Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Literatura de la violencia en Colombia. Etica y Denuncia

Lecture by Maria Helena Rueda (Smith College)

Fri, March 23, 2012 | BEN 2.104

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at Smith College. She is the author of several articles on the cultural implications of violence and its representation in Latin America, particularly in Colombia. She is the co editor of Meanings of Violence in Contemporary Latin America (Palgrave 2011) and is the author of La violencia y sus huellas. Una Mirada desde la narrativa colombiana (Iberoamerican Veruet 2011).
Rueda will present part of her latest book in which she analyzes works of fiction and testimonies that deal with Colombian violence. Her argument is that given the Colombian situation, to write about violence necessarily is a way of raising ethical claims to the reader by eliciting emotions, reactions, and even answers that somehow have an effect in violence itself. Her insights are not only a reflection on the acts of violence that authors such as José Eustasio Rivera, Gabriel García Márquez and Laura Restrepo represent, but they also shed light over the way in which those works have been linked to the realities they describe. About this book Marie Louise Pratt commented: “Es un libro excelente, muy trabajado, con una arquitectura elegante, intelligible y sumamente inteligente.”

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