Mark Millington is Professor of Latin American Studies in the Faculty of Arts in the University of Nottingham, UK. His research has ranged widely over Latin American fiction in the twentieth century from a variety of points of view with articles and books on authors including Onetti, Borges, García Márquez, Vargas Llosa, Cabrera Infante, Carpentier, Fuentes, Monterroso, Donoso, Gallegos, Güiraldes, Piñera, Amado, Fonseca and Peri Rossi. His last book, Hombres in/visibles: La representación de la masculinidad en la ficción latinoamericana 1920-1980, examined a variety of narrative fiction and, as well as theorizing the issue of masculinity, traced changing patterns of representation in different Latin American nations across the twentieth century. He has also worked on post-colonialism and the theory of transculturation in the Latin American context.
Millington’s current research focuses on Carlos Reygadas, his relation with cinematic precursors and his exploration of the medium of film. Another major area of current research centres on intellectual life in Mexico in the twentieth century. Broadly, he is exploring the public role(s) which were available to intellectuals and whether these may have changed over time, and the nature of their intellectual formation and ideological orientation. He has published a study of politics and the role of the intellectual as explored in Martín Luis Guzmán’s La sombra del caudillo and José Revueltas’s Los días terrenales. His current focus is on José Vasconcelos (1882-1959), and in particular his four-volume autobiography on which Millington has published two articles and is preparing a book. On the one hand, his interest is in how Vasconcelos uses his autobiography to configure a self-image as intellectual and public figure and in the degree to which that image is coherent. On the other hand, Millington is interested in the rather more difficult task of trying to identify the nature of Vasconcelos’ political thinking and ideology in his autobiography, and relating these dimensions of his outlook to the rapidly changing political and institutional environment of early twentieth-century Mexico. From a theoretical point of view, the challenge of studying both these aspects of Vasconcelos is to understand the interplay of the personal and the public, of the self and the other, to maintain a clear sense of the individual but to understand how that individual was embedded in collective social and cultural processes.