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"The Atlantis Effect: Queer Aquatic Invocations and the (Re)Claiming of Women’s Space through the Works and Archives of Lydia Cabrera, Gloria Anzaldúa, and tatiana de la tierra"
Wednesday, April 11, 20183:20 pm - 4:30 pm
LACUSL Speaker Series: Dr. Sarah Piña, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

"The Atlantis Effect: Queer Aquatic Invocations and the (Re)Claiming of Women’s Space through the Works and Archives of Lydia Cabrera, Gloria Anzaldúa, and tatiana de la tierra"

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, 3:20 p.m.
AGSL, Golda Meir Library (3rd floor), UW-Milwaukee

Though writing and living within different times and places, Cuban ethnographer Lydia Cabrera (1901-1991), Chicana scholar and writer Gloria E. Anzaldúa (1942-2004), and Colombian writer tatiana de la tierra (1966-2012) all three US Latinx or Chicanx lesbian writers, consistently invoked water, water imagery, deities or goddesses associated with water, as well as many creatures of bodies of water in their writings, and in their respective archives. In this talk, Piña will examine how the generally queer nature of the waters, and more specifically the ever-present queer, and many times androgynous, superhuman, and mythological beings present in the works and archives of Anzaldúa, Cabrera, and de la tierra ultimately form part of a larger theoretical lens she has termed “The Atlantis Effect.” Drawing upon Afro-Cuban folklore and religious traditions as well as Chicana indigenous spirituality, she will furthermore explore how water dwellers such as serpents, mermaids, and jicoteas or turtles within the Atlantis Effect ultimately serve as fluid routes of agency and space for each writer, and simultaneously create a patriarchal counterdiscourse patterned by the complex intersections of gender, sexuality, and queer spiritualities in US Latinx and Chicanx Literature.
FREE!

AGSL, Golda Meir Library (3rd floor), UW-Milwaukee

2311 E Hartford Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53211

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