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17:30 - 19:00 4 December 2015

On fiction and crime in twentieth-century Mexico

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Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Pablo Piccato, Professor of History, Columbia

Crime fiction was one of the most popular genres in Mexico during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Through an examination of some famous and other relatively unknown authors, this talk explores the defining condition for the genre in Mexico: the skepticism of readers and authors toward the police and the justice system. How can these stories work if the truth is always elusive and justice rarely achieved? The emergence of readers and authors during these decades was possible thanks to the strong connections between the genre and the local crime news, and the selective use of foreign narrative models.


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Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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