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February 10, 2020 at 9:30 am

Clarksville Online Quotes Torres on Genre of Noir Narrative in Latin America

Dr. Daniel Torres, shown reading from a book

Dr. Daniel Torres

Clarksville (TN) Online quotes Dr. Daniel Torres, Professor of Spanish at Ohio University, in a story headlined “Austin Peay State University professor Di Paolo Harrison looks at femicide for sixth scholarly book.”

“My mother watches the daily news on Argentine TV all the time, and every day she will come and say, ‘There’s another femicide and another femicide,’” Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo Harrison, Austin Peay State University Spanish professor, said. “I said, ‘I’m going to look into this,’ and I found that in January 2019, a femicide was perpetrated in Argentina every 27 hours.

These unsettling revelations sent Di Paolo Harrison – one of the top 10 literary critics of contemporary hardboiled fiction, according to the Argentine press – on a year-long journey through crime novels to see how these authors interpreted this chilling trend.

“I wanted to see it through the lens of literature, through detective fiction, which is the social novel of the 21st century and part of the 20th century,” he said.

“‘Queer Noir Hispanico’ is a ground-breaking publication that constitutes a true contribution to the field of Hispanic Studies,” Dr. Daniel Torres, professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Ohio University, said. “It takes the genre of noir narrative in Latin America and Spain out of the closet.”

Read more at Clarksville Online.

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