Texts in Crisis: Esmeralda Santiago, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and the Case for Rereading Identity

When:
May 24, 2017 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
2017-05-24T14:30:00-04:00
2017-05-24T16:00:00-04:00
Where:
519 Kaneff Tower, York University
4700 Keele St
Toronto, ON M3J 1P0
Canada
Cost:
Free

The Centre for Feminist Research and CERLAC present:

Fulbright Specialist Lecture

Ricia Anne Chansky, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Texts in Crisis: Esmeralda Santiago, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and the Case for Rereading Identity

Wednesday, May 24
519 Kaneff Tower, York University
2.30-4pm

The ongoing fiscal and humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico has made me rethink my obligations as a reader of auto/biographical narratives. While it is an established tenet in auto/biography studies that the self in the narrative is not and cannot be a unified, singular self, much less work in this field attends to readers of narrated lives as mutable participants in life stories. This presentation examines the diasporic memoirs of Esmeralda Santiago and Judith Ortiz Cofer as a means of building the case for rereading identity as analytical practice. This case for rereading as practice considers the diasporic subject found in (and across) serialized autobiographies; the fluid reader as witness; the gendered self existing between texts, nations, and identities; and, rereading in/as pedagogy.

Ricia Anne Chansky is Associate Professor of literature at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. She is coeditor of the journal a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and of The Routledge Auto/Biography Studies Reader; and editor of Auto/Biography Across the Americas: Transnational Themes in Life Writing and Auto/Biography in the Americas: Relational Lives.

Free event - no RSVP necessary.

Co-sponsored by CERLAC.

Light refreshments provided.

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