Cuba after Castro

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall (map)

Join us for a wine and cheese reception followed by a discussion of Cuba after the communist revolution and the reign of Fidel Castro with Professor of Comparative Literature José Quiroga.

José Quiroga is Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portuguese at Emory University. After receiving his B.A. in English and Latin American Literature from Boston University and his Ph.D. in Spanish from Yale University, he taught at The George Washington University before joining Emory in 2002. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his areas of specialization include the Hispanic the Caribbean and Latin/o American Gender, Sexuality and Queer Studies; Modern Poetry and Poetics in the Americas, and Cultural Studies (Film, Music, Performance).Quiroga is the author of Cuban Palimpsests (2005), which “explores the sites, both physical and imaginative, where memory bears upon Cuba’s collective history. Other notable publications include Tropics of Desire: Interventions from Queer Latino America (NYU Press, 2000), Understanding Octavio Paz (1999), Sexualidades en disputa (with Daniel Balderston) (Buenos Aires, 2005), Law of Desire:  A Queer Film Classic (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009), and Mapa Callejero, Cronicas sobre lo gay desde América Latina (Buenos Aires, Eterna Cadencia, 2010).  His current book project, “The Book of Flight” investigates the political relationship between dissidence and escape in Cold War and Contemporary Latino America. He is completing a co-authored book with SMU Professor of Spanish Francisco Morán, The Havana Reader (Duke UP).

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

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In collaboration with Dedman College of Humanities and Science and the World Language Department