“National Prototypes and Cultural Violence”
February 22-23, 2019
University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Keynote Information
"Eugenics, Politicide, and Genocide: From Ángel Pulido Fernández’s El cáncer comunista (1921) to Franco’s White Terror (1936-1945)”


Dr. Jennifer Smith received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University in 2005. Her main areas of research are late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Spanish literature and culture, with special focuses on the intersections of gender, race, and class, and the Spanish Civil War. Most recently she has begun examining literary and non-literary narratives of twentieth-century revolution and politicide in both Spain and Latin America. In addition to two co-edited volumes --Modern Spanish Women as Agents of Change (Bucknell UP, 2018) and Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Nation in Fin-de-Siècle Spanish Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2017) -- and a bilingual edition of Emilia Pardo Bazán's Insolación (Cervantes & Co., 2011), Professor Smith has published articles in journals such as Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, and Anales Galdosianos.  Dr. Smith teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Spanish and Latin American literature, film, and culture at Southern Illinois University.

Symposium Schedule

All events on Friday held in Hodges Library

Friday, February 22

1:30pm-4:30pm Registration, Mary Greer Room

2:00pm-3:20pm Hispanic Studies, Room 212
Moderator: Dr. Harrison Meadows, professor, University of Tennessee

“La misoginia de Juan Rana
Jonathan Unger, University of Tennessee

“Reconstructing Identity: The Case of the Dominican Republic”
Anastasia Allan, University of Tennessee

“La isla como imaginario femenino en Lazos de sangre de Rosario Ferré
Lizely López, University of Kentucky-Lexington

3:30pm-4:30pm German Studies, Room 212

Moderator: Dr. Maria Stehle, professor, University of Tennessee

“Going Nowhere,” Travel and Responsibility in Alexander Kluges:’ Abschied von Gestern
Andrew Graves, University of Tennessee

“An Opera Unheard: Der Kaiser von Atlantis in Theresienstadt”
Catherine Greer, University of Tennessee

5:00pm-6:30pm Vernacular Keynote
Lindsay Young Auditorium (Hodges)

"Eugenics, Politicide, and Genocide: From Ángel Pulido Fernández’s El cáncer comunista (1921) to Franco’s White Terror (1936-1945)”
Dr. Jennifer Smith, professor, Southern Illinois University

7:00pm-8:00pm Calhoun’s on the River,(400 Neyland Dr., Knoxville, TN 37902)
Appetizers and soft drinks provided to all presenters; additional beverages available for purchase

Saturday, February 23

Panels held in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building

8:30am Coffee and Pastries, HSS 51

9:00am-10:20am Perspectives on Jacques Roumain’s Gouverneurs de la rosée, HSS 51
Moderator: Dr. Rudyard Alcocer, professor, University of Tennessee
Faculty Advisor, Vernacular: Language, Literature, and Culture

"Why Manuel? Gender Role Reversal, Water Crisis and Religion in Jacques Roumain's Gouverneurs de la rosée
Tori Sanders, University of Tennessee

"Imaginaire féminin de la terre et masculinité hégémonique: La violence sociale et environnementale à travers les Gouverneurs de la rosée de Jacques Roumain”
Allison Becha, University of Tennessee

"Ethnolinguistic Repertoire and the Construction of Gender in Jacques Roumain's Gouverneurs de la rosée
Mallory Nischan, University of Tennessee

10:20am-10:30am Coffee Break

10:30am-12:00pm Twentieth-century Spanish Peninsular Literature, HSS 51
Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Smith, professor, Southern Illinois University

"Signos premonitorios en la narrativa de Sender: Réquiem por un campesino español
Sara Rico-Godoy, University of Tennessee

“Sexual Harassment and the Ramp to Prostitution in Carmen de Burgos’ La Rampa
Holly Villines, University of Tennessee

“Deporte y feminismo en la España de entreguerras”
Dr. Nuria Cruz Cámara, professor, University of Tennessee