The Generation of '72: Latin America's Forced Global Citizens
This collection aims to both affirm and move-beyond the primary readings presented by Goic, Shaw, and Avelar. It presents an attempt to update theoretical approaches to the Generation of ’72 and to explore how its collective aesthetics holds up, as dictatorships give way to neoliberal democracies. The list of authors presented here is not meant to be a rigid schematic, but rather a jumping off point. Many authors have come and gone from this volume’s short list. Our goal is not to define, canonize, and exclude but, along with the greatly talented scholars that have agreed to contribute to this collection, to add to the growing conversation on contemporary Latin American letters. With that in mind, the authors that comprise the Generation of ’72 and receive criticism in this collection consist of Luisa Valenzuela (1938), Antonio Skármeta (1940), Ricardo Piglia (1941), Cristina Peri Rossi (1941), Ariel Dorfman (1942), Fernando Vallejo (1942), Osvaldo Soriano (1943), Reinaldo Arenas (1943), Diamela Eltit (1949), and César Aira (1949).