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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Lecture: "'Católico a mi manera:' Problematizing the Mulatto Slave Image in the Literature of Juan Francisco Manzano

Wed, April 23, 2014 • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM • BEN 2.104

Matthew Pettaway, Bates College, examines race, slavery, and Afro-Caribbean religiosity in black colonial literature with a particular emphasis on the poetry and prose of nineteenth century Cuban writers.  His articles on Manzano and José del Carmen Díaz have appeared in PALARA, Zora Neale Hurston Forum, and Del Caribe.  Dr. Pettway completed his doctorate in Hispanic Cultural Studies at Michigan State University in 2010.  He was awarded the Langston Hughes Visiting Professorship for Fall 2013 at the University of Kansas, where he taught a course on gender and race in post-Soviet Cuba and a graduate seminar on blacks in Cuban literature.  Presently at UT Austin on sabbatical research at the Benson Collection, Dr. Pettway is completing a single-authored book manuscript.   Tentatively entitled, “Afro-Cuban Literature in a Society of Dead Poets: Race, Religion and Ritual in Juan Francisco Manzano and Gabriel de la Concepción Valdés,” it investigates the representation of African-based religiosity, Catholicism, race and slavery in Afro-Cuban texts, analyzing the seditious nature of such writing as well as its redemptive power to project a renewed sense of black subjecthood.

For more information, contact the Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese at 512.471.4936.

Sponsored by: Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese; Program in Comparative Literature; Warfield Center for African & African American Studies


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