Eugene Lang College Associate Professor of Literary Studies Honored with 2020 PROSE Award
Juan E. de Castro, Associate Professor at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, was honored with the 2020 PROSE Award in literature for his book Writing Revolution in Latin America: From Martí to García Márquez to Bolaño. An expansive study of literary representations of revolution in Latin America, Writing Revolution in Latin America examines the decades of the 1960s to the present, exploring how revolutionary thinking is conveyed in fiction by writers who have witnessed the events. In writing this book, de Castro was influenced by a course he teaches at Lang, “Literature and Revolution in Latin America.”
“I’m extremely pleased and honored to receive this recognition. The topic I studied–the trajectory of the idea of revolution in Spanish-American literature and culture–is very timely given that there’s a growing awareness of the limits and contradictions of our economic and social system not only in the global South but also in the United States,” said de Castro.
The 2020 PROSE Awards, by the Association of American Publishers, recognizes works published in 2019 that demonstrate exceptional scholarship and have made a significant contribution to a field of study. More than 630 works were submitted to the PROSE Awards competition. The entries were narrowed to 157 finalists, and De Castro is among the 49 subject category winners honored this year.