18okt15:0016:00“[A] border that exists beyond maps”15:00 - 16:00 Veröld – hús Vigdísar, stofa 107 Skipuleggjandi: Vigdísarstofnun Event Type :Event

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Jenna Grace Sciuto

“[A] border that exists beyond maps”: Contextualizing State-Sponsored Violence in Contemporary Haitian American and Dominican American Literatures

Dominican American authors Julia Alvarez, Junot Díaz, and Nelly Rosario—as well as Haitian American writer Edwidge Danticat—all wrote historically-grounded works of fiction predominately in English in the 1990s and 2000s, engaging with the legacy of Dominican dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina, who was in power from 1930 to 1961. In this lecture, Dr. Sciuto will use representations of the Haitian Massacre of 1937 as a test case essential for distinguishing the approaches and positionings of each novelist, in addition to exploring the relationship between these Caribbean diasporic novels, national belonging, and the tension between History with a capital h (or official written accounts of the past) vs. personal individualized histories.

Jenna Grace Sciuto is Associate Professor of English at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the United States of America. Her first book, Policing Intimacy: Law, Sexuality, and the Color Line in Twentieth-Century Hemispheric American Literature, was published by the University Press of Mississippi in 2021.

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(Mánudagur) 15:00 - 16:00

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Veröld – hús Vigdísar, stofa 107

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Vigdísarstofnun

27okt14:0018:00Culture of the North: Russia, Faroe Islands, Iceland: Geography, History, Literature, Culture14:00 - 18:00 Veröld – hús Vigdísar, 2. hæðEvent Type :Event

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Culture of the North: Russia, Faroe Islands, Iceland: Geography, History, Literature, Culture.

Seminar and film screening in Veröld – House of Vigdís, 2nd floor, 27 October  at 2-6 pm.

Program:

Talks will be given on Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nordic culture and Russian, Icelandic and Faroese translations.

Two documentaries will be screened:
Dostoevsky: The Siberian Diary, 2006 (26 min.)
The Boys of Tikhaya, 2015. (39 min).

Note: Talks will be in Russian and Icelandic and interpreted to Icelandic and Russian. The documentaries have English subtitles.

The Program is part of Russian Days in Iceland 25-30 October and held through the collaboration of Vigdís Centre, ODRI – Friendship Society of Russia and Iceland, The Embassy of Russia in Iceland and The Embassy of Iceland in Russia.

Free admission and all are welcome.

 

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(Miðvikudagur) 14:00 - 18:00

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Veröld – hús Vigdísar, 2. hæð

29okt12:0013:00Live Oak, with Moss: Walt Whitman's Secret Same-Sex Love Poems12:00 - 13:00 Auðarsalur (VHV 023) Skipuleggjandi: Vigdísarstofnun Event Type :Event

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Karen Karbiener (New York University)
Live Oak, with Moss: Walt Whitman’s Secret Same-Sex Love Poems

Auditorium, Veröld – House of Vigdís, 29 October at 12-13pm
The lecture is free and open to all.

As he was turning 40, the American poet Walt Whitman wrote twelve poems in a small handmade book he entitled Live Oak, with Moss. The poems were intensely private reflections on his attraction and affection for other men– Whitman’s most adventurous explorations of the theme of same-sex love, composed decades before the word “homosexual” came into use. This revolutionary, extraordinarily beautiful and passionate cluster of poems was never published by Whitman and has remained unknown to the general public until the publication of Live Oak, with Moss (Abrams, 2019; paperback 2021), an experimental new edition of the poems by Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener and New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Brian Selznick.  In this presentation, Dr. Karbiener will reconstruct the story of the poetic cluster’s creation and destruction and introduce Selznick’s provocative visual narrative.

Bio: Karen Karbiener is an internationally recognized Whitman scholar and teaches at New York University. Winner of the Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress and a Fulbright recipient, she has published widely on Whitman, including an edition of Leaves of Grass, two audiobooks on Whitman’s life and influence, a book introducing Whitman’s poetry to children, and a collaboration with illustrator Brian Selznick on a new edition of Whitman’s “Live Oak, with Moss” poems. Dr. Karbiener is the president and founding member of the Walt Whitman Initiative, a 501c3 nonprofit organization serving as an organizing center for cultural activism and poetry-related events.

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(Föstudagur) 12:00 - 13:00

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Auðarsalur (VHV 023)

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