Rebeca Hey-Colón '05 – Reading the Sea: A Caribbean ProposalRebeca Hey-Colón '05 – Reading the Sea: A Caribbean Proposalhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/242721Magill Philips Wing2013-09-26T16:30:002013-09-26T17:30:00
September 26,2013 4:30PM–5:30PM
Magill Philips Wing
A Young Academic Alumni Lecture Series event sponsored by the Spanish Department and the Libraries
The Philips Wing in Magill Library
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Tea at 4:15 p.m.
Talk at 4:30 p.m.
For those familiar with the Caribbean, the sea is one of the first images that come to mind. However, this space is more than just a picturesque metonymical representation of the region. Water is uniquely versatile, and as a literary trope its richness is unsurpassed. When this malleability is applied to a body of water as historically, socially, and culturally important as the sea is in the Caribbean, its ability to generate meaning becomes boundless. Through a discussion of texts authored by contemporary Cubans, Dominican-Americans, and Puerto Ricans, this talk aims to introduce the audience to the various ways a focus on water and the sea enriches and complicates our understanding of modern Caribbean and Latino literature. Ultimately, interpreting the role(s) of the sea in these works allows us to move past stagnant categories, creating new spaces where movement, fluidity, and transformation are the norm and not the exception.
Rebeca L. Hey-Colón is a Ph.D. candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, specializing in 20th and 21st century Caribbean and Latin American literature. She received her M.A. in Spanish in 2006 from Harvard University. Currently, Rebeca is completing her dissertation, provisionally titled "Sea-ing Words: An Exploration of the Maritime in Contemporary Caribbean and Latino/a Literature."
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