“Hispanic Reception of Achilles: An Infrapolitical Reading”

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 4-5 p.m.
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

yoandy-cabrera-pictureYoandy Cabrera Ortega
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Hispanic Studies, 2016-17 Glasscock Graduate Research Fellow, Texas A&M University

The Glasscock Center extends a warm invitation to faculty and students to join in a discussion of Yoandy Cabrera’s work-in-progress.

Yoandy Cabrera’s research explores the connections between myth, rhetoric and power in Hispanic culture. Among works dealing with mythological topics, he prioritizes those in which desire and rage constitute the main motivation to overturn the political order. To this purpose, his study begins by analyzing the principal Homeric characters Achilles and Odysseus, followed by an analysis of mythically influenced works by Luis de Góngora and Pedro Calderón de la Barca, both early modern Hispanic writers (16th-17th centuries). The technological revolution at the turn of the 20th century has been influenced by classical myths as well, and thus the third part of the study deals with some contemporary works by Magali Alabau, Sergio Blanco and others in which those myths are connected to expressions of power and modes of resistance.

The Graduate Colloquium offers graduate students an opportunity to discuss a work-in-progress with faculty and graduate students from different disciplines. By long-standing practice, colloquium presenters provide a draft of their current research, which is made available to members of the Glasscock Center listserv or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at glasscock@tamu.edu. Each colloquium begins with the presenter’s short (10-15 minute) exposition of the project, after which the floor is open for comments and queries. The format is by design informal, conversational, and interdisciplinary.

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