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History and the Self

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Jepson Hall, 118
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The Department of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies welcomes Dr. Tania Perez Cano, Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

The significance of graphic narratives in shaping perceptions of migration, race, the environment, human rights and other complex social and political issues is receiving a growing attention from academia. We will analyze the testimonial and autobiographical perspectives of two graphic novels that deal with the memories and personal stories of two creators who lived in Cuba during the first years of the Revolution:  Cuba, my Revolution (2010), by Inverna Lockpez and Adiós mi Habana, by Anna Veltfort.

Besides the construction of history through a personal, intimate perspective, Cano will discuss the relations of both narratives with the experience of migration and the Cuban Revolution. In addition, she will explore how the concern for authenticity and their different status regarding the market and mainstream comic impact their testimonial and autobiographical dimension, as well as their aesthetics. In Cuba, my Revolution, the use of irregular panels, and limited palette of colors (black, white and red) not only contributes to the political and ideological meanings of the novel, but also to the emotional, subjective perspective of its protagonist, Sonya. In Adiós, mi Habana, Veltfort tells the story of her experience in Havana in the 1960s as a queer woman through a narrative that establishes a clear storyline and chronological progression. Both works of art show the subversive potential of the graphic form and the poignant, unique power of individual voices in shaping history.

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact: Michele Mauney