October 2012 Archives

A talk, in Spanish, by Javier Pérez Andújar, Spanish author and critic
COME LEARN ABOUT SPANISH PULP FICTION!

Thursday, October 25, 2012
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
116 Folwell Hall

Thumbnail image for perez_andujar_descubre_la_internacional_de_los_bloques_en_su_nueva_novela_3942eef2d6da2be592e10d4fa_s.jpegIn this talk, Javier Pérez Andújar will explain the history and development of one of the main literary expressions of mass culture in contemporary Spain: the "novela de quiosco" (similar to so-called "pulp fiction" in English).

Pérez Andújar will trace the relations of this kind of literature to broader cultural and social trends, highlighting the differences among its many sub-genres (such as westerns, war tales, science fiction, thrillers, and sentimental fiction), and their different ways of engaging with changing socio-historical realities over time.

Javier Pérez Andújar (Sant Adrià de Besòs, 1965) is the author of the novels Los principes valientes (2007), Todo lo que se llevó el diablo (2010) and Paseos con mi madre (2011). He has also written the non-fiction works Catalanes todos; las 15 visitas de Franco a Cataluña (2002) and Salvador Dalí: A la conquista de lo irracional (2003) and edited the anthologies of fantastic short stories Vosotros los que leéis aún estáis entre los vivos (2005) and La vida no vale nada (2008). He currently writes literary articles and short stories for the Catalan edition of El País and contributes toL'hora del lector, a Catalan television literary program.

Free and open to the public -- Light refreshments served

Sponsored by: Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, and European Studies Consortium.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
12:00 p.m.
1210 Heller Hall

Thumbnail image for dlai_KlvanaTomas.jpgTwenty-two years ago Czechoslovakia launched itself on a journey towards a free and democratic society. Under the motto Back to Europe, people expressed their desire to recapture the interrupted tradition of excellence, openness and toleration that characterized the first Czechoslovak Republic of 1918-1938.

Led by the visionary President, Václav Havel, the Czech Republic has reached important milestones, joining NATO and the EU. The largely successful transformation can be used as a model for the closed societies such as Cuba and Iran, or the ones in early transition, such as the Arabic countries in the aftermath of the Arab revolutions. In general, the experience of Central Europe, with its successes and failures, is a useful, albeit limited tool in all attempts to calibrate transition from a close to an open society.

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