ICS Lecture: Cuban Narrative after the ‘Special Period’

As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 6 lecture series, the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “La narrativa cubana despúes del ‘periodo especial’” [Cuban Narrative after the ‘Special Period’] by Dr. Esther Whitfield (Department of Comparative Literature, Brown University). Dr. Lidia Verson (School of General Studies, UPR-RCM) will serve as commentator. The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 15, 2010, 1:00pm – 3:00pm at Amphitheater CRA 108 (Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building), School of Social Sciences, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

This lecture will focus on Cuban literary production in light of two particular contexts—the ‘Special Period’ and the advent of the global culture of the Internet—discussing literature written in the 90s as well as more recent literary works to explore how these two moments have changed the artistic production and practices.

Dr. Esther Whitfield’s research focuses on Cuban culture of the post-Soviet period. She also writes on contemporary Latin American and Caribbean literature more broadly, and on Welsh writing in the Americas. Whitfield is the editor of a critical edition of Antonio José Ponte’s short stories, Un arte de hacer ruinas (2005) and author of Cuban Currency: The Dollar and ‘Special Period’ Fiction (2008).

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

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