Department of English

"The Mendelian Aesthetics of Gloria Anzaldúa"

Fri, February 1, 2013 | PAR 201

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Free and open to the public.  A talk by Keving Birmingham, "The Mendelian Aesthetics of Gloria Anzaldúa" Friday, February 1, 2013 from 4:30-6 pm in PAR 201.

About "The Mendelian Aesthetics of Gloria Anzaldúa"

For over twenty-five years, Gloria Anzaldúa has been hailed as a transformative writer, poet and activist giving voice to borderland Chicanas with her landmark theories of critical and spiritual mestizaje. Yet at the core of Anzaldúa’s New Mestiza lies a biological theory that is indispensable to our full understanding of Borderlands/La Frontera. This talk will explore two of Anzaldúa’s under-examined forebears: the Mexican philosopher José Vasconcelos and the Austrian biologist Gregor Mendel. Anzaldúa’s biological underpinningsreveal what makes her work not just politically revolutionary but aesthetically revolutionary.

About Kevin Birmingham

Kevin Birmingham graduated from Yale and received his Ph.D. in English from Harvard. His research interests include 20th century fiction and cultural history, avant-gardism, the history of obscenity, race and aesthetics, critical theory, film and graffiti.

From Harvard College Writing Program.

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