Facilities

Facilities

The Center for Latin American Literary Studies Julio Cortázar (CELL, was created due to the necessity the University had to count on academic instance whose primordial task was to study profoundly the type of literature produced in one of the regions of the world that is characterized by its richness and diversity: Latin America.

The Chair has adopted the name of the Argentinean Julio Cortázar due to the fact that he was one of the most distinguished writers (not only within Latin America) in the history of Literature in numerous ways: as a man that followed political and social ideas defined by the revolutions; as an author of literary works that contributed to the modification and innovation of the aesthetical canons that ruled throughout the history of literature, transcending territorial and linguistic barriers.

 

Objectives

Its primordial objective is to produce methodical analysis of literary pieces, because of the profoundness of communication and the possibility of expression that it provides to humans. Latin American writers are committed to the labor of translating what they observe around them and converting it into poetry: “the world that surrounds them and is imposed to them, growing and boiling, a world of contradictions and tears of contemplation and murdering actions”, as César Fernández Moreno points out in the introduction to the monumental and definitional América Latina in its literature (1972).

The Chair is inclined towards the comprehension of individual literary pieces, based on the dialogue that is established among the different literary and cultural traditions.

The CELL is structured based on three substantial functions that empower the whole academic instance of the University of Guadalajara: education, research and diffusion.

 

 About the pictorical artwork “Rayuela”:

Mexican writer Juan García Ponce, awarded the Latin American Literature Juan Rulfo 2001 Prize, had the generosity to donate a series of 22 paintings made by various Mexican visual artists. This collection is entitled “Rayuela”, paying homage to the novel (Hopscotch) that made Cortázar famous especially among the young.

García Ponce says, in a letter directed to Lic. Trinidad Padilla López, Rector of the University of Guadalajara: “Because I know the University and I am aware of the kind of work that the Chair of Latin American Studies ‘Julio Cortázar’ follows, as well as the specialized library they are building, I thought of donating this collection that I have kept for 14 years already, and that couldn’t be in a better place but in the Chair”.

The ceremony of reception of the artwork took place in the Museum of Art Carrillo Gil, on May 6th 2003. Most of the artists involved in the project attended the event, as well as various prominent staff members of the University of Guadalajara, CONACULTA and the Museum.

The collection had its creative beginning on 1984 (year in which Cortázar passed away), when Juan García Ponce, a very important specialist in the field of contemporary art, invited 22 artists to find through art a way to honor the memory of the Argentinean writer. The series of artworks was exhibited for the first time at the XII International Cervantino Festival, in the city of Guanajuato.

These are the artists that participated in the elaboration of the collection Rayuela:

 

1. Juan Soriano, 1984, oil on canvas, 40 x 80 cm. 


2. Gabriel Macotela, 1984, mix media/ canvas, 40 x 80 cm.


3. Alberto Gironella, 1984, mix media/ canvas, 40 x 80 cm.


4. Fernando García Ponce,1984, mix media/ canvas. 40 x 80 cm.


5. José Luis Cuevas, 1984, mix media/ canvas, 40 x 80 cm.


6. Manuel Felguérez, 1984, oil on canvas, 40 x 80 cm.


7. Carmen Parra, 1984, oil on canvas, 40 x 80 cm.


8. Pedro Friedeberg, 1984, oil on canvas, 40 x 80 cm.


9. Arnaldo Coen, 1984, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 80 cm.


10. Jorge Robelo, 1984, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 80 cm.


11. Miguel Ángel Alamilla, 1987, oil on canvas, 40 x 80 cm.


12. Vicente Rojo, 1984, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 80 cm.


13. Ricardo Rocha, 1984, mix media/ canvas, 40 x 80 cm.


14. Gabriel Ramírez, 1984, oil on canvas, 40 x 80 cm.


15. Luis López Loza,1984, oil on canvas, 40 x 80 cm.


16. Rodolfo Zanabria, 1984, mix media/ canvas, 40 x 80 cm.


17. Roger Von Gunten, 1984, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 80 cm.


18. Irma Palacios, 1984, acrylic on canvas,40 x 80 cm.


19. Alberto Castro Leñero, 1984, mix media/ canvas, 60 x 60 cm. 


20. Francisco Castro Leñero, 1984, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm.


21.José Castro Leñero, 1984, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm. 


22.Miguel Castro Leñero, 1984, mix media/ canvas, 60 x 60 cm.

 

The Collection Rayuela is a part of the University of Guadalajara’s patrimony, and is exhibited permanently at Casa Julio Cortázar (Lerdo de Tejada 2121, col. Lafayette, Guadalajara, Jalisco), operative headquarters of the prestigious Latin American Chair.