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Happily Ever Trapped

We’ll live happily ever trapped if you just save my life
Run and tell the angels that everything’s alright (…)
Fly along with me, I can’t quite make it alone
Try to make this life my own
(Dave Grohl, “Learn to Fly”)

Que no se puede escapar de la infancia. Ni del pasado. Ni de las cosas que uno perdió. Al final la vida queda arrinconada en una frase, en una imagen que sigue dando vueltas sobre uno, hasta que uno decide desecharla, o reemplazarla.
(Diego Erlán, “El amor nos destrozará”)

Happily (if lucky) ever trapped: because the stories we are going to explore in these five sessions are about children (or teenagers) who try to make sense of some experiences that will define their adulthood. But, as Diego Erlán’s quote poses, childhood can never be escaped.

If we consider the Latin etymology of the word ‘infant’: incapable of speech, we will see how these ‘muted’ characters will voice their subjectivity- in their loneliness, with the language available to them, building their own fictions.


  1. 10/4‘The Haunted Boy’ by Carson McCullers and ‘Doctor Jack-o’-Lantern’ by Richard Yates.
  2. 24/4 – ‘Bobby’s Room’ by Douglas Dunn.
  3. 8/5 – ‘Racine and the Tablecloth’ by A.S. Byatt.
  4. 29/5‘Buckets of Blood’ by Tessa Hadley.
  5. 5/6De este lado: ‘Felicidad clandestina’ by Clarice Lispector; ‘Conejo’ by Abelardo Castillo; ‘Macario’ by Juan Rulfo.

How are we going to work?

You read the stories before the meeting. Jot down your impressions, your ideas and associations. We discuss them on the date of the online meeting.

The stories will be sent by e-mail prior to the meeting, with enough time for you to read them.

How much does it cost?

For APRIR members: $400 each session. One advance payment for all five sessions: $1700
For non-members: $600 each session. One advance payment for all five sessions: $2600

Pay by bank transfer AND email the slip to

Banco Nación Suc. 3020- Rosario
CBU Nº 0110444240044427146462
Cuenta Corriente Especial
Nº de cuenta: 444271464/6
Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Rosario
CUIT: 30680502109

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