Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Picturing Indians: Pre-Photography, Post-Photography - Lecture

Thu, April 11, 2013 | BEN 2.104

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Picturing Indians: Pre-Photography, Post-Photography - Lecture

“Picturing Indians: Pre-Photography, Post-Photography,” a lecture by Gwen Kirkpatrick (Professor, Georgetown University)

Professor Gwen Kirkpatrick will present on photographic representations of “indigenous subjects” in nineteenth-century Latin America. The development of more mobile photographic methods coincides with (or perhaps promotes) increased scientific interest in racial difference, especially in areas such as criminology, medicine, public health, and anthropology. Earlier costumbrista or even romantic representations of “the Indian” had coexisted with imagistic documentation of 'degeneration' or 'decadence.'  Photography's impact changes the mixture of these opposing tracks, culminating in the often paradoxical nationalist and indigenist projects of the early twentieth century. 


Professor Gwen Kirkpatrick’s research focuses primarily on Latin American literature and culture, with special emphasis in poetry, gender studies, and visual culture. She is the author of The Dissonant Legacy of Modernism: Lugones, Herrera y Reissig and the Voices of Modern Latin American Poetry (University of California Press, 1989; in translation: Disonancias del modernismo, Buenos Aires: Ediciones Rojas, 2005). Professor Kirkpatrick has published a critical edition, with introduction and bibliography, of Ricardo Guiraldes’s Don Segundo Sombra (UNESCO/ Ediciones Archivos/ University of Pittsburgh  Press, 1995). She also is the co-author of Women, Culture and Politics in Latin America (University of California Press, 1990), in collaboration with US-Stanford Seminar on Feminism and Culture in Latin America; and she has co-edited Sarmiento: Author of a Nation (1994, University of California Press), with Tulio Halperin, Ivan Jaksic, and Francine Masiello. Professor Kirkpatrick has published articles in several collections of essays and in prestigious journals in the field, and she has played numerous leading roles in the profession.


She taught at UC Berkeley between 1982 and 2004, and is currently a Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University.


* This event is sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and also supported by Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), The Graduate School, Comparative Literature, and the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LILLAS) at UT Austin. Organized by Associate Professor Luis Cárcamo-Huechante (

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