LLILAS Faculty Book Series: "Writing Secrecy in Caribbean Freemasonry"
Wed, November 13, 2013 • 12:00 PM • 2nd Floor Conference Room, Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1
"Writing Secrecy in Caribbean Free Masonry analyzes the Masonic, literary, and political writings of Andrés Cassard, Ramón E. Betances, José Martí, Arturo Schomburg, and Rafael Serra, Spanish Caribbean intellectuals who lived in the decades of anti-colonial struggle in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola (1860-1898). In the Caribbean, Masonic notions of liberal freedom coincided with the legacies of empire and colonial slavery, creating languages of secrecy, dissent, and radical affective politics that influenced radical Caribbean political cultures in the turn of the nineteenth century. By analyzing the lives, writings, and activism of these exiled Masonic intellectuals, this book provides insights into the Pan-Caribbean formations of nation and diaspora and sheds light on the role of print-culture, Masonic ritual and languages, racial ideologies, and community in the Caribbean and the United States." — Palgrave Macmillan
Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez is Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures in the Depts. of Spanish & Portuguese and African & African Diaspora Studies. She received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley (1998). She has received grants from the Ford Foundation, the University of Puerto Rico, and the Mellon Foundation. Her research interests focus on Latin American and Caribbean literatures and cultures, Luso-Brazilian literatures and cultures (1800s to present), the relationships between literature, ethnographic and sociological discourses in Latin America, Afro-Diasporic literatures and cultures, and critical discourses of race, gender and sexuality in colonial and postcolonial societies. Author of "Travestismos culturales: literatura y etnografia en Cuba y Brasil" (Pittsburg, Iberoamericana, 2003); She is developing a new research project on "virtual Caribbean bodies" which explores the relationship between racialized bodies, media technologies and globalization in contemporary Caribbean societies.
Discussants: Frank Guridy, Department of History; Cesar Salgado, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
For more information, contact Paloma Diaz.