Commemorating 50 years of ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’


A post by Peter Jordens.

A selection of events by US universities commemorating the 50th anniversary of Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad [One Hundred Years of Solitude] (1967):

March 1, 2017

Birss Memorial Series Lecture and Library Exhibition: “Gabriel García Márquez and One Hundred Years of Solitude

University Library, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island 02809

Lecture will be delivered by Maria Helena Rueda, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Smith College.


Library exhibition is open daily through March 31 during the library’s operating hours.


March 10, 2017

Graduate Student Conference: “The Contexts and Receptions of Gabriel García Márquez”

Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS), Johns Hopkins University

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Gabriel García Márquez’s classic One Hundred Years of Solitude and in commemoration of a renowned, beloved, and influential author, this conference will discuss the contextual underpinnings and/or the reception of his works in the literary, political, historic, and economic worlds. Questions that this conference seeks to answer are: What contexts have informed García Márquez’s writing and how has his literary contribution translated into new economic and political theories, new historical perspectives, and new literary art/criticism? What is the current state of reception of García Márquez’s works in comparison to past examples of reception? How has the interpretation of his work evolved over time? In what ways has García Márquez affected the geopolitical and/or literary landscape in Colombia and abroad? Has García Márquez’s writing catalyzed new questions that need to be addressed?



Spring 2017 Semester

University Seminar LLRO 13186-03: One Hundred Years of Solitude
Instructor: Joshua Lund

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame

This course is dedicated to a semester-long study of a masterpiece of narrative fiction in anticipation of its 50th anniversary: Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967). Through careful and systematic reading, our discussions will move in two directions: On the one hand, toward the ways in which the central themes of the text—including but not limited to love, family, war, nation, science, travel, narrative, and writing itself—both illuminate and are illuminated by questions central to Western philosophy. On the other hand, the way in which the novel negotiates its own specific context—Western culture, the Americas, Latin America, Colombia—and how it confronts us to rethink that context. At the end of the course, besides having experienced one of the great artworks of the modern age, you should feel that your perspective on the world has been altered, at least a little.



November 30 – December 2, 2017

Symposium: “Half a Century: 50 years of One Hundred Years of Solitude

Via Ostilia, Rome, Italy (Notre Dame International / University of Notre Dame)

Cien años de soledad (1967), by the Nobel laureate Gabriel García-Márquez, is the best-known Latin American novel of the twentieth-century. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of its publication, this symposium will convene its most engaging established and rising scholarly interpreters. This symposium will ask its participants for critical reflection, not homage. After 50 years, 35 translations, and 30 million copies, it is high time for a re-assessment of the cultural politics of this novel. Seeking formulations of and reflections on new questions about the historical, material and philosophical problems that the novel raises, the meeting will have the goal to set a new agenda for the continued study of Latin America’s most prominent novel, one that both reflects on the history of interpretations of the novel and contemplates how the novel can speak to us anew today.


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