Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Reencuentro con Enrique Fierro

Una conversación con Lily Litvak, Guillermo Sheridan y Eduardo Espina

Fri, September 23, 2016 | Benedict Hall (BEN) 2.104

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Enrique Fierro
Enrique Fierro

Lily Litvak is a literary scholar, mentor, visual arts curator and critic, and professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin.  A 1982 Guggenheim Fellow and a current Member of the Cordoba Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Noble Sciences, she is the author of hundreds of articles, reviews, and books.  A specialist in fin de siècle cultures throughout the Ibero-American world, Litvak has explored the intersections between the poetics of modernismo, the intellectual legacies of the Generación del '98, the artistic manifestations of the Spanish anarchist movement, and the impact of new technologies, landscapes, and cityscapes on visual and literary expression in Spain and the Americas from the 1800s onwards.  Among her many book, collections, and anthologies are:  A Dream of Arcadia:  Anti-industrialism in Spanish Literature, 1895-1905 (1975); El modernismo (1975); Erotismo/Fin de siglo (1979); Musa libertaria:  arte, literatura y vida cultural del anarquismo español (1981); El cuento anarquista (1982);  El jardín de Aláh:  temas del exotismo musulmán en España (1985); Viaje al interior de Persia : el itinerario de Rivadeneyra, 1874-75 (1987); La mirada roja : estética y arte del anarquismo español (1988); España 1900:  modernismo, anarquismo y fin de siglo (1990); El tiempo de los trenes:  el paisaje español en el arte y la literatura del realismo (1991); Imágenes y textos : estudios sobre literatura y pintura 1849-1936(1998); La voz del mar (2000); Geografías mágicas:  viajeros españoles del siglo XIX por países exóticos (2013); andMetropolis. Espacio Urbano. Modernidad y conflicto en la literature de España y Latinoamerica (co-edited with Médar Serrata, 2015). She has curated several exhibitions of Spanish painting: Jardines de España (Madrid 1999), ¡A la playa!  (Madrid 2001), Julio Romero de Torres (Bilbao 2002), and Luz de gas: la noche y sus fantasmas en la pintura española(Madrid 2005). Two articles based on her latest research on Moorish architecture in the United States are due to appear in Alhambras americanas (Granada) and Revista Arte y Ciudad  (Madrid).

 

Guillermo Sheridan, the winner of the Xavier Villaurrutia Award (1989), the Fernando Benítez Award (2010), and the Ramón Lopez Velarde Prize (2014), has written extensively about Mexican politics, education, and everyday life inReforma, La Jornadaand other national newspapers. Once a monthly collaborator to Octavio Paz’s review Vuelta, he now writes monthly for Letras Libres and weekly for El Universal.  Over the years he has collected his crónicas in volumes such as Frontera norte (1988), Cartas de Copilco y otras postales (1993), Lugar a dudas (1999), Allá en el campus grande (2001), El encarguito (2007), and Viaje al centro de mi tierra (2011). He keeps a blog, "El Minutario," hosted byLetras Libres. As a scholar, he has covered the history of Mexican modern poetry in books like Los Contemporáneos ayer (1985), Un corazón adicto (1990, a biography of Ramón López Velarde), México en 1932 (1999), Poeta con paisaje (2004), Tres ensayos sobre Gilberto Owen (2008), Paralelos y meridianos (2010), Señales debidas (2011) and Malas palabras. Jorge Cuesta y la revista Examen (2011). His latest book, Habitación con retratos (2015), is the second volume of a trilogy about Mexican Nobel laureate Octavio Paz's life and work.

 

Eduardo Espina is the winner of a Guggenheim Poetry Fellowship (2010), the Latino Literary Award (2007), Uruguay's National Essay Award (1996 and 2000), and the Montevideo Poetry Award (1998).  His poems have been translated into English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Albanian, German, and Croatian, and included in more than thirty anthologies of Latin American poetry. Among his poetry titles are Valores Personales (1982), La caza nupcial (1993; 1997), El oro y la liviandad del brillo (1994), Coto de casa (1995), Lee un poco más despacio (1999), Mínimo de mundo visible (2003),  El cutis patrio (2006; 2009); and Quiero escribir pero me sale Espina (Cuarto Propio, 2014).  He is also the author of the following books of essays El disfraz de la modernidad (1992), Las ruinas de lo imaginario (1996), La condición Milli Vanilli. Ensayos de dos siglos (2003), Historia universal del Uruguay (2008), Julio Herrera y Reissig.  Prohibida la entrada a los uruguayos (2010) and Las ideas hasta el día de hoy (2013). He teaches at Texas A&M University and was awarded the A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007.

 

Enrique Fierro, beloved poet, emeritus UT professor, and mentor, was born in Montevideo in 1941. There he studied literature, taught literary theory, and published several collections of poems, translations, and books of literary criticism before leaving due to political circumstances. Between 1974 and 1984 Fierro lived in exile in Mexico City with his wife, Ida Vitale, and worked as professor at Mexico's Universidad Autónoma (UNAM).  During these years he became an active participant in the country's literary life by way of his close relationship to 1990 Nobel laureate Octavio Paz andVuelta, the influential literary journal that Paz founded and directed from 1976 to 1998. In 1985 he returned to Uruguay as Director of the National Library. In 1989, he moved to the United States to work as professor of Latin American poetry at the University of Texas at Austin. Among his poetry titles, De la invención (1964), Entonces jueves (1972), Mutaciones 1 (1972), Impedimenta (1973), Quiero ver una vaca (1989), Homenajes (1991), Travestía (1992), Marcas y señales (1996), La savia duda (1996), Cuerpo extraño (1997), Hechos, deshechos (1997), Contra la distancia (1997) andSelección natural (1999) were published in Montevideo. Breve suma (1976), Textos/pretextos (1978), Las oscuras versiones(1980), Contrahierba (1982), Fuera de lugar (1982), Ristra (1984), Paz por dos (1994), Margen (1997), Escrito en México(1999), Resta (2010) and Fraude (2012) were published in Mexico.  He was a member of the editorial board of Maldoror and Poética in Uruguay, VueltaParéntesis, and Cuadernos Americanos in Mexico, El pez y la serpiente in Nicaragua, and Río de la Plata in France. The recipient of Uruguay's National Poetry Prize (1997), the Montevideo Poetry Prize (1974), and the Theatre Critics Circle Translation Prize (1968), Enrique Fierro passed away on a Saturday in Austin, May 21, 2016 at 10:40 PM.

 

For further questions contact event organizers Sean Manning  (sean.o.manning@gmail.com) or César A. Salgado (cslgd@austin.utexas.edu).  This event will be held in Spanish.  There will be a reception following the event.

For planning purposes, please let us know if you are attending through the FB event: page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1625012774462945/

The event will be preceded by a projection of a short video celebrating Enrique Fierro's poetry produced by Sean Manning (UT S&P lecturer) and Joel Maysonet (Director/Editor/Mograph Designer at La Brega).  

You can watch the video here: https://vimeo.com/184206401

Poster design by Nai Obeid (www.dotthai.com).

 

 

Sponsored by: The Department of Spanish and Portuguese

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