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My dissertation focuses on the evolution of exile discourse in Latin American novels written after 1990. I analyze works penned by canonical authors including Mario Vargas Llosa, Ricardo Piglia and Mario Benedetti, but also by younger writers such as Mayra Santos-Febres, Xavier Velasco and María Teresa Andruetto. I posit that although traditional narratives of political exile exhibit visible signs of saturation, exile discourse in the region is far from exhausted. Recent novels by these and other writers continue to make use of the always versatile aesthetics of exile, appropriating it to represent new issues related to economic hardship, class, gender, race, and sexual identity. This changing landscape in the literature of the region calls for an urgent reassessment of prevailing critical approaches and long-standing definitions of exile that tend to unduly favor politically motivated expulsions and forced geographic displacements over other exile variants that are systematically omitted or deemed illegitimate.