Delfina Cabrera received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the Université de Perpignan via Domitia (in conjunction with the Università degli Studi di Bergamo) under the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programme Cultural Studies in Literary Interzones. Her research engages a wide range of fields that includes contemporary Latin American literatures, translation studies, genetic criticism, gender studies, and the visual arts.

She has taught at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín and, prior to joining the ICI Berlin, was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Universidad de La Plata-CONICET). She has conducted research as a visiting scholar at both the Universität Potsdam and the Institute of Modern Texts and Manuscripts (ITEM /CNRS-ENS). She is the author of Las lenguas vivas. Zonas de exilio y traducción en Manuel Puig (Buenos Aires: Prometeo, 2016).

The Unwriting Machine:
Medio and the Archive in Mario Bellatin

ICI Project 2018-20

How to write without writing? What is a literary milieu outside of itself? How can we read a writing that proliferates by disappearing? Where does the archive end and the oeuvre begin? This project aims to explore the creative (un)writing process of the Mexican writer Mario Bellatin through the polyvalent concept of medio in order to reflect upon the figure of errantry in contemporary Latin American literary practices at large.

Closely engaging with the author’s living archive and his writing practice beyond literature, Cabrera will concentrate on how his works challenge the notion of writing as trace or inscription into a literary body. The development of the concept of medio will be the center of the project as it defines the mechanism of differentiation and transformation between diverse arts and materialities Bellatin uses to expose literature towards an exteriority of wild errancy.