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Portraiture and Power: Women, Nature, and the Erotic

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 5:30pm Sheldon Museum of Art

Joy Castro, Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska, and Rhi Johnson, a visiting scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss what we—in today’s age of relentless image making and self-portraiture—can learn about the representation of femininity from late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century Spanish and Hispanophone artists and writers.

No neat line divides visual art from literature: artists often paint stories, and authors frequently use visual motifs to imbue their texts with a culture’s expectations—or to dispute those expectations. In so doing, both kinds of makers record and rewrite the world.

Johnson is a specialist in the modern Hispanophone transatlantic who uses image-in-text and new materialisms to explore the construction of gender and sexuality.

Castro is the award-winning author of the memoir The Truth Book, two literary thrillers set in post-Katrina New Orleans: Hell or High Water and Nearer Home, the essay collection Island of Bones, and the short fiction collection How Winter Began.

Admission is free.