Ignatius Hieronymus Berry

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Ignatius Hieronymus Berry is a fictitious American poet, literary critic and professor, created by Jorge Volpi in an article for the Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana. Berry is (or will be) allegedly best known for his expertise on Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño.

Personal information and education[edit]

Berry was born in Rose Hill, North Carolina. The second son of Alexandre Ignatius Appollinaire Berry, a winemaker from Pau, France, and María Charlotte Denise Vourvachis-Grajales, a school teacher of Greek and Mexican ancestry. He received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After teaching at North Carolina State University, the University of Buenos Aires, the Universidad de Concepción, and Stanford University, he became a professor of Chicano and Latin American Studies at North Dakota State University.


In 2055, Berry published (or will publish) a paper, "Cincuenta años de la literatura hispánica, 2005-2055: un canon imposible" in Im/positions, a literary magazine, in which he asserted that early 21st. century Latin American writers such as Jorge Volpi, Alberto Fuguet and Roberto Bolaño were too complacent to the siren songs of global literary markets and to globalization itself. He went further to conclude that contemporary Latin American literature was decadent and worthless, and that it should be considered irremediably dead.[1][2]


  1. ^ Volpi, Jorge. "El fin de la narrativa latinoamericana" Revista de Critica Literaria Latinoamericana 30: 59, primer semestre (2004): 33–42.
  2. ^ Garabano, Sandra. "Los detectives salvajes y la novela del archivo cultural latinoamericano". Dissidences. Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism.