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Reading Sites, Visiting Texts: Rudolfo Anaya’s relación of a Latino-Atlantic memorial

Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 7, 2019. 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Building 360, CCSRE Conference Room
Workshop: 
Concerning Violence: A Decolonial Collaborative Research Group 2018
Meeting Description: 

We invite faculty and graduate students to join Dr. Sarah Quesada, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, in a discussion of her paper which traces the Atlantic archival continuities of Rudolfo Anaya’s canonical novel Bless Me, Ultima. Taken from a chapter of her forthcoming book, Atlantic Subjects, she argues that against the backdrop of the U.S.’s early 20th century extraction of natural resources in the Congo prior to decolonization, these colonial and imperial Atlantic wounds emerge in the works of two prominent Chicano Quinto Sol Prize winners: Tomás Rivera and Rudolfo Anaya. This event will be an open discussion and Q&A with Dr. Quesada and workshop participants.

Dr. Sarah Quesada’s research and teaching interests include 20th and 21st century Latina/o, Chicana/o, and transnational literatures and spatial theory. Her main focus is on the constructions of race, ethnicity, migration, and spiritual formation of the Latino/a African Diaspora in literature and film, read through a decolonial lens. Her book project explores the uneven distribution of slave trade memory across the Atlantic by drawing comparisons between West African heritage sites and Latin American and Latina/o storytelling. Examining mostly contemporary representations of transatlantic memory, Dr. Quesada's study reassesses the ontological nature of the transCaribbean narrative, and conveys the many ways in which Atlantic history and cosmology are presented within the margins of texts and in the foundations of nation-building myths, but also at the intersection of conservation projects and fiction. Ultimately this project expands the limits of Latinidad into the Atlantic world through works by Rudolfo Anaya, Gabriel García Márquez, Alejo Carpentier, Achy Obejas, Junot Diaz, and Dahlma Llanos Figueroa.

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