The distinguished Puerto Rican novelist, essayist, and Caribbean Man of Letters Edgardo Rodríguez-Juliá will present the Schomburg-Moreno Lecture annually sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program at Mount Holyoke. He will deliver his address, "Novela, Crónica y Ciudad" (Novel, Chronicle, and the City), at 4 pm April 4 in the New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall. The event is free and open to the general public.
The author of more than six major novels, including The Renunciation, La noche oscura del Niño Avilés, El camino de Yyaloide, and Mujer con sombrero panamá, Rodríguez-Juliá is one of his island's and the Caribbean's most skillful practitioners of the critical essay-cum-chronicle. With more than seven books of such crónicas to his credit, of which San Juan: Memoir of a City is the most recent, his prolific and wide-ranging work also includes several collections of historical, literary, and cultural commentary. His most recent of these collections, Caribeños, equally reflects the broadly Caribbean and ecumenical scope of his interests and concerns. Rodríguez-Juliá is a creative writer and keen auditor of Puerto Rico's and the Caribbean's historic and contemporary dilemmas. His meditations on the contradictory vibrancy of popular culture, thought, feeling, and experience, in particular, have earned him both prestigious literary prizes and recognition as one of his generation's major voices and thinkers on the predicament and possibilities of Antillean life and society in an age of globalization, regular border crossings, and transnationalizations.
For further information, contact Roberto Marquez.