (Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, UW-Madison)
“The Contemporary Latin American Novel: Psychoanalysis and Violence”

Professor Beatriz L. Botero (Ph D. University of Wisconsin- Madison; Ph D. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) is a specialist in contemporary Latin American literature and cultural studies. Her research is oriented primarily towards topics in narrative and psychoanalysis, with special emphasis on identity, body and social conflict. She has also worked these topics in relation to contemporary visual art. She received a Summa Cum Laude for her dissertation in Psychoanalytic Foundations and Theory Development at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. In her publications, Botero examines the relation between national identity and personal identity in novels such as Gabriel García Márquez’s last novel Memoria de mis putas tristes. In her most recent work (El Yo ideal y el Ideal del yo en Cobro de Sangre de Mario Mendoza, 2015), Botero contributed to a special issue on Psychoanalysis and Ibero American literature for the journal Studi Ispanici, examining issues of personal and social identity. In the book Women in Contemporary Latin American Novels: Psychoanalysis and Gendered Violence she examines literature from a wide range of countries including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Free and open to the public
For more information, contact César Ferreira ( and Sarah Davies-Córdova (

About our Speaker Series

This year’s LACUSL Speaker Series honors Professor Howard Handelman’s (UWM professor 1970-2006) lifelong contributions to learning and promoting the study of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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.

Sponsored by the major in Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latin@ Studies