02. March 2018 - 14:00 till 16:00
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Lecture by JULIO RAMOS | Department of Spanish and Portuguese - University of Toronto | Friday, 02. March 2018

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, in collaboration with Latin American Studies, Caribbean Studies, Comparative Literature and the Northrop Frye Centre, presents a public lecture in Spanish by

JULIO RAMOS (University of California, Berkeley)

**GUILLÉN LANDRIÁN: CINE, POESÍA Y DELIRIO
EN 'COFFEA ARABIGA' Y 'TALLER DE LÍNEA Y 18'**

The experimental documentary films by Cuban Nicolás Guillén Landrián (1938-2003) deal with relatively unexplored aspects of the relationship between cinema and poetry. This allows for a consideration of current debates on the essay film and the limits of the documentary genre. Through the reading of two of Guillén Landrián's most radical films, *Coffea Arábiga* (1968) and *Taller de Línea y 18* (1971), the lecture will address questions of "productive work" and "representation" in these extraordinary montages that have been read as "evidence" of Guillén Landrián's madness.

A native of Puerto Rico, JULIO RAMOS is Professor Emeritus of Latin American Literature at the University of California-Berkeley. His scholarly expertise ranges from 19th and 20th century Latin American literature to cultural theory and Latin American film. His most influential works include the books *Desencuentros de la modernidad en América Latina: literatura y política en el S. XIX* (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1989), translated to English as *Divergent Modernities: Culture and Politics in Nineteenth Century Latin America* (Duke, 2001), *Paradojas de la letra* (eXcultura, 1996; Universidad de los Andes, 2006) and the documentary films *La promesa* (1995) and *Detroit's Rivera: The Labors of Public Art* (2017).

VC 102
Friday, March 2, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 pm
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO