Arturo Arias Receives Guatemala’s Top Literary Award
Posted: September 26, 2008
LLILAS congratulates Arturo Arias, Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, as recipient of the Miguel Ángel Asturias National Prize in Literature 2008, Guatemala’s most prestigious literary award. Dedicated to the memory of the former Guatemalan writer, statesman, and Nobel winner, the one-time only award recognizes a writer's body of work.
Professor Arias, who specializes in twentieth-century Spanish American literature, is a Ph.D. of L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes Paris. He is also a specialist on ethnic issues and subaltern identity, both of which are central themes in his fiction and his academic studies. Among his numerous publications are Taking Their Word: Literature and the Signs of Central America (2007), The Rigoberta Menchú Controversy (2000), a critical edition of Miguel Ángel Asturias’s Mulata (2000), The Identity of the Word: Guatemalan Narrative in Light of the New Century (1998), and Ceremonial Gestures: Central American Literature 1960–1990 (1998). In addition, he is author of six novels in Spanish and a novel in English entitled Rattlesnake (Curbstone Press, 2003), as well as cowriter of the film El Norte (1984). Professor Arias also has received the Casa de las Americas Award and the Anna Seghers Scholarship for his work. He was President of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) from 2001–2003.