Ailen Cruz

Ailen Cruz

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In 2014, as I rummaged through Robarts’ stacks, I found a beautifully decorated novel while looking for another one entirely. The animals on the cover called my attention and I —thankfully— ignored the literal meaning of the antiquated notion that one should not judge books by their covers. The book contained a bestiary as a narrative tool. Back then, the concept was an exciting yet foreign idea. Today, my life revolves around bestiaries and the paths they lead down: subversive, ruminating, critical, devastating, and delightful paths. As I continue to dig them up in the corners of every library and bookstore I visit, what began as literary curiosity now spans over 35 works. This contemporary corpus innovates and pushes the boundaries of the genre.Through my work, I aim to bring recognition to this understudied aspect of Hispanic literature and decipher what about the genre continues to attract authors centuries after its origins.

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