Lecture by Luis Castellvi on El rapto de San Ignacio- Jan 19th

“This paper will address the epic poem San Ignacio (Madrid, 1666) by the Jesuit Hernando Domínguez Camargo (Viceroyalty of Peru, 1606-1659), paying particular attention to the depiction of the saint’s rapture at Manresa (book II, canto V). This passage shows how the poetic description of an ecstatic vision is a subgenre of ekphrasis, based on the assumption that the imagination of the poet may go beyond the testimony of the mystic. The paper will look at how Camargo reads and responds to his two main models – religious epics (Belmonte Bermúdez, Escobar y Mendoza, Oña) and Góngora – blending them into something new. I will focus on ekphrasis in order to argue that we should complement this reading/re-writing process with seeing/looking at visual art portraying religious ecstasy. A final reflection will be devoted to how readers might respond to Camargo’s mixture of orthodox doctrinal content and an aestheticized sense of the world.”

Ana Laura Santamaría Lecture

"Transboundary Nature of Mexico's New Theatre"

In Mexico's contemporary theatre landscape, two independent companies stand out, for they base their creative processes on field research and documents of scathing themes that shape Mexico's reality. These companies explore performing art's boundaries with plastic arts, music and a multimedia experience. This lecture deals with the characteristics of both companies. While reflecting on the creation of a new theatre scene that reveints itself by questioning its traditional representational nature.


Karina Vazquez Lecture

Karina E. Vázquez has a BA in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), and a PhD in Latin American Literature from University of Florida (2008), and is currently an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Alabama. She specializes in 20/21st Centuries Latin American Literature, particularly Southern Cone (Argentina, Brazil, Chile). She published Fogwill: Realismo y mala conciencia (Buenos Aires, Circeto/Edhasa 2009), and Aprendices, fabriqueras y obreros. El trabajo industrial en la narrative argentina del siglo XX (1930-2007) (Buenos Aires, Editorial Biblos 2013), and has articles on Latin American poetry, narrative, film and theater in journals of Argentina, México, England, and United States (Luso Brazilian Review, Explicación de textos literarios, A Contracorriente, El Interpretador, Revista Iberoamericana, Signos Literarios, Chasqui).

October 2014 Lecture Series on Argentinean Literature and Culture

Daniel Link 10/08 - The Great Depression of the 21st Century: Towards a Vocabulary of the Crisis

Daniel Link is professor of 20th Century Literature at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and director of the Master’s Program in Latin American Literary Studies at the University 3 de Febrero in Buenos Aires. He has published successful novels (La ansiedad, Monserrat, La mafia rusa), literary criticism (Cómo se lee, Clases, Fantasmas), and weekly newspaper columns. Link has been a Visiting Professor at the Birkbeck College (London), Humboldt Universität (Berlin), NYU (USA), Penn (USA), Princeton (USA), Rosario, Tulane (USA), UFF (Brasil) and UFSC (Brasil). His work has been translated into Portuguese, English, German and Italian.