Héctor M. Leyva

Héctor M. Leyva is a professor at the School of Literature of the National Autonomous University of Honduras, he received his doctorate from the Complutense University of Madrid with his work "Narrative of the Central American Revolutionary Processes (1960-1990)", he is a researcher on literary and cultural and received an honorable mention from the Andrés Bello Prize for Ibero-American Memory and Thought Colombia for his book Collapse of the Ancient World / Birth of the New World. Around the orality of traditional peoples (2006).

Currently, his works are aimed at articulating literary and cultural criticism with the search for answers to situations of extreme violence that affect the Central American region. He deals with sensitivities as modes of projection of a politic in the forms of sociability that allow us to approach the experiences, modes of understanding, and participation of the subjects in their daily contexts.


Monographs (selection)

2021. Las caravanas centroamericanas: guerras inciviles, migración y crisis del estatuto de refugiado. San José: Colección Avances de Investigación – CIHAC – Sección CALAS.

2009. Imaginarios (sub)terráneos. Estudios literarios y culturales de Honduras. Tegucigalpa: Plural, impr.


Articles / Chapters (selection)

2017. “Necropolítica y resistencia. Análisis crítico del nuevo texto de la legislación penal de Honduras”. En: Revista Envío-Honduras 15 (52). 21-26.

2016. “Absolute Destitution in the Narrative of Jorge Medina García” en Astvaldur Astvaldsson (ed.) Violence and Endurance. Representations of War and Peace in Post-War Central American Narratives. New York. Nova Publishers.

2015. “Narrativas del estupor: literatura y violencia en tres novelas centroamericanas”. En Carrera Garrido, Miguel y Pietrak, Mariola (eds.).

2014. Narrativas de la violencia. Representaciones en las literaturas hispánicas. Guerra, sociedad y familia. Sevilla: UMCS/Ed. Padilla Libros. 119-135.

2014. “El discreto encanto del cuerpo social corrupto: violencia, literatura y medios de comunicación". En: IstmoRevista Virtual de Estudios Literarios y Culturales Centroamericanos (julio-diciembre).

2014. “Las fisuras del testimonio”. En: Istmo, Revista Virtual de Estudios Literarios y Culturales Centroamericanos, enero-junio (16) .


Research Project as a fellow of CALAS:

Title: Fractured voices: testimonies of the violence in the northern triangle of Central America

Abstract: The images of the caravans of Central American migrants crossing the continent to reach the United States impacted the audiences of the media in the whole globe. The testimonies of the migrants stated that they were fleeing violence, lack of employment, government corruption, and a social crisis similar to a state of war.

The research aims to examine the testimonies of Central American violence as forms of awareness of that violence and the formation of subjectivities capable of projecting alternative ways of relating to communities. The evidence that the voices are fractured in the testimonies, that the discourse is broken by the pain and that it is fragmented in the different and diverse individuals who suffer from it; As well as the evidence about its deformations and transfigurations in its dissemination processes, it orients the research towards a critical reception that tries to recognize productive reference points in the emotional and figurative processes. If the testimony is a saying about a traumatic event, which at the same time is a show and a claim, what corresponds is attention, listening, and a policy that does justice to it, that encourages reparation and the reestablishment of the conditions that they make life possible.