Microcuentos: very short Latin American fiction in and for pandemic times

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Abstract

This article brings attention to a form of narrative fiction that has engaged with the Covid-19 outbreak by embracing social media. Microcuentos, a form of very brief short stories usually referred to as flash fiction in English, have widely circulated across Latin America through digital platforms in pandemic times. But more than simply thriving in a context of globally spread fear, death, and isolation, I argue that – in the 2020s – microcuentos are uniquely suited for pandemic times. By combining narrative intensity condensed in a structurally limited wordcount with social media’s capacity to circulate swiftly and widely, writers of microcuentos across the region have been exceptionally capable of responding to the crisis as it is happening. The case of the Latin American microcuento in the time of Covid-19 invites us to question the hegemony of the novel while rethinking the meanings of World Literature in a pandemic and post-pandemic world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-53
JournalJournal of World Literature
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • Covid 19 literature
  • Latin American Literature
  • Microcuento
  • world literature

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