Jean Franco

Jean Franco was the first Professor of Latin American Literature in England. She is now Professor Emeritus English/Comparative Literature at Columbia University, New York. Her work continues to portray with sensitivity and clarity the violence witnessed throughout Latin America. Professor Franco has been decorated by the governments of Mexico,Chile and Venezuela for her work on Latin American literature and has received awards from PEN and from the Latin American Studies Association for lifetime achievement. She has served as President of the Latin American Studies Association in Great Britain and of the Latin American Studies Association in the U.S. Her most recent book ‘Cruel Modernity’ continues to receive widespread praise.