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Dr. Dickson's manuscript project, Literary Sympathies, Republican Citizenship, examines the role of public emotions such as sympathy and compassion in antislavery and indigenista literary texts from Peru, and more broadly in bourgeois citizenship, from the end of the eighteenth through the middle of the twentieth centuries. Presentations of this research include:
He has also written on trauma as an idea in novels by Alonso Cueto and Santiago Roncagliolo in “Trauma and Trauma Discourse: Peruvian Fiction after the CVR,” and on the visual depiction of Sendero Luminoso violence in news photographs and the graphic novels Rupay and Barbarie in “Cartoon Violence: Drawing Peru’s Internal Conflict”.
“Trauma and Trauma Discourse: Peruvian Fiction after the CVR.” Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana. 41: 2 (2012).
“Making the Stone Speak: César Moro and the Object.” Surrealism in Latin America: Vivísimo muerto. Eds. Dawn Ades, Rita Eder and Graciela Speranza. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2012.
“Villaurrutia, Nostalgia, and the Gendering of Modernity.” Cien años de lealtad en honor a Luis Leal. Eds. Sara Poot Herrera, Francisco Lomelí, María Herrera-Sobek. Santa Barbara and Mexico City: UC Santa Barbara, UNAM, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, 2007.
“Moro en 1936: Vuelta hacia lo político.” Actas del Coloquio Internacional César Moro y el surrealismo en América Latina. Ed. Yolanda Westphalen. Lima, Peru: Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, 2005.
Kent Dickson is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Cal Poly Pomona in Pomona, CA. He received his doctorate in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from UCLA in 2005 with a dissertation on the work of Peruvian poet César Moro (1903-1956) and Mexican poet Xavier Villaurrutia (1903-1950). His research has focused on gender and Latin American Surrealism, on post-2003 fictional portrayals of the armed conflict between the Peruvian government and Sendero Luminoso guerrillas, and on sympathetic portrayal in eighteenth through twentieth century Peruvian letters, particularly in anti-slavery and indigenista writings.