Raúl Coronado: How to Write a History of Latinx Desire
Where: Kaplan Hall 193
How can we track the emergence of the literary in the archive of nineteenth-century US Latinx writing? In this talk, Raúl Coronado will argue that aesthetic forms try to capture an energetic quality of life that he’d like to call presence. Rethinking desire as the desire for presence allows us to unravel more carefully not just the emergence of the literary but also the history of presence.
A light lunch will be provided. An RSVP is required to attend.
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Raúl Coronado is an intellectual and literary historian and associate professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. His first book, A World Not to Come: A History of Writing and Print Culture (Harvard), received seven prizes including the American Studies Association’s John Hope Franklin Prize for Best Book in American Studies and the Modern Language Association’s Best First Book Prize. The inaugural president of the Latina/o Studies Association and inaugural executive committee member of the MLA’s Latina and Latino Literature Forum, Coronado has received international and national funding support, including most recently as a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow and as the Robert C. Ritchie Distinguished Fellow in Early American History at the Huntington Library. His current project is on the history of the Latinx self from the 1780s to the 1880s.
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