Open Cultural Studies Special Issue: Alberto Blest Gana at 100

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Call for Papers
June 15, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Literature

Alberto Blest Gana at 100

The year 2020 marks the one-hundredth anniversary of Alberto Blest Gana’s death. The prolific writer, who lived to the age of ninety, is arguably the most important author of Chile’s nineteenth century, noted especially for his ability to capture the pulse of the emerging Chilean nation. He lived half of his life in Chile and half in France; he is buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Although he left his native country, Chile and Chileans (and Latin America) were the centerpiece of his work.

This special issue, edited by Dr. Patricia Vilches, proposes to reacquaint readers with Blest Gana. It intertwines and examines his literary output through the lenses of cultural studies, cultural history, film studies, gender studies, spatial studies, and more. 

Essays could address a rich variety of topics found in Blest Gana and his oeuvre, such as:

  • Nation building.

  • The Space of Santiago, Chile, the urban and the rural.

  • The Space of Paris.

  • Films / TV Adaptations of the author’s novels.

  • Chile, politics in the nineteenth century and today.

  • Poverty, Wealth.

  • Illness, Suicide, Death.

  • Diplomatic life and Writing life.

(This is not an exhaustive list)

The deadline for extended abstracts is 15 June, 2020.

Authors will be notified about acceptance till 1 July, 2020.

Deadline for full articles is 1 October, 2020.


Contact Info: 

Guest Editor: Dr. Patricia Vilches (

Managing Editor: Dr. Katarzyna Grzegorek (