speak on Latin American literature
Jazz music mingled into Moudy Building South Monday evening
along with a large crowd of students and guests who came
to hear David Bedford, a professor of Spanish and Latin
American studies, discuss genres of Latin American literature.
Joseph Butler, associate dean of the school of fine arts,
introduced Bedford and the two respondents for the evening,
Neil Easterbrook, an English professor, and Bonnie Frederick,
who chairs the Spanish and Latin American studies department.
Bedford focused on the definitions and descriptions of
different categories of English and Argentinean literature,
including discussions of science fiction and magical realism.
He discussed some of the differences between each form,
pointing out elements embraced by both English and Latin
Frederick followed Bedfords lecture with a discussion
of the influence of Edgar Allen Poe on the Latin American
writers of the 19th century.
They were entranced by his use of words, the musicality
of his writing and they imitated that polished use of
words in their own writing, Frederick said.
Tessie Mosteiro, a guest who attended the lecture, said
she found the lecture very interesting.
Even though I had never really thought about it
before, being familiar with Poe and (Jorge Luis) Borges,
I could see the comparisons being drawn between the two,
Words in the fantastic genre of Latin American writing
begin to take on their own life and carry the reader from
the real to the unreal world, Frederick said.
Easterbrook addressed the basic notion of defining or
describing too specifically different categories of writing.
Genre terms are only ways of focusing our discussions
not facts, Easterbrook said. When we
think of them as facts we limit their development.
Ryan Miller, a freshman math major, said he had never
thought about breaking down the genre into different types
Bedford, professor of Spanish and Latin American
studies, signs a copy of his book The Labyrinth,
The Ring and The Spaceship after a lecture
on Argentinean literature Monday evening in Moudy