The XX Colloquium on Mexican Literature, Canon Perdido

The XX Colloquium on Mexican Literature, Canon Perdido

Thursday, November 10, 2016 / 4:30 PM
Graduate Student Lounge, Multi Cultural Center, UCSB
Friday, November 11, 2016 / 9:00 AM
Centennial House, UCSB
Saturday, November 12, 2016 / 9:00 AM
Casa De La Guerra, Santa Barbara

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCSB and the members of UC Mexicanistas annually take on themes related to literature, culture, history, and language. This year the theme of reunion serves as a lens to examine an episode of Santa Barbara history known as Canon Perdido. The loss of the Spanish letter ‘ñ’ creates a different meaning from cañón to canon. Together with the adjective “perdido” (lost), the expression produces a play on words with the literary canon alongside its historical and linguistic alteration. This year we feel the need to take a step back and talk about cañón and canon, looking carefully at the canon itself, while also examining losses that are involved with such changes to language and culture over time.

How can one break, change, renovate, ignore, improve, and alter the Mexican literary canon, and are there writers who have already done or are currently in the process of doing so?

To celebrate the twentieth year of the Colloquium on Mexican Literature, acclaimed Mexican author and journalist Juan Villoro (el premio Execelncia José Emilio Pacheco 2016, The Herralde Prize 2014, Xavier Villaurrutia Award 1999) will present “Actualidad del pasado, novedad del futuro. El periodismo cultural de José Emilio Pacheco.”

Sponsored by the Chicana and Chicano Studies Institute, the Dept. of Film and Media Studies, the Dept. of Comparative Literature, the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, the Graduate Division, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Dept. of Latin American and Iberian Studies, the Luis Leal Endowed Chair, the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, the Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment, Equity and Academic Policy, the Secretaría de la Cultura y las Artes (SEDECULTA),the Interpreting Office of Marissa del Río, Henry T. Yang, Chancellor of UCSB, and the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, UC-Mexicanistas (Intercampus Research  Program).

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