The Latin American Chronicle in the 21st Century (Panel)

Spanish/Portuguese / Rhetoric & Composition

Elizabeth Sotelo (University of Oregon)

The chronicle is not an unknown genre, since its antiquity dates from the time of the conquest. Furthermore, its evolution has expanded into letters, books, newspapers, and magazines. In this way, two groups can be identified: the literary chronicle and the journalistic chronicle. In the second, the sports, society, political and red chronicles are distinguished. On the other hand, its presence in the literary tradition has earned it to be described as the rebellious genre with a political stance (Martín Caparrós); crucial testimony (Carlos Monsiváis); writing that transmits experiences (Julio Villanueva Chang); the platypus of prose (Juan Villoro); and the marginalized genre from the canon (Susana Rotker). The chronicle, with a focus on its genre, is still scarcely studied in the Latin American academia of North America. Therefore, this session seeks to bring together and establish conversation among specialists in the Latin American chronicle of the XXI century. By creating affinities and uniting voices of specialists focused on its study, the contribution is also to expand the existing frontiers of knowledge regarding the chronicle.
This session seeks to establish conversations on the study of the 21st-century Latin American chronicle. We seek literary and journalistic perspectives.