Ana María Shua’s Daughter: New Experiments in Argentine Jewish Historical Fiction with Claire Solomon

Presented on Zoom, October 19, 2021

Professor Claire Solomon considers how acclaimed writer Ana María Shua plays with Argentine Jewish history through a mother-daughter narrative that is also a metaliterary experiment, alternating novel chapters with diary entries about the process of its creation. On one level, Daughter is the story of a mother who longs for a child, and finally has a beautiful, talented daughter who may also be... evil. In its back-and-forth movement from past to present, Shua's novel reveals how we are drawn to fiction to grapple with history's disasters, suggesting that history has a way of erupting in our most intimate relationships.

About the speaker:

Claire Solomon is associate professor of Hispanic Studies and comparative literature at Oberlin College. She is the author of Fictions of the Bad Life, a book about literary prostitutes, and short fiction and essays about avant-garde theater, anarcho-feminism, Manic Pixie Dream Girls, translation theory and new music. She is currently at work on a novel about higher education and the libretto of a new opera, Centuries in the Hours, with composer Lisa Bielawa.