Newscenter: Beth Jörgensen Wins Latin American Studies Association Book Award

August 22, 2012

Beth Jörgensen, professor of Spanish-American literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, has won the 2011 book award in the humanities from the Mexico section of the Latin American Studies Association for her book Documents in Crisis: Nonfiction Literatures in Twentieth Century Mexico (SUNY Press). According to a citation from the association's selection committee, the book redefines scholarly understanding of modern Mexican literature by focusing on "nonfiction writing as a fundamental part of the landscape that has long been too heavily focused on poetry and fiction." The award is presented annually to a narrative or work of art published or produced between May 1 and December 31 of the previous year that reflects outstanding originality in its treatment of any aspect of Mexico.