114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Spanish and Portuguese (Peninsular) I

Session Chair: 
Nino Kebadze, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Sierra Madre


  1. Julia Farmer, University of West Georgia
    Transcripts of the suspected hermaphrodite Eleno/a Céspedes's trial and the text of Catalina de Erauso’s autobiography form the basis of this analysis,  which  explores the relationship between self-defense and self-definition in both texts' corporeal rhetoric. What emerges  is that in both texts, authorities allow surprisingly brief moments of overlap between self-defense and self-definition to come to dominate official discourse around the two cases. 
  2. Karliana Sakas, Oakland University
    Although the aristocratic women of the frame story in María de Zayas' novellas attribute bad behavior to lower-class women in general, and to servants in particular, the narrator Lisis acknowledges that the reality of the situation is that some aristocratic women are “ruines,” or brazenly shameless. Servants, as the agents of their mistresses' desires, are seen as powerful not just in a mimetic sense—because they had “real life” ability to shame their mistresses—but because they represent guilt itself.
  3. Doreen O'Connor-Gómez, Whittier College
    Whereas films from Spain from the 1990’s (Bwana, Taxi, and Saïd) tend to focus on immigration from the viewpoints of race, violence, xenophobia, and criminalization of the immigrant, Isabel Gardela’s 2000 Tomándote invites us to ponder the location uneasiness of the immigration phenomenon from a uniquely different perspective.  Through an exploration of women and modernity, Gardela introduces the viewer to a genderless perspective on the immigrant as “other.”
  4. Luis Villamia, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)
    This paper explores the diverse techniques employed by the screenwriter and the director of the adaptation TV series Crematorio to express in film language the complex narrative contents of the successful novel written by Rafael Chirbes.
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