March 11 faculty lecture features Goytisolo

(02-26-2009)

Dr. Juan Gonzalez, associate professor of Spanish, will present the next faculty lecture "Author of Annihilation: Juan Goytisolo" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, on March 11, in Porter Hall (the science building) room 130.

Spain has been colonized not once but many times over the centuries, going back to the Roman conquest of the Iberian Peninsula. The various convergences of cultures inherent in these successive invasions gather as palimpsestic layers in the Spanish consciousness. Under Francisco Franco's dictatorship (1939-1975), intra-provincial privileging combined with exclusion and oppression to render deep scars on the national psyche.

Juan Goytisolo experienced supreme totalitarianism under Franco throughout his childhood and youth. His writings are a direct result of his observations and personal contact with dictatorial approaches to power. Goytisolo's so-called "Trilogy of Treason": "Marks of Identity", "Count Julian" and "Juan the Landless" represents a finely-delineated dissection of both his personal anguish and the Spanish national trauma under Franco. In the end, Goytisolo fails to find anything of value upon which to hinge a personal identity and, as a result, his writings attempt a deconstruction, demythification and annihilation of all things Spanish.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Robert Astalos, assistant professor of physics, at 719-587-7821, or by email: rjastalos@adams.edu

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