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Florencia Garramuño is a cultural critic and theorist  that works at the Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina). She received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Princeton University in 1995.  In 2006 she completed her postdoctoral work at the Programa Avançado de Cultura Contemporânea at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Garramuño has taught at the University of Buenos Aires and Temple University in Philadelphia. Since 1999 she has been teaching at the University of San Andrés in Buenos Aires and became the founding director of its program in Brazilian Culture in 2004. Her various books and essays collections reveal a vibrant and widespread interest in research topics. In Genealogías culturales: Argentina, Brasil y Uruguay en la novela contemporánea, 1980-1990 (1997), Garramuño thinks about the literary and intellectual interrogation of the past in South America in the 1980s. In Modernidades Primitivas: tango, samba y nación (2007), she explores the intricate processes by which tango and samba became national symbols for Brazil and Argentina.  La experiencia opaca: Literatura y desencanto (2009) is a book where Garramuño analyses the transformation of the role and function of Brazilian and Argentine literature in the 1970s and 1980s around a new concept and practice of experience. Finally, in her more recent work, Mundos en común: ensayos sobre la inespecificidad en el arte (2015), the author explores the way contemporary Latin American art and literature problematize ideas of belonging, individuality, and specificity.

 

Fabio Durão is a Brazilian literary theorist and cultural critic that works as professor and researcher in the Universidad Estatal de Campinas (Brazil). He has a Masters degree in Language from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (1997) and a PhD degree in literature from Duke University (2003), where he studied with professors like Frank Lentricchia and Fredric Jameson. His research interests include the Frankfurt School, English-language modernism, and Brazilian critical theory. Among other things he has reflected upon the relevance of literary studies nowadays and has considered in a critical way which are the potentialities of  T.W. Adorno’s ideas for the interpretation of culture in the present. Durão is the author of  Collected Fragments  (Nankin, 2015), Modernism and Coherence (Peter Lang, 2008) and American (Literary) Theory  (Associated Authors, 2011). He has also co-edited Modernism Group Dynamics: The Politics and Poetics of Friendship (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008), and organized Culture Industry Today (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010). From 2014 to 2016 he was president of the National Association of Postgraduate and Research in Letters and Linguistics (ANPOLL).

 

Ariadna Castellarnau is a young novelist. Her short stories have been included in the anthologies Panorama Interzona (Interzona) and Extrema Ficción (Antologías Traviesa). Her first novel, Quema (2015), was published by Gog y Magog (Argentina) and won the Seventh Edition of the Premio de Novela Internacional Las Américas in Puerto Rico on 2016. From 2009 to 2016 she lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she worked as a cultural director for the Argentinian government and wrote for different media outlets: the cultural supplements of the newspapers Radar and Perfil (Argentina), the magazines Anfibia and Etiqueta Negra (Perú). As a journalist, she has interviewed Mircea Cartarescu, Jeffrey Eugenides, Benjamin Lacombe, Siri Hustvedt, Cynthia Ozick, J.M. Coetzee and Stephen Dixon.  She has degrees in Spanish Philology from the Universidad de Lérida and Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the Universidad de Barcelona. Her doctoral degree is from the Universidad Pompeu Fabra.