4 May 2021, 11h MX / 17h UK

Organised by the Sub-Faculty of Spanish in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford and the Centre for Mexican Studies, UNAM-UK.


Cristina is the award-winning Mexican author of 7 novels, 3 books of short stories, 5 of poetry and 3 non-fiction works, among others.

Cristina Rivera Garza is one of the prominent Spanish American writers of recent decades, and the recipient of numerous literary awards in Mexico and other countries. She was born in Mexico (Matamoros, Tamaulipas, 1964), and has lived in the United States since 1989. She studied urban sociology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and received her PhD in Latin American history from the University of Houston. She has written extensively on the social history of mental illness in early twentieth-century Mexico. She received an Honoris Causa Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Houston in 2012. Her work explores issues of gender, identity, migration, memory, mental illness, the body, and the limits of language, among others. She established the first doctoral programme in creative writing in Spanish in the United States, based at the University of Houston.