ICS Lecture: “Mapping 21st Century Caribbean Literary Transgressions”


As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 15, 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 “Mapping 21st Century Caribbean Literary Transgressions: Cuban Blogging and Trinidad & Tobago Spoken Word” by Katherine Miranda [English Department, UPR-RP]. Dr. Maritza Stanchich [English Department, UPR-RP] will comment the lecture.  

The activity will be held on Thursday, October 2, 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: Cutting across the linguistic boundaries of Anglophone and Hispanic traditions and the national borders of Trinidad and Tobago (TT) and Cuba, this presentation explores the vibrant contemporary movements of TT spoken word and Cuban blogging. Comparative perspective of these emergent Caribbean literary forms highlights the ways both draw on the historical, aesthetic and philosophical traditions of their respective national contexts and twenty-first century technological innovation. Departing from the spoken word videos of various TT artistes and a range of Cuban blogs, this reading maps the ways these alternative expressions contest institutional, mainstream and commercial forces in both form and content in unexpectedly similar ways. Comparative consideration of these literary transgressions thus offers an invigorating possibility to reconfigure the ways literature, popular protest and artistic expression may be “read” across the region.

[Painting above by Ali Spagnola; see Ali’s Spagnola’s Free paintings (interesting project!) at http://www.alispagnola.com/Free/ ]

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

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