AUSTIN, Texas - Arturo Arias, professor of Latin American literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the Publication of the Modern Language Association of America (PMLA) Advisory Committee.
Chosen to represent specific fields of study, members of the advisory committee advise the editorial board and the editor on articles submitted in their fields for publication in the PMLA. Arias will represent the field of Mexican, Caribbean and Central American literature.
A leading scholar of Central American Literature and past president of the Latin American Studies Association, Arias specializes in indigenous literature, critical theory, race, gender and sexuality in postcolonial studies. A two-time recipient of the Casa de las Americas Prize, one of Latin America’s oldest and most prestigious awards, Arias has published numerous scholarly publications and novels. In recognition of his outstanding literary production, Arias was awarded Guatemala’s highest literary prize, the Miguel Angel Asturias National Literary Award for Lifetime Literary Production in November 2008. In 2010, he presented his recent novel “Arias de Don Giovanni” at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, the second largest book expo in the world. He also co-authored the screenplay for the film “El Norte,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1985.
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