Title

Amor y desamor: Perspectives on the graphic work of Sole Otero

Subject Area

Hispanic Women Writers

Abstract

In the blooming field of graphic novels in Spanish, the Argentinian graphic artist Sole Otero stands out for her piercing exploration of the role of women in relationships and in contemporary society. Otero explores through words and images distinct perspectives on love, memory, relationships, and trauma. This presentation focuses on how the author approaches these themes in her works La pelusa de los días (2015), Poncho Fue (2017), Cables (2017), and Intensa (2019).

Sole Otero’s soft images and pastel tones can be deceptive, as they often pack a punch. She attempts to untangle the concepts of love and romance, and the way in which they are performed culturally. Her graphic narrative serves as a reflection on women’s voices, often confronting cultural expectations of gender and responsibility. Otero’s work is at times bold, at times tender, but it is always sharp, defying the idealization of love and relationships in contemporary society.

Brief Bio Note

Dr. Karen Acosta is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Valdosta State University. Her academic interests include reading and literacy, reading strategies, and book clubs.

Keywords

Spanish, graphic novels, graphic memoir, women writers, relationships, trauma, memory, contemporary literature

Presentation Year

October 2020

Start Date

10-23-2020 12:00 PM

End Date

10-23-2020 12:40 PM

Embargo

11-14-2019

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Amor y desamor: Perspectives on the graphic work of Sole Otero

In the blooming field of graphic novels in Spanish, the Argentinian graphic artist Sole Otero stands out for her piercing exploration of the role of women in relationships and in contemporary society. Otero explores through words and images distinct perspectives on love, memory, relationships, and trauma. This presentation focuses on how the author approaches these themes in her works La pelusa de los días (2015), Poncho Fue (2017), Cables (2017), and Intensa (2019).

Sole Otero’s soft images and pastel tones can be deceptive, as they often pack a punch. She attempts to untangle the concepts of love and romance, and the way in which they are performed culturally. Her graphic narrative serves as a reflection on women’s voices, often confronting cultural expectations of gender and responsibility. Otero’s work is at times bold, at times tender, but it is always sharp, defying the idealization of love and relationships in contemporary society.