Latin American literature has often reminded us that there are fates far worse than death. In fact, it often portrays death as a natural part of the cycle of life and only sometimes uses it as a gulf to di vide character interaction. A character dead for many years can often still be found communicating and influencing the living characters in a Latin American work of art. For example, Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits takes its very title from the spirits of life and death that move about in the house on the corner. In contrast to this continued influence, this paper will examine the things that halt this interaction, including many of the political and economic atrocities that still persist in Central and South America today. The disappeared have been robbed of the influence their voice and their spirit might have on the living, thus suffering a fate worse than death.

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Twenty-Seventh Kearse Distinguished Lecture Award Recipient

Award in English: Literature

Faculty Sponsor: Sandra Saari

College: Liberal Arts

Course: Latin American Literature

Professor: Sandra Saari

The Kearse awards recognize students who have written the most outstanding research papers or projects in areas of study in the College of Liberal Arts. There is one faculty-nominated awardee from each COLA department. Henry J. and Mary Geirin Kearse, lifelong advocates of education, endowed the award.

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