ICS Lecture: Dr. Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, “With What Ass Does the Cockroach Sit?”

carmelitaAs part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 14 lecture series, the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “With What Ass Does the Cockroach Sit? / ¿Con qué culo se sienta la cucaracha? Carmelita Tropicana y Elián González” by Dr. Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes (Department of American Culture and Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan). Dr. Melanie Pérez Ortiz (Department of Hispanic Studies, UPR-RP) will comment the lecture.

This activity will take place on Thursday, February 6, from 1:00 to 3:30pm at the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre (CRA 108) of the Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: In her unipersonal bilingual performance With What Ass Does the Cockroach Sit?/¿Con qué culo se sienta la cucaracha? (2004), Cuban-American artist Alina Troyano (better-known as Carmelita Tropicana–shown above) reelaborates the children’s short story “La cucarachita Martina” in the context of Cuban exile, the Elián González international crisis of 1999-2000, and anti-immigrant discourse in the United States. In this study, Dr. Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes discusses how Troyano incorporates queer and feminist elements and dialogues with “rewriting” Puerto Rican authors such as Pura Belpré (Pérez and Martina, 1932) and Rosario Ferré and musicians like Manu Chao and Lila Downs, using humor as a strategy for political reconciliation.

[Also see previous post on the January 30 lecture by Dr. Peter Hulme: ICS Lecture: Dr. Peter Hulme’s “Tropical Town—Caribbean Writers in New York in the Early Twentieth Century”.]

This lecture will be broadcast LIVE online through the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be welcome at: iec@uprrp.edu

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

Also see the Institute of Caribbean Studies on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#%21/pages/Instituto-de-Estudios-del-Caribe-UPR/146169468754542?ref=sgm

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