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"Herois" (2010), by Pau Freixas. Tuesday 03/04 at 6:30pm in Herter 301

"Herois" (2010), by Pau Freixas. Tuesday 03/04 at 6:30pm in Herter 301 | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

6th Catalan Film Festival -Second movie:

 "Herois" (2010), by Pau Freixas. Tuesday 03/04 at 6:30pm in Herter 301


"Herois" (‘Heroes’, 2010). A young publicist with a successful career but empty personal life, finds himself in a race against time trying to get to an important business meeting. Along the way, he meets a girl, and although they are opposites with very different lifestyles, they click when recalling their mythical and emotional childhood memory: the last summer with their gang. A two-time award winner at the Malaga Festival, Pau Freixas makes the most of nostalgia for a bygone era and composes an exercise in adoration of the eighties, achieving the closest thing to the Catalan version of "Stand by Me", with touches from the magic of "The Goonies" and references to popular series like "Verano Azul". Albert Espinosa's screenplay perfectly measure out humor, adventure and excitement, complemented by excellent directing from Freixas who masterfully conducts a group of actors into a state of grace. "Herois" is meant to pay homage to thirty-somethings with an enormously moving and deeply sincere journey to the past.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVmIu6rz54o

 

In Catalan with English subtitles and presented by graduate students Aida Roldan and Santiago Vidales. Pizza and sodas will be served.

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THE SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE PROGRAM IN THE DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES

THE SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE PROGRAM IN THE DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Check our webpage: http://www.umass.edu/spanport/

Questions? Email:
-Barbara Zecchi, Program Director bzecchi@spanport.umass.edu
-Luiz Amaral, Graduate Program Director, amaral@spanport.umass.edu
-Carole Cloutier, Lang. Program Director, cloutier@spanport.umass.edu
-Luis Marentes, Undgrd. Program Dir., marentes@spanport.umass.edu
-Frank Fagundes, Honors Program Director, fagundes@spanport.umass.edu
-Leah Dodson, Office Manager, ldodson@spanport.umass.edu
We are located in 416 Herter Hall, 161 Presidents Drive,
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003.
Phone: (413) 545-2887, Fax: (413) 545-3178

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUPPORT US?  It's easy!

Just click on this link below to make your tax-deductible donation:

http://www.umass.edu/spanport/donate/index.html

Any amount will have an impact on the future of our program!! Whatever you can afford, we greatly appreciate your generosity!

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Catalan Courses this Spring

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Claudia Marcela Páez, Santiago Vidales, Susana Antunes, and Odalis Patricia Hidalgo at NECLAS

Claudia Marcela Páez, Santiago Vidales, Susana Antunes, and Odalis Patricia Hidalgo at NECLAS | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Neclas 2014 Annual Meeting

Claudia Marcela Páez, and Santiago Vidales,  organized and chaired the panel “Vigencias y diversidad en el cuento latinoamericano” at NECLAS (New England Council of Latin American Studies).

The four talks focused on the currency and diversity of the Latin-American short story and centered on the works of Silvina Ocampo, Anabelle Aguilar Breadley, Ana María Shua and Julio Ramón Ribeyro: 


--Susana Antunes (UMass Amherst): Erotismo y fantasía en ‘La sueñera’ de Ana María Shua

--Odalis Patricia Hidalgo (UMass Amherst): Evolución y construcción del imaginario en los cuentos de Julio Ramón Ribeyro

--Claudia Marcela Páez Lotero (UMass Amherst): ¿Qué hay detrás de la felicidad?: Entre la violencia y la agresividad, la justicia y la venganza
en ‘Las fotografías’ y ‘El árbol grabado’ de Silvina Ocampo
--Santiago Vidales (UMass Amherst): Intersecciones erráticas: interseccionalidad y performatividad en los cuentos de Anabelle
Aguilar Brealey

 

In the photo, from left to right: Odalis Hidalgo, Santiago Vidales, Claudia Páez Lotero and Susana Antunes.

URL: http://www.neclas.org/

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Surprise: Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return On Investment

Surprise: Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return On Investment | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
The conventional wisdom is that humanities majors are wasting all that tuition money and dooming themselves to lives of underemployment. The conventional wisdom is wrong. Humanities degrees are actually worth well more than the cost of college.
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Café Lusófono, Friday Nov. 21, 4th floor lounge in Herter

Café Lusófono, Friday Nov. 21, 4th floor lounge in Herter | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
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SpanPort at the 1st Annual UMass Cognitive Science Workshop

SpanPort at the 1st Annual UMass Cognitive Science Workshop | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

PhD Candidate Andie Faber and Prof. Meghan Armstrong presented their work at the 1st Annual UMass Cognitive Science Workshop on Thursday, Nov 13th. Students and faculty from various departments across UMass Amherst came together to learn about and contribute to the Cognitive Science efforts on campus. Andie Faber presented her work on mass agreement patterns in Asturian and Spanish, and Prof. Armstrong presented her work on child comprehension of disbelief through audio and visual modalities. For more information on the Cognitive Science Initiative at UMass, please visit: http://blogs.umass.edu/cogsci/

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SPANISH & PORTUGUESE OPEN HOUSE AND STUDY ABROAD MINI FAIR on Nov. 6

SPANISH & PORTUGUESE      OPEN HOUSE AND STUDY ABROAD MINI FAIR on Nov. 6 | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 4:00 in Herter 301 for our Open House and Study Abroad Mini-Fair.

 

Come and learn about our

-Spanish Major 

-Study abroad programs in Salamanca, Oviedo, Granada and Buenos Aires

-Undergraduate Research Program

-Integrative Experience

-Thatcher House

-Honors Program

and much more!!!

 

Pizza will be served!!

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Luis Marentes at the 5th Conference on Immigration to the US South

Luis Marentes at the  5th Conference on Immigration to the US South | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Prof. Luis Marentes presented the paper “The Place of Social Media in the Current Immigration Debate” at The 5th Conference on Immigration to the US South: Immigration Reform and Beyond? at the University of Florida. http://www.latam.ufl.edu/2014-immigration-conference

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Susana Antunes in Albuquerque

Susana Antunes in Albuquerque | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

29 Oct 2014 -- Susana Antunes gave a talk at the  American Portuguese Studies Association - APSA - 9th International Conference at New Mexico, Albuquerque (24-26 October).
Her paper, entitled "Corsino Fortes and Pedro da Silveira: The World United by Islands", analyzed the books _Pão & Fonema_ (1973), by the cap Verdean poet Corsino Fortes and _A Ilha e o Mundo_ (1952), by the Azorean poet Pedro da Silveira.
 

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Prof. Luiz Amaral at the University of Toronto

Prof. Luiz Amaral at the University of Toronto | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Prof. Luiz Amaral was a guest speaker at the University of Toronto on October 10. He gave a talk in Linguistics about his recent research on the acquisition of recursion in native Brazilian languages, with a specific focus on multiple embedded relative clauses and genitive constructions in Wapichana (an Arawak language spoken in Brazil and Guyana). In a second talk to professors in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, he presented some ideas and suggestions on how to revitalize Portuguese programs in North America. He talked about different aspects of language programs in the US and Canada, and the 2007 MLA recommendations for language departments. He also presented a list of suggestions for future actions that included individualized and online language learning, community outreach initiatives, the redesigning majors and minors to better serve students interested in social and behavior sciences, among other topics. 

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UMass Hispanic Linguistics hosts the 1st Symposium on Intonation and Tone in the Spanish-speaking World (InToSpan)

UMass Hispanic Linguistics hosts the 1st Symposium on Intonation and Tone in the Spanish-speaking World (InToSpan) | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

UMass Hispanic Linguistics hosted the 1st Symposium on Intonation and Tone in the Spanish-speaking World on October 10 and 11. Plenaries were given by José Ignacio Hualde and John Kingston. Covadonga Sánchez presented her work on intonation and focus in Asturian Spanish, and Alba Arias presented her work on prenuclear H+L* in Bogotá Spanish. 

 

Congratulations to Cova and Alba for their excellent presentations!

 

From left to right: Prof. Meghan Armstrong (organizer), Alba Arias (presenter), Fiona Dixon (conference support team), Covadonga Sánchez (presenter)

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Spring 2015: Catalan 321

Spring 2015: Catalan 321 | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Catalan 321 - Catalan Culture
Guillem Molla
This course is an overview of Catalan Culture with a a focus on six central aspects: literature, cinema, art, music, gastronomy and traditions. Through this course you will be able to discover a rich, unique and very interesting culture that includes important characters such as: Mercè Rodoreda, Quim Monzó, Salvador Dalí, Picasso, Isabel Coixet, Cesc Gay... This course will be a good chance not only to enjoy some excellent novels, films and other works, but also to widen our perception and knowledge on Spanish cultures.


Via Modern Europe
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Irene Melé-Ballesteros es Editora Invitada de AMBITOS FEMINISTAS

Irene Melé-Ballesteros es Editora Invitada de ÁMBITOS FEMINISTAS, para el Volumen Monográfico (V) FALL 2015: FEMINISMO Y GYNOCINE

 

La editora y el comité editorial invitado de Ámbitos Feministas abre la convocatoria para la preselección de artículos publicables en el volumen 5 Monográfico del otoño 2015.

El tema elegido para el mismo es la producción cinematográfica hispánica de las Américas y del ámbito ibérico de autoría femenina y el rol que sus respectivas directoras, productoras y

guionistas juegan en cuestiones que repercuten sobre la imagen y la representación cultural de las mujeres a nivel político y

simbólico.

Por ello, se hace una llamada a estudios críticos que además de analizar las obras en sí mismas, reflexionen también acerca de las actitudes que sus autoras toman frente al feminismo como posición política. Y se invita a que aborden, cada uno de forma específica, una amplia variedad de temas dentro del abanico de realidades que las distintas generaciones han venido retratando. La discriminación de género o por orientación sexual de las mujeres, la violencia machista, la paridad en la

maternidad o la inmigración son algunos ejemplos de los que, sin caer en crítica intencionalista, consideramos relevante observar el contraste entre el análisis de su obra y la postura de la(s) autora(s) en cuestión.

Se anticipa que el monográfico ofrezca una panorámica de conjunto que contribuya a situar y discutir tanto obras canónicas como contemporáneas dentro del espectro de la teoría fílmica feminista, la teoría de género y el feminismo como posición política en todas sus facetas.

Editora invitada del número monográfico: Irene Melé Ballesteros, University of Massachusetts Amherst

COMITÉ EDITORIAL INVITADO

• Barbara Zecchi, University of Massachusetts Amherst

• Raquel Medina, Aston University, UK

• Elisabet Pallas, University of Massachusetts Amherst

• Eva París Huesca, Ohio Wesleyan University

• Katarzyna Paszkiewicz, Universitat de Barcelona

• Maribel Rams Albuisech, University of Massachusetts Amherst

• Cynthia Tompkins, Arizona State University

 

Para las NORMAS DE ENVÍO DE ENSAYOS hacer click aquí:

www.ambitosfeministas.feministas-unidas.org

• La fecha límite para la recepción de originales es el 31 de enero de 2015.

 

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8 Reasons Why Spanish ISN'T A Foreign Language

8 Reasons Why Spanish ISN'T A Foreign Language | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Anyone who’s ever enrolled in a Spanish class knows that schools generally refer to it as a “foreign language.” Most of us repeat the phrase uncritically, as if it were actually true.

But is it?

Take a look around. Spanish isn’t “foreign” to the United States at all. The names of many of our states and cities are Spanish -- a testament to the fact that Spanish-peakers colonized many areas that later became part of the United States before English-speakers. Many of us use Spanish words when speaking English, often without being aware of what we’re doing. Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the country and many people, both immigrant and native-born, are raised speaking it.

The growing presence of Spanish in the United States makes a lot of people uncomfortable. Groups like ProEnglish and politicians like U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) want to make English the official language of the United States.

Whether or not you agree that’s the right solution to navigate the country’s linguistic diversity, one thing is certain -- Spanish is no more “foreign” to the United States than English.

Check out 8 reasons why Spanish isn’t a foreign language in the slideshow here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/12/spanish-foreign-language_n_3430860.html

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Luis Marentes participa en un encuentro internacional sobre el buen vivir/sumak kawsay en Otavalo, Ecuador

Luis Marentes participa en un encuentro internacional sobre el buen vivir/sumak kawsay en Otavalo, Ecuador | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Con una ponencia llamada “¿Basketball oaxaqueño o pelota mixteca en Oaxacalifornia? Deporte, migración e identidad transnacional”, el profesor Luis Marentes participó en el Encuentro Internacional sobre Buen Vivir, Estado Plurinacional e Interculturalidad Latinoamericana en Otavalo, Ecuador.

 

Con el lema “la democracia se construye participando” la mañana de este jueves se dio inicio al encuentro internacional sobre “buen vivir". Para ver el video pulsar en el enalce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDXPHUVdcQo&feature=youtu.be

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IV Seminari Internacional LITERATURA I PECAT

IV Seminari Internacional LITERATURA I PECAT | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

For the 3rd time, SpanPort is one of the co-sponsors of the Conference Literature and SIn in Palma de Mallorca (January12-15 2015), coorganized by Dolores Juan Moreno. This edition's sin is WRATH

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Prof. Francisco Fagundes presents a paper at the Université Sorbonne 3

Prof. Francisco Fagundes presents a paper  at the Université Sorbonne 3 | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Francisco Fagundes presented a paper entitled “A Patografia Um Homem Sorri à Morte – com Meia Cara e a Medicina Narrativa” at Décalages Vie et oeuvre de José Rodrigues Miguéis/Incoincidências Vida e Obra de José Rodrigues Miguéis at the Université Sorbonne 3, on 13 November 2014.

URL: http://incoincidencias.wordpress.com/

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LA EMIGRACIÓN: ENTREVISTA A MARIBEL RAMS

LA EMIGRACIÓN: ENTREVISTA A MARIBEL RAMS | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

“Mas con todo yo quiero, y es ansia de todos mis días, el llegar a mi casa y gozar de la luz del regreso. Si algún dios me acosare de nuevo en las olas vinosas, lo sabré soportar;  sufridora es el alma que llevo en mi entraña; mil penas y esfuerzos dejé ya arrostrados en la guerra y el mar…”La Odisea, Canto V, v. 219-223


En este año 2014, la directora Iciar Bollaín ha estrenado con escaso eco el documentalEn tierra extraña que recoge los testimonios de un conjunto de emigrados y emigradas españolas en Edimburgo. Con un compromiso firme con la realidad, en especial con los más desfavorecidos, nos muestra el desarraigo, la esperanza, la indignación de personas forzadas a buscar una oportunidad, lejos de un país paralizado e incapaz de ofrecer a licenciados, ingenieros, trabajadores en conjunto otra salida mejor que una maleta.

 

Con un compromiso firme con la realidad, en especial con los más desfavorecidos, nos muestra el desarraigo, la esperanza, la indignación de personas forzadas a buscar una oportunidad, lejos de un país paralizado e incapaz de ofrecer a licenciados, ingenieros, trabajadores en conjunto otra salida mejor que una maleta.

 

Bollaín ha demostrado una visión del cine como instrumento no sólo narrativo, sino pedagógico,  responsable que sirva para denunciar y visibilizar a través del arte los conflictos laborales y familiares de la mujer (Mataharis), la violencia de género (Te doy mis ojos), la destrucción de los indígenas (También la lluvia),… En la línea de Ken Loach, Iciar Bollaín se vincula a un reducido grupo de cineastas comprometidos, siempre en lucha con las distribuidoras, que tendrían a Javier Bardem y Berlanga como principales referentes. En esta ocasión, Bollaín abandona la ficción para colocar una cámara y registrar las impresiones, muchas veces dolorosas, de estos emigrantes que se unieron bajo el proyecto “Ni callados ni perdidos”.

 

Click here to read more: http://debuenaletra.com/2014/11/17/la-emigracion-entrevista-a-maribel-rams/

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Prof. Francisco Fagundes launches a new book and is interviewed interviewed in the television program Atlântida, RTP Açores.

Prof. Francisco Fagundes launches a new book and is interviewed interviewed in the television program Atlântida, RTP Açores. | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Professor Francisco Fagundes launched his new book in the cultural festival Outono Vivo 2014 in his native city of Praia da Vitória, Açores on November 1, 2014. The book, Mau Tempo no Canal de Vitorino Nemésio: Tradução, Simbolismo, Escrita, Oralidade, Diáspora (Ponta Delgada: Ver Açor, 2014) was presented by Álvaro Laborinho Lúcio, former Ministro de Portugal and author. Prof. Fagundes was interviewed in the television program Atlântida, RTPAçores.

 

To watch Prof. Fagundes's interview, click here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s33OTHQcjg

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The 1st edition of the Latin American Film Festival concluded yesterday

The 1st edition of the Latin American Film Festival concluded yesterday | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Many thanks to: Odalis Hidalgo y Claudia Paez-Lopez for this initiative, Prof. Ornelas for his support and to all the graduate and undergraduate students for their collaboration and participation! 

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Altar del Día de los Muertos

Altar del Día de los Muertos | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Nov. 1 2014-- Thanks to the initiative of Pilar Osorio, Ana Alonso , Odalis Hidalgo and Aida Roldan, several graduate students made a Mexican Dead Altar in Herter 4th Floor

 

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition in which family and friends pray and remember their loved ones who have died. The tradition and activity consist of building altars with ofrendas with dishes, drinks, fruits or candies that they enjoyed when alive.

 

 Please come and visit it!!

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To Save the Humanities, Change the Narrative

To Save the Humanities, Change the Narrative | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
Whether there’s actually a crisis is debatable. Let’s say there’s not, and work together to prove it.
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Manuel Frau, editor of El Sol Latino visits Prof. Armstrong's Spanish in the U.S. class

Manuel Frau, editor of El Sol Latino visits Prof. Armstrong's Spanish in the U.S. class | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Manuel Frau, UMass alum and editor of El Sol Latino made an exciting visit to Professor Armstrong's Spanish in the U.S. Service Learning class. He talked about many interesting issues such as the need for a bilingual newspaper and the importance of Spanglish and Caribbean varieties of Spanish in Holyoke and Springfield. Manuel also brought up interesting cases of dialect contact - such as the contact between Domincians and Puerto Ricans in Lawrence, as well as the contact between rural and urban varieties of Puerto Rican Spanish in Holyoke. Lots of linguistic work to be done on Spanish in Massachusetts!

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New Class: Contemporary history of Spain through its music

New Class:  Contemporary history of Spain through its music | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Listening to the Spanish Past: Contemporary history of Spain through its music (SPAN 497MUS). Instructor: Diogenes Costa Curras


This course examines the interrelation between music, culture, and society from the early 20th century until the present in Spain. Music will be studied in relation to constructions and representations of gender, ethnicity, and the nation within Spain. We will listen to and discuss musical pieces from diverse genres such as zarzuela, copla, rock, rap, punk, and pop. In addition to the music itself, course materials will include films, documentaries, and theoretical texts on the cultural study of music. Taught in Spanish.

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Pau Cañigueral translates Oscar Wilde

Pau Cañigueral translates Oscar Wilde | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Next October 29th, _Quaderns Crema_ will publish Pau Cañigueral's translation into Catalan of 'The Decay of Lying', one of the most theoretical essays by Oscar Wilde. It can be considered Wilde's antinaturalist manifest, and, even today, it is a remarkable as well as controversial contribution to the debate about the value of art. According to Wilde, when Art renounces to beauty —the highest human aspiration— to achieve truth, it is being sacrificed one of the most extraordinary capacities of human being: the capacity to transform reality.  To create is to invent wonderful lies to transform the world into a place worthy of our amazement. For when Art gets rid of the shackles of realism, it stops imitating Nature, and Life becomes its model.

 

'La decadència de la mentida' (1898) no és només un dels diàlegs de més abast teòric d’Oscar Wilde, sinó que representa el seu manifest antinaturalista i una contribució tan notable com polèmica, fins i tot avui dia, al debat sobre el valor de l’art. Per Wilde, quan s’exigeix a l’art que renunciï a la bellesa—l’aspiració humana més elevada—per assolir la veritat, se sacrifica una de les capacitats més extraordinàries de l’ésser humà: la de transformar la realitat. Crear significa ordir mentides meravelloses per convertir el món en un lloc digne del nostre esbalaïment. I quan l’Art aconsegueix alliberar-se de les cadenes del realisme, deixa d’imitar la Natura i la Vida i n’esdevé el model.

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Barbara Zecchi: La pantalla sexuada, Cátedra, Madrid 2014

Barbara Zecchi: La pantalla sexuada, Cátedra, Madrid 2014 | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

"La pantalla sexuada" se ocupa de cinco temas centrales de la teoría fílmica feminista (espacio, autoría, placer, cuerpo y violencia) con la intención de revelar cuáles son las dinámicas utilizadas en el cine para desapropiar lo femenino. El título de este volumen hace referencia a dicha desapropiación, a una trasnominación producto de varias prácticas (epistemologías, discursos institucionalizados y tecnologías de género) que obstruyen lo femenino desplazándolo a lo masculino, o que, dicho en otras palabras, universalizan lo masculino. Propósito de este libro es denunciar este fenómeno que ha invisibilizado y sigue invisibilizando la presencia femenina en el séptimo arte e historizar el cine desde un enfoque de género, "sexuándolo".

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