Helene Carol Weldt-Basson is currently a Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature. She is the author of Subversive Silences: Nonverbal Expression and Implicit Narrative Strategies in the Works of Latin American Women Writers and Augusto Roa Bastos's I The Supreme : A Dialogic Perspective. She received an honorary doctorate for her work on Paraguay from the Universidad del Norte in 2012 and is the editor of two collections published by Palgrave/Macmillan: Postmodernism's Role in Latin American Literature: The Life and Work of Augusto Roa Bastos (2010) and Redefining Latin American Historical Fiction: The Impact of Feminism and Postcolonialism (2013).
Contemporary Latin American fiction establishes a unique connection between masquerade, frequently motivated by stigma or trauma, and social justice. Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines philosophy, history, psychology, literature, and social justice theory, this study delineates the synergistic connection between these two themes. In this work, Weldt-Basson examines fourteen novels by twelve different Latin American authors. She elucidates the varieties of social justice operating in the plots of contemporary Latin American novels: distributive, postmodern/feminist, postcolonial, transitional, and historical justices. The author further examines how masquerade and disguise aid in articulating the theme of social justice, why this is important, and how it relates to Latin American history and the historical novel.