LACUSL Speaker Series: “Madness as a Space of Ontological Resistance in Latinx Women’s Writing”

The 2020-2021 LACUSL SpeakerSeries Presents:

Madness as a Space of Ontological Resistance in Latinx Women’s Writing

Dr. Pilar Melero, Professor, Languages and Literatures, Race and Ethnic Studies, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Monday, February 15, 2021 @ 3:30pm CST

via Zoom, please register in advance through Zoom

Literary critics, anthropologists and others have identified madness as a space of resistance in women’s writing (The Mad Woman in the Attic, Los cautiverios de las mujeres: madresposas, monjas, presas, putas y locas.) Proposing madness as a space of fluidity (Elizabeth Grosz) and as an interstitial space a lo Homi K. Bhabha, I examine la locura as an ontological space of resistance in the work of three Latinx writers: Estela Portillo Trambley, Judith Ortiz Coffer, and Ana Castillo.

Sponsored by the Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latinx Studies Major

About our Speaker Series
The LACUSL Speaker Series brings together scholars, professionals, and students working in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies to discuss research, teaching, culture, current events, and other topics of interest to students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Speaker Series is interdisciplinary, and draws on the expertise of faculty and graduate students in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the professional schools. All events are free and open to the public.