I am currently writing a book on utopia, apocalypse, and alternative history in twentieth century Latin American literatures. I explore how different avatars of potential modernity are presented in works by Brazilian writers Euclides da Cunha and João Guimarães Rosa; Argentine authors Adolfo Bioy Casares and Juan José Saer; Mexican novelists Juan Rulfo and Carlos Fuentes; and Cuban exiles Reinaldo Arenas and Severo Sarduy. All these authors engage, in one way or the other, with the utopian (and the anti-utopian), the apocalyptic, and the sacrificial, in order to imagine emancipatory processes and articulate the desire or fear for a new reality. In a shared context of political violence, dictatorships, disempowerment and historical trauma, they invite readers to imagine alternative articulations of the modern that may potentially be located in and emerge from what is perceived as a failed, incomplete, or divergent modernity.
My first book was on contemporary science fiction in Latin America. I continue reading and thinking about science fiction in and outside the region, and I am attracted to genres that are seen as “popular,” “marginal,” or “out of place” in Latin America, such as Guillermo del Toro’s vampire trilogy, Marcelo Cohen’s work, or Santiago Rocangliolo’s recent dystopian fiction.