Monsiváis, Carlos (1938–)

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Monsiváis, Carlos (1938–)

Carlos Monsiváis (b. 4 May 1938) is a Mexican writer. One of the leading cultural essayists and editorialists in Latin America, Monsiváis completed studies in economics and literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). His works include the editorship of Antología de la poesía mexicana (1966), and the authorship of Díaz de guardar (1971), Amor perdido (1977), Escenas de pudor y liviandad (1981), and Entrada libre (1987). He has published numerous interpretative articles on a multitude of cultural subjects in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. Widely respected and influential, he is regarded as one of the most authoritative, insightful, and independent voices of Mexico and Latin America. Monsiváis is a regular contributor to La Jornada and Proceso. Subcomandante Marcos, the spokesman/leader of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in Chiapas, has cited Monsiváis as an influence. In 2006, Monsiváis was involved in a movement of leading Latin American authors and cultural figures that demanded sovereignty for Puerto Rico.

See alsoJournalism in Mexico .


Egan, Linda. Carlos Monsiváis: Culture and Chronicle in Contemporary Mexico. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2001.

García, Cristina, ed. Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature. New York: Vintage Books, 2006.

                                         David Maciel