Marcel Jaentschke

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PhD candidate - Spanish

Marcel Jaentschke earned an MA in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Missouri, and completed undergraduate studies in Sociology at Universidad Centroamericana (UCA). Marcel does research on comparative literature and cultural studies, with a focus on the Afro-Caribbean region of Central America. His MA thesis analyzes the discourses on modernization and mestizaje in Lizandro Chávez Alfaro’s Trágame tierra (México: Editorial Diógenes, 1969), arguing that the novel is defined by its contradictory affiliation to the history of Nicaragua’s Afro-Caribbean coast, in which one could identify a series of cultural anxieties attributed to the Western genre. 

One of Marcel’s literary reviews appeared in Istmo: Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos, and his article “Managua: el lugar del extrañamiento en la ficción de Juan Aburto” was included in Cuentos Completos (Managua: Hispamer & Centroamérica Cuenta, 2018), a critical edition of the complete short stories of Nicaraguan writer Juan Aburto, edited by Dr. Erick Blandón.