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Scholar Patricia Ferrer-Medina to address representations of cannibalism in lecture, November 5, 2014

Scholar Patricia Ferrer-Medina will deliver a talk, “Caniba-Cariba: Cannibalism, Ecology and Gender Difference in Early Colonial Latin America,” will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 5:30 pm in Taylor Hall, room 203. This event is free and open to the public.

Though ample scholarly attention has focused on the representation of cannibalism in the colonial discourse of the sixteenth century in the extended Caribbean and the Atlantic world, few have discussed the role of gender difference within them. Ferrer-Medina’s presentation will break down the construction of gender, and gender as ecological difference, in representations of cannibalism within the context of the cultural difference between the early modern and the Amerindian subjects.

Ferrer-Medina is an assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at Marist College and specializes in early modern European and colonial Latin American literature and environmental criticism. Her research focuses on the construction of cultural difference in ecological terms in writings that record the first one hundred years of the encounter.  Currently she is translating and editing Gerónimo de Ypori’s account of Pedro de Ursúa’s exploration of the Amazon river.

This event is sponsored by the Hispanic Studies Department with co-sponsorship from the Latin American and Latino/a Studies and Women’s Studies Programs.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, October 10, 2014