The Construction of a National Identity in Bolivian Literary Prose
As a part of Transformative Performances of National Identity: Bolivian Art and Cultural Expressions, this panel will present an overview of the most important Bolivian authors and poets from the turn of the century to modern and contemporary times, some of which are Alcides Arguedas, Augusto Céspedes, Ricardo Jaimes Freyre, Jaime Saenz, Pedro Shimose, Franz Tamayo and Adela Zamudio. These authors were fundamental in contributing to re-shape Bolivia’s national identity during the chaotic political movements, that were to mark the beginning stages of modernization and democratic stability. These authors were part of the larger Latin American and European intelligentsia; and, who published crucial literary productions that were instrumental in shaping Latin America’s literary discourse and Bolivian art historical discourse.
About the Speakers:
Eduardo Mitre, poet and Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages and Literatures, St. Johns’s University, New York City,
Mónica Velásquez Guzmán, poet, critic and Professor of Literature at the Universidad Católica Boliviana in La Paz, Bolivia,
Javier Sanjinés, Professor of Spanish, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan
Moderated by Carolina Scarborough, organizer, M.A. Latin American Specialist and B.A. in Comparative Literature.
About Transformative Performances of National Identity: Bolivian Art and Cultural Expressions:
This is a seven panel virtual series that will provide a historical overview of Bolivia’s artistic and cultural production. A group of Bolivian artists and intellectuals will trace the history and art of this South American country.
Transformative Representations of National Identity: Bolivian Art and Cultural Expressions is open and free to the public. Please click on this link to access registration for all panels https://www.eventbrite.com/o/carolina-scarborough-33772654223. At the conclusion of the series, the panels will also be available to the public on social media platforms.
The series of virtual panels, Transformative Performances of National Identity: Bolivian Art and Cultural Expressions, is made possible by generous funds from The Fundación Simón I. Patiño in Geneva, The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University, The Bolivian American Chamber of Commerce in New York, Roberta & Richard Huber, and two anonymous donors.
Special thanks to George Ruiz, Fréderic Debray, Ignacio Oficialdelgui, Jill Lane, Omar Dauhaujer, Iván Rebolledo, James Huber, María Eugenia de Asín, Rita del Solar, Ingvar Elleffsen, Elizabeth Elder, Alejandra Prado, Bryan Rosado, Sharon Schultz, and Edward J. Sullivan.