Jorge Fornet is currently in residence at UW-Madison's Spanish and Portuguese Department as a Jay and Ruth Halls Visiting Scholar. With a PhD in Hispanic Literature from the Colegio de México, Fornet is a prolific and influential Cuban literary scholar. He is Principal Researcher and, since 1994, Director of the Centro de Investigaciones Literarias of the Casa de las Américas in Havana. Since 2010, along with Roberto Fernández Retamar, he has codirected the Revista Casa de las Américas, a major hemispheric journal that has been publishing the work of key Latin American intellectuals for over fifty years. Fornet’s articles and essays have appeared in several major journals, and he has edited three volumes of critical essays. In addition, Jorge Fornet has authored eight books, among which his lucid and seminal examination of 21st -century Cuban narrative (Los nuevos paradigmas. Prólogo narrativo del siglo XXI, awarded the Premio Alejo Carpentier de ensayo and the Premio de la Crítica in 2006), and El 71: anatomía de una crisis (2013), a complex and bold critical history of the series of events that culminated in the “critical” year 1971 in Cuba. His most recent book is a critical survey of the “new Latin American narrative,” Salvar el fuego: notas sobre la nueva narrativa latinoamericana (2017).
Sponsored by Jay & Ruth Halls Visiting Scholar Fund.