Lecture on Colonial Latin American Literature

When Nov 13, 2012
from 07:00 PM to 08:15 PM
Where 202 Humanities
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Contact Phone 502-852-0501
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"'Adonde fabricamos la villa Ysabela': The City of Christopher Columbus as Cultural Production."


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ABSTRACT: In 1493, Columbus appeared again off the coast of the island that a year earlier he had christened Hispaniola. The Admiral selected a site and began building La Isabela, a city for which he had high hopes. Despite some successes, the site never prospered, was abandoned, and quickly became associated with failure. Indeed, historical and artistic representations of the Admiral's presence in the New World have tended to take one of two primary approaches to this settlement meant to honor a queen: erasure or vilification. In his presentation, Prof. Weatherford will explore this tendency in history, literature, and film to either ignore or to demonize the city of Christopher Columbus.
For more information, please contact Dr. Manuel F. Medina, manuel.medina@louisville.edu



Douglas J. Weatherford, Associate Professor of Spanish, earned his PhD from the Pennsylvania State University in 1997 and joined the faculty of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Brigham Young University. Having recently completed a seven-year term as Graduate Coordinator, Weatherford currently serves as Head of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Cultures Section. Weatherford has developed teaching and research interests in contemporary Spanish American narrative and film, Colonial literature, and the historical novel. His publications include research on Rosario Castellanos, Mario Vargas Llosa, Ignacio Solares, Gabriel Figueroa, Emilio Fernández, Augusto Roa Bastos, and Christopher Columbus among others. Much of Weatherford’s recent scholarship has been dedicated to an examination of Juan Rulfo’s connection to the visual image in film and photography. His interest in historical and artistic representations of the Discovery and Conquest is long-standing and will result in the publication of a book-length investigation into the importance of the founding of cities in Latin American historical and literary writings.