Dr Valdi Astvaldsson, Senior Lecturer in Iberian & Latin American Studies, had edited a volume of essays on violence and endurance in central America and the Caribbean, to be published by Nova this month.
The articles published in this volume grew out of two seminars on post-civil war Central American literature, supported by a British Academy UK-Latin America/Caribbean Link Scheme grant and organised jointly by Modern Languages & Cultures and the Departamento de Letras, Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas in El Salvador. At their inception, the main purpose of the two seminars was to bring together leading specialists in Central American literary and cultural studies from the UK and Central America – with many of the latter living in the US and Europe – to assess critically recent developments in the region’s literary output.
This volume addresses issues that are crucial for the understanding of what has been happening in Central American literature since the late 1980s.
The main focus is on post-civil war literature, and how it tends to be different in content and style from literature published during the long years of social conflict and armed struggle. The scope of the chapters is wide-ranging, covering literature from the five countries most affected by civil war: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.