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Spanish American Fiction Colloquium at CSU Nov. 29

November 13, 2001

Latin American writers and literary scholars from throughout the Southeast will travel to Columbus for a Columbus State University colloquium titled 'Spanish American Fiction of the Past 20 Years,' Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center.

University of Virginia Professor of Spanish American Literature Donald Shaw will deliver the keynote address titled 'Boom, Post-Boom and Post-Modernism,' during a 12:45-2 p.m. luncheon on Friday, Nov. 30 in the Turner Center banquet room.

Presented by CSU's Department of Language and Literature, panel discussions throughout the colloquium will include Saturday sessions designed for Spanish language teachers in area high schools. For registration information, call 569-3062, or call 568-2054.

In conjunction with the colloquium, the following free events are happening:

Art Exhibition: 'Cities in the Invisible World' Works by a Cuernavaca, Mexico husband/wife team of Armando Santa Ana and Cristinia Martinez are on display in the Fine Arts Hall Gallery throughout the colloquium.

An evening of poetry recital and fiction readings, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 29 Prolific Latin American authors will make presentations from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center auditorium.
Admission is free and open to the public.


A complete program and description of the participating authors is listed below:


Colloquium: 'Spanish American Fiction of the Past 20 Years.'

Special Events
Thursday, November 29-Saturday December

* 'Cities in the Invisible World': An exhibition of artwork by Armando Santa Ana and Cristinia Martnez will be held in the Fine Arts Hall during the colloquium and until December 7.

Thursday, November 29

* Poetry Recital and Fiction Readings: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., auditorium, Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. The following writers will be featured: Jos Delgado, Mempo Giardinelli, Guillermo Martnez, Fernando Oper. Reception to follow.

Friday, November 30

* Conference Luncheon and Address: 12:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Banquet Hall, Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center.

* Keynote address by Donald Shaw, Brown Forman Professor of Spanish American Literature, University of Virginia: 'Boom, Post-Boom and Post-Modernism,' 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Banquet Hall, Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center.

* Conference Social Hour: 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., Columbus Hilton, bar. Join us for light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.


Shuttle Schedule Columbus Hilton-Turner Center
* Thurs., Nov 29-Sat., Dec. 1
Depart Hilton: Thurs.: 4:00, 5:00, 6:00; Fri.:8:15 am, 9:15, 10:15, 11:15, 12:15 pm, 1:45, 3:15 Sat. : 8:15 am, 9:15, 10:15, 11:15, 12:15 pm
Depart Turner Center: Thurs.: 4:30, 5:30, 9:15, 10:00,10:45; Fri.: 8:45 am, 9:45 ,10:45, 11:45, 2:15 pm, 5:15, 6:15; Sat. : 8:45 am, 9:45, 10:45, 11:45, 12:45 pm, 1:45


Schedule of Sessions

Friday Morning

Turner Center, Room 214 A

Organized by: Alyce Cook
Chaired by: Elizabeth Winkler

9:30-10:00 Readings and Comments Mempo Giardinelli

10:00-10:30 Mempo Giardinelli, Luis Seplveda and the Ecological Novel Gustavo Pelln, University of Virginia

10:30-11:00 Viaje por la cornisa: Mempo Giardinelli y el gnero negro Rhonda Buchanan, University of Louisville

Turner Center, Room 118

Organized by: Efran Garza
Chaired by: Noreen Lape

11:15-11:35 Un regreso a 'El Aleph' Guillermo Martnez, Elena Amos Scholar, Columbus State University, Doctor en Matemticas, Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires

11:35-11:55 De Cervantes a Ercilla, entre tradicin y rupturas Fernando Oper, University of Virginia

11:55-12:15 'L'ecriture feminine' and Queer Space in Reina Roff's El cielo dividido Troy J. Prinkey, University of Virginia

12:15-12:35 Fredi se pone pico a pico con ENTRE HOMBRES Jos Delgado, Ohio University

12:35-12:45 Discussion


Friday Afternoon

Turner Center, Room 118

Organized by: Efran Garza
Chaired by: Daniel Ross

2:15-2:35 Searching for Sor Juana Catherine Perricone, Layfayette College

2:35-2:55 Realidades del teatro cubano en el exilio Jos A. Escarpanter, Auburn University

2:55-3:15 An Overview of Hispanic Literature of the United States William Deaver, Armstrong Atlantic State University

3:35-3:45 La poesa femenina peruana contempornea Ana Torres, Armstrong Atlantic State University

Turner Center, Room 214 A

Organized by: Alyce Cook
Chaired by: Susan Carvalho

4:00-5:00 General Discussion, chaired by Susan Carvalho, University of Kentucky and to include all panelists


Saturday Morning

Turner Center, Room 214

Organized by: Jacqueline Konan
Chaired by: Jos Villavicencio

9:30-10:00 Passion at Work: A Lesson from Cuba Rhonda Buchanan, University of Louisville

10:00-10:30 Storytelling in the Foreign Language Classroom Fernando Oper, University of Virginia

10:30-11:00 Cultura y cultura en el saln de clase Jos Delgado, Ohio University

11:00-11:15 BREAK

11:15-11:45 Octavio Paz' Role in the Spanish Civil War Kathryn Bowers, Salem College

11:45-12:15 Borges and the Writer's Task Donald Shaw, University of Virginia


Turner Center, Room 118

Organized by: Stacey L. Powell
Chaired by: Jos A Escarpanter

9:30-10:00 `Cuba's Special Period: The Poet, the Revolution, and the International Market Jana F. Gutirrez, Auburn University

10:00-10:30 Dos mujeres pensantes en 'La secreta amistad de Juana y Doretea' Lourdes Betanzos, Auburn University

10:30-11:00 Re-examining Argentina's Teatro Abierto-20 Years Later Stacey L. Powell, Auburn University

Turner Center, Room 110

Organized by: Stacey L. Powell
Chaired by: Maggie Overbeay

11:15-11:45 La reciente historia argentina en dos filmes: 'No habr ms penas ni olvido,' y 'Historia oficial' Aurora Thorgerson, Auburn University

11:45-12:15 'Esa fuente de dolor' de Matas Montes Huidobro Carmen Garca Redondo, Auburn University

12:15-12:45 El poder, los roles sexuales, y las reyes religiosas en 'La Navaja de Olof' de Matas Montes Huidobro Amy Sentell, Auburn University


Visiting Writers

JOSE DELGADO Puerto Rican born Jos Delgado Costa is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Ohio University. His areas of interest are the Southern Cone and Puerto Rico. His doctorate is from the University of Virginia , and both his B.A. , and M.A. , are from Indiana University. His book of short stories, Of Lunacy, Family and Sex, was published in 1996, by Isla Negra Editores in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Forthcoming with the Edwin Mellen Press, he has written Binarracin y parodia en las tres primeras novelas de Osvaldo Soriano. Delgado has published articles in journals such as Revista Iberoamericana and Noticias. He has also participated in international conferences dealing with contemporary Argentinian, Puerto Rican and American literatures. In addition to directing the annual Coloquio primaveral, he founded and currently directs La Caterva, a university theater group currently in its eighth season.

MEMPO GIARDINELLI Argentine writer. . Mempo Giardinelli lived in exile in Mexico between 1976-1984. He founded and directed the journal Puro cuento . Giardinelli presently lives in the Chaco region of Argentina. His works have been translated into fifteen languages, and he has been awarded some of Latin America's most prestigious literary awards, among them the Premio Rmulo Gallegos, 1993. He is a frequent contributor to major Argentinian and Latin American newspapers, and has published articles, essays, and stories throughout the world. He is the author of the following novels: La revolucin en bicicleta, El cielo con las manos, Luna caliente, Qu solos se quedan los muertos, Santo Oficio de la Memoria , Imposible equilibrio, and El Dcimo Infierno. In 1999, his Cuentos Completos were published in Argentina. He has also written essays: 'El genero negro,' ' As se escribe un cuento,' and El Pas de las Maravillas, a book of essays. In September of 2000, he was awarded the Premio Grandes Viajeros, with his work Final de novela en Patagonia.

GUILLERMO MARTINEZ Guillermo Martnez lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He holds a doctorate in Mathematics from the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina and has completed postdoctoral studies in Logic and Mathematics at Oxford University, Oxford, England. His first collection of short stories, La jungla sin bestias, won the first National Short Story Award, and he received Argentina's National Foundation of the Arts Award for his second book of stories, Infierno grande. He is also the author of two novels, Acerca de Roderer and La mujer del maestro. He is regarded as one of the most interesting authors of the last generation in Argentina.

FERNANDO OPER Born in Madrid, Fernando Oper lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is a professor of Latin American literature at the University of Virginia. Oper's poetry has appeared in journals throughout Spain, Latin America, and Canada. He has published several books of poetry: Das de lluvia y otros soles, Despedidas, Quin eres tu Betty Blue?, Acrbata de ternuras, Amor a los cuerpos, and Salmos de la materia. Oper's primary research interest is 19th Century Latin America. He is the author of Cautivos and Historias de la frontera; el cautiverio en la Amrica Hispnica. He is the director of the Latin American Studies program at UVA, and has directed independent as well as university affiliated theater groups for more than thirty years.


DONALD SHAW, University of Virginia Donald Shaw is the Brown Forman Professor of Spanish American Literature at the University of Virginia. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Manchester, England and his Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He taught at Trinity College in Dublin, the University of Glasgow, and the University of Edinburgh . He was also a visiting professor at the University of Stirling in Scotland and Brown University. Dr. Shaw has published more than 40 contributions to books and over 130 articles to learned journals, and is currently or in the past served on the editorial boards of more than a dozen academic journals including The Hispanic Review, The Bulletin of Spanish Studies, and Studies in Twentieth Century Literature. He is the author of ten books including monographs on Borges, Carpentier and Skrmeta, Nueva narrativa hispanoamericana , The Post-Boom in Spanish American Fiction , and his A Companion to Spanish American Fiction is in press.


Kathryn Bowers, Salem College
Kathryn Bowers received her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Spanish from the University of Virginia. She is an Assistant Professor at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. Her current research interests regard the poetry of Octavio Paz.

Rhonda Buchanan, University of Louisville
Rhonda Buchanan is a Professor of Spanish at the University of Louisville, where she teaches language classes and courses on Spanish American literature. In 1989, she was the recipient of the University of Louisville's Young Investigator Award. She has published critical articles on contemporary Colombian, Mexican, and Argentine authors in journals and anthologies in the United States, Argentina, Mexico, Spain, and Cuba. She is the editor of a book of critical essays on the work of the Argentine author Ana Mara Shua, El ro de los sueos: Aproximaciones crticas a la obra de Ana Mara Shua. In addition, she has translated fiction and collaborated on the editorial board of several international journals. Susan Carvalho, University of Kentucky Susan Carvalho is an Associate Professor of Spanish American literature at the University of Kentucky. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Virginia in 1989, and has published articles on various topics in contemporary Spanish American prose, poetry, and theater. Her current research focuses on the role of journalism in the development of Garcia Mrquez' fiction. In addition to research and teaching, she is currently the Executive Director of the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference.

William Deaver, Armstrong Atlantic State University
Dr. Bill Deaver is Associate Professor of Spanish at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. He has published on the Spanish writers Po Baroja and Felipe Bentez Reyes, the Latin American writers Gabriel Garca Mrquez and Julio Garmendia, and various Cuban-american writers, most especially, Roberto Fernndez.

Jos A. Escarpanter, Professor Emeritus, Auburn University
Jos A. Escarpanter, Professor Emeritus from Auburn University, was born in Havana, Cuba. In Cuba, he taught at Drama School and the University of Havana. Later he was a lecturer in Spanish American literature in Karlova University in Prague and the University of Sophia, Bulgaria. For nine years he taught in the American Programs at the Complutense University in Madrid. In 1982, he came to work as professor of Spanish American theater at Auburn University. He has published books on Spanish grammar in Spain and editions regarding Cuban authors and articles on Hispanic drama in Cuba, Spain and the United States. Lately he has been dedicated to the study of Cuban Theater in Exile and is presently preparing a book on the subject.

Gustavo Pelln, Associate Professor, University of Virginia
Gustavo Pelln is Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature. He was born in Cuba and received his B.A. in History and Comparative Literature from Brown University and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton . Professor Pelln's major field of teaching and research is the contemporary novel in Latin America, and he is currently writing about new trends in the novel of the '80's and '90's and the relationship of art and mass media culture. He has published a book on the Cuban poet and novelist Lezama entitled: Jos Lezama Lima's Joyful Vision , and many articles on leading Latin American writers including Gabriel Garca Mrquez, Manuel Puig, Severo Sarduy, Jos Mart, and Julio Cortzar. Professor Pelln has contributed chapters to The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature , A History of Literature in the Caribbean , and to the Encyclopedia of Slavery . Most recently he published 'Gngora, Lorca, Lezama y la Imagen Potica,' . He has translated short stories by Horacio Quiroga, Juan Bosch, Augusto Roa Bastos, and Jos Alcntara Almnzar among others. He has also translated novels by the Argentine writer Mempo Giardinelli and the Chilean Luis Seplveda.

Catherine Perricone, Professor Emerita, Lafayette College
Catherine Perricone received her M.A. in Spanish at the University of Oklahoma in 1965 and her Ph.D. in Spanish at Tulane University in 1973. Her college and university teaching career included three years at the University of Dallas , sixteen years at Auburn University , and ten years at Lafayette College from which she holds the title of Professor Emerita of Foreign Languages and Literatures. During her long career, Professor Perricone presented numerous papers at literature conferences in this country, Canada, Spain, and Italy. Her publications have dealt with both pedagogical and literary interests, women authors: 'Laura Esquivel's LA LEY DEL AMOR: The Eclectic Novel ; 'Poniatowska, Ferr y Allende: Tres enfoques literarios sobre madres e hijas' ; 'Grim Reality in Luisa Valenzuela's SIMETRIAS ; and 'Genre and Metarealism in Allende's PAULA' .

Troy J. Prinkey, University of Virginia
Troy J. Prinkey is a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia. His dissertation, 'Five Strong Voices: New Trends in Contemporary Gay Mexican Fiction,' is expected to be completed by August 2002. The authors discussed in his dissertation are Jos Joaqun Blanco, Luis Zapata, Alfredo Espinosa, and Mario Bellatn. His research interests also include Manuel Puig, Manuel Mujica Lainez, David Viias, Nelson Marra and Galdos.

Ana Torres, Armstrong Atlantic State University
Ana Torres is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. Her research interests include Peruvian poetry and theater, most especially, women poets. She has interviewed five poets in Lima, Peru, and this work will be published in different journals within the United States.

Alyce Cook-Department of Language and Literature, PH: 706-568-2054/FAX: 706-568-2123 /, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907-5645
Wanda Campbell, Anita Dugat-Greene, Joseph Francavilla, Cathy Fussell, Efran Garza, Susan Georgecink, Barbara Hunt, Jacqueline Konan, Noreen Lape, Guillermo Martinez, Neal McCrillis, Patrick McHenry, Carlos Romero, Ann Rosenthal, Daniel Ross, Doug Tompson, Jos Villavicencio, Elizabeth Winkler, Cheryl Yatsko

This event is made possible through the gernerosity of Columbus State University and Mr. and Mrs. James F. Loudermilk.