On November 15, acclaimed Mexican writer and academic Margo Glantz closed this year’s three-part art and culture series titled “Artes Expansivas: Diálogo y Producción Cultural en México/Siglo XXI” (“Expansive Arts: Dialogue and Cultural Production in 21st Century Mexico”), organized by the Consulate General of Mexico, the University of Toronto’s Latin American Studies Department, the Institute for Creative Exchange (ICE), and Aeroméxico.
Glantz, a member of the Academia Mexicana de la Lengua and holder of an honorary doctorate from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), spoke about her books The Family Tree, La polca de los osos (Polka of Bears), Yo también me acuerdo (I Remember Too), and Historia de una mujer que caminó por la vida con zapatos de diseñador (Story of a Woman Who Walked through Life in Designer Shoes), as well as her many essays on the Mexican Baroque poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
The writer discussed Spanish-American poetry, her political concerns, and her most recent tweets, which she defines as a new form of instant mass-communication that requires ingenuity, the ability to summarize and a knack for aphorisms.
In addition to the connections between her work and the philosophers, writers and poets who have influenced it, Margo told of her personal, family and literary experiences that led her to become a journalist, travel writer, academic, news reporter and researcher.
She highlighted the commonalities between her works and those of authors like Sor Juana, Octavio Paz, Nelly Campobello, Juan José Arreola, Juan Rulfo, Joe Brainard, George Perec and the Spanish author Luis Alberto de Cuenca.
Other topics addressed included Glantz’s writings about the body, disease, deformations, everyday issues, femininity, freedom of speech, dignity, time, identity, and family roots.