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Art and Culture

Nicolás Guillén Landrián y el derrumbe de las grandes narrativas en el documental cubano contemporáneo

November 16, 2016

Desde la Primera Muestra de Jóvenes Realizadores, celebrada en La Habana en el año 2000, se ha venido produciendo un boom de cine documental realizado al margen de las instituciones culturales del Estado.

Pitt Hosts International Symposium on Andean Writer Gamaliel Churata

November 17, 2016

Last week I had the exciting opportunity to sit in on portions of an international symposium hosted by the University of Pittsburgh on Peruvian author Gamaliel Churata. The two-day long event titled Gamaliel Churata: Envisioning the Circulation of Andean Epistemologies in the Age of Globalization brought together writers and scholars from all over the world. Among them were the university’s own Ariel C. Armony, Senior Director of International Programs and Director of the University Center for International Studies; Scott J.

La Santa Muerte: Inmates’ New Friend

September 14, 2016

Over the last 15 years, the cult of La Santa Muerte (St. Death) has attracted a remarkable number of followers in Mexico and the USA. Considered a sacred female personification of death by her devotees, she has been the object of global curiosity since it first became public in 2001 in Mexico City. Mexican and international journalists, novelists, and scholars have since then been fascinated by the photogenic Santa Muerte, with the tangible result that most major broadcasters have shown scenes of devotees praying, deeply moved, in front of a skeleton figurine in Baroque dress.

La locura, el espacio familiar y el efecto siniestro: pensar la literatura desde el psicoanálisis

October 17, 2016

Desde sus inicios, el psicoanálisis se ha relacionado con la literatura. El hecho de que Sigmund Freud, a la hora de formular su regla fundamental, se inspirara en los consejos de un escritor austríaco es el primer ejemplo de una larga serie que vincula las dos disciplinas. Varios son los autores analizados por Freud a lo largo de su obra: desde Dostoievski a Ibsen, pasando por Shakespeare y la admiración por Cervantes –admiración que lo lleva, incluso, al aprendizaje de la lengua española.

Pelo Malo: A Look into the Complexities of Identity in Latin America

September 2, 2016

Pelo Malo is a poignant coming-of-age story which chronicles the journey of Junior, a young boy growing up in Caracas, Venezuela. The film, written and directed by Mariana Rondón, has garnered much critical acclaim since its release in 2013. In the 2013 Festival of San Sebastián, Pelo Maloreceived the top honor of the “Concha de Oro,” which is awarded for the best film.1

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