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Celebración del 369 aniversario del nacimiento de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz con la ponencia plenaria "La alegre cuna y triste sepultura" por la Prof. Sara Poot-Herrera

  1. November 12, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

UCSB Spanish and Portuguese and alumnae are guest speakers in this seminar on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz organized by the University of Yucatan

  1. November 12, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Cumpleaños de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz en la Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana

  1. November 12, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
 
Eva Michelle Wheeler is a sociocultural linguist whose work frames language as a lens for interdisciplinary inquiry. Her research questions have explored the role of language in the construction of ideas about race, beauty, and meaning in Spanish-speaking settings in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Central Africa. 
 
In her most recent project, Professor Wheeler examines how racial language from African American film and literature is translated into languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Through her methodology-driven research, Professor Wheeler seeks to examine social phenomena in new ways and to give a voice in academic literature to underrepresented groups. 
 
To this end, she has presented her work at international conferences on linguistics, anthropology, and Latin American Studies and has published articles in journals such as Sociolinguistic Studies, The Black Scholar, and Caribe. Professor Wheeler received her Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara in 2015, and is currently an Associate Professor of Spanish at Oakwood University.
  1. November 10, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Announcements

In this groundbreaking study, Eloi Grasset analyzes at length and for the first time the influential participation of the renowned Catalan poet, editor, and translator Pere Gimferrer (b. 1945) in the reconfiguration of the cultural sphere in Spain and Catalonia after the Franco dictatorship (1939-1975).

Suzanne Jill Levine has had the vision and bravado to become a protagonist in the story of Latin American literature in English translation and to change it in the process, not only publishing biographies and translations, but also creating a mashup of autobiography and scholarship that’s totally original. Her versions of books by Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Severo Sarduy, and Manuel Puig are important to me because they enrich the resources of Anglophone literature with a reach extending beyond that of anything except the most critically acclaimed bestseller. When you read a Latin American novel in English, there’s a good chance you’re reading one of her translations. I think the work of Suzanne Jill Levine has an impact comparable to that of C. K. Scott Moncrieff’s Proust or Constance Garnett’s Dostoevsky—not only literary but cultural.

The Department  of Spanish and Portuguese enthusiastically congratulates Professor Sara Poot-Herrera on being awarded the prestigious Prize Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. 
The Presea Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz is the highest recognition bestowed by the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana (Mexico City) and honors personalities who have contributed to the promotion of Mexican literature and culture, both nationally and internationally.
 
Antonio Cortijo Ocaña (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA) and Vicent Martines (ISIC-IVITRA, University of Alicante, Spain)
Recent political developments in Spain regarding Catalonia have prompted scholars from several disciplines to research the singularity of this region and of the territories of the old Crown of Aragon. Against the backdrop of the pro-independence movement, those in favor and against have insisted on the particularity or commonality of Catalonia and the Països Catalans (Catalan-speaking areas) within the Spanish State. From the Catalan point of view, their singularity is not sufficiently recognized, and respect for their institutions and their autonomy is at stake to the point that many prefer to secede from Spain. Singularity or its absence play a relevant role in the construction of identity, which seems to be key in understanding many Catalans' attitudes towards the central government, a fluid concept that allows for a variety of interpretations.

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