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Films and Panel Discussion: Confluencias and The Trees Have a Mother

Americas Society

November 15, 2012


(Photo: John Mollivan)

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Symposium Eco-Literature in Latin America in Carnegie Hall’s “Voices From Latin America” Festival

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The second evening of the Eco-Literature in Latin America symposium will open with two films, the lyrical Confluencias (2009) by Chilean photographer Mariana Matthews, inspired by Pablo Neruda’s Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair; and The Trees Have a Mother (2007), by Colombian poet Juan Carlos Galeano, a documentary set in the Peruvian Amazon that explores beliefs and myths in relation to the natural world (with subtitles in English). The evening will continue with a panel on eco-literature among indigenous and other communities and locations in Amazonia as well as its representation in specific literary works by writers including Homero Aridjis and Ana Cristina Rossi, as well as scholars Laura Barbas Rhoden, Sofia Kearns, Jeremy Larochelle, and Christopher M. Travis, all of whose articles appear in Review 85 (Eco-Literature and Arts). Panel in English.

The symposium will open on Wednesday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. with a keynote lecture by Mexican writer Homero Aridjis and concludes on Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. with a launch of Review 85 (Fall 2012), featuring guest editor Steven F. White and contributing writers Homero Aridjis, Astrid Cabral, Esthela Calderón, Juan Carlos Galeano, and Leonel Lienlaf.

The Department of Literature is proud to participate in PAMAR's 7th Annual Latin American Cultural Week in NYC.

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Laura Barbas Rhoden is associate professor of foreign languages & coordinator of the Spanish program at Wofford College. She is the author of Women in Central American Literature (2003), Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction (2011), and numerous articles on contemporary Latin American literature.

Sofía Kearns is professor of Spanish at Furman University. She has published articles on contemporary Latin American women’s literature. Her several publications on the prose of Anacristina Rossi examine the intersection of gender, sexuality, race, and nation.

Christopher M. Travis is associate professor of Spanish and chair of the department of world languages, literatures and cultures at Elmhurst College. Recent work includes Resisting Alienation: The Literary Work of Enrique Lihn (2007), “Huidobro’s Rose: The Environmental Dialectics of Creacionismo” (in Huidobro’s Futurity:  Twenty-First Century Approaches, 2010).

Jeremy Larochelle is associate professor of Spanish at the University of Mary Washington. His essay “Trends and Themes in Recent Poetry from the Amazon: From Abundant Rain to Dying Lakes” was published, along with translations of poetry, in The Dirty Goat 25. His article “A City On the Brink of Apocalypse:  Urban Ecology in Works by Homero Aridjis and Vicente Leñero” is forthcoming in Hispania.

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