“Comparative Reportages: An Ontology of French Narrative Journalistic Influences and Dialogue in Chile and Argentina”
Project directors:

John S. Bak, Patricia Poblete

Project Members

Marcela Aguilar Guzmán, Universidad Finis Terrae, CONICYT
Marina Alvarado Cornejo, Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez, postdoc
Audrey Alvès, Université de Lorraine, CREM (EA 3476)
William Dow, American Univeristy of Paris & Université Paris Est (UPEM), LISAA (EA 3349)
Maria Carolina Giliolli Goos, Université Paris Ouest / Lorraine IDEA (EA 2338), doctoral student
Roberto Miguel Herrscher, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, CONICYT
Aleksandra Wiktorowska, Université de Lorraine IDEA (EA 2338), postdoc

Project Partners with IDEA:

Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Universidad Finis Terrae

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Project Sponsors:

CONICYT (Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica) & ECOS-Sud (Evaluation-orientation de la COopération Scientifique, Ministères français chargés des Affaires Etrangères, de l’Education Nationale et de la Recherche)


The objectives of CRONICA are essentially threefold: to provide a historiography of Chilean and Argentinean literary journalism, one that will help to determine what part of their reportage written today is imported and what part is home-grown; to discern from where precisely the imported traditions had originated (Spain, of course, but also France and the United States, and perhaps even Portugal) and what cultural imports were brought along with them; and in discovering what elements are unique to Chile and Argentina, to determine if any of these traits have found their way back across the seas to the U.S. and Europe (Spain and France, in particular), since both continents are experiencing a renaissance in literary journalism and reportage literature to help them placate the current crises affecting the print media.

Program 2019

Collective research on the transference of the 19th-century French chronique juridique to the Chilean press and its influence on the crónica rojo, narrative news article concerned with social violence. An article will be submitted to Literary Journalism Studies.


Project member Marcela Aguilar published the article “A Narratological Approach to Latin American Contemporary Chronicle under American Literary Journalism Parameters” in Brazilian Journalism Research 15.1 (2019). DOI: 10.25200/BJR.v15n1.2019.1349.


Project member Roberto Herrscher will present the talk “Documentary Theatre in Latin America as ‘Performance Journalism’: How the Victims, Actors and Witnesses of a Violent Regional Past Tell Their Own Stories on Stage” at IALJS 14 in Stony Brook (USA).

In May, project leader Patricia Poblete came to IMG_5548Paris to conduct archival research  at the Bibliotèque Nationale. She then traveled to Nancy to work with John S. Bak. While there, she delivered a talk on 23 May, entitled “Mario Rivas: social crónica, humor and satire.”June meeting 2019

Two recent profiles of the project  appeared in Chile: “Dra. Marina Alvarado investiga los orígenes de la crónica roja en proyecto conjunto entre Chile y Francia” and “Sobre influencia de prensa francesa en medios localesCon estancia en Universidad de Lorraine docente de la Academia ejecuta proyecto ECOS-CONICYT.”

Program 2020

Planning is in the works to present a full panel on the influences of the 19th-century French press on early Chilean crónistas at IALJS 15 to be held in Copenhagan in mid-May 2020.

Immediately following the IALJS panel, colleagues and graduate students will convene in Nancy for a week-long Ecole d’été (Summer School). The transnational literary journalism Summer School, “Current Trends in French Journalisme Littéraire and the Chilean Crónica,” for Master’s and PhD students of Media Studies, English or Spanish Literature, or Government Policy will explore how current trends in narrative literary journalism in France as well as in Chile is reshaping the media landscape of both countries, providing a significant panaceas not only to counter the decline in print media readership but also to placate the readers’ growing distrust in that media’s global message. Following morning and afternoon workshops and lectures on four principal themes treated in literary journalism (war, immigration, politics and social inequalities), students will be introduced to the historical and cultural motivations behind the rise of literary journalism in both countries. Two professional French literary journalists, Patrick de Saint-Exupery and Adrien Bosc, will be invited to speak to the students about their experiences in writing reportages over the years and in currently editing magazines dedicated to the genre, Revue XXI and Revue Feuilleton. At the end of the course, students will be required to develop their own pedagogical unit (modeled on the four themes presented or based on an entirely different theme not addressed during the course) and present it orally in English before the class.

Program 2021

IALJS 16 will be held in Santiago, Chile, organized by the three Chilean partner univeristies: Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Universidad Finis Terrae. The CRONICA project will present its research to date, and various Chilean crónistas will be invited to participate in the various debates on the Latin American crónica.