LEWISBURG, Pa. — John W. Kronik, professor emeritus of romance studies at Cornell University, will give the lecture, "The Day I Saw Hitler: Place, Identity, and the Cataclysmic Memory," Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.
Kronik received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is an internationally known scholar not only in his chosen field of Spanish letters, but also throughout the profession. He also has taught at Hamilton College and the University of Illinois and has held visiting appointments at several universities.
He was editor of the Publications of the Modern Language Association (PMLA) from 1985-92, arguably the most prestigious journal in the field of English and Modern Languages/Literatures, and of Anales Galdosianos from 1985-90.
He is co-editor of Intertextual Pursuits: Literary Mediations in Modern Spanish Narrative (with Jeanne P. Brownlow), published by the Bucknell University Press, which also published an homage volume in his honor, Self-Conscious Art: A Tribute to John W. Kronik (edited by Susan L. Fischer, Bucknell professor of Spanish and comparative literature).
Fischer says, "Although his field is 19th-century Spanish literature, Kronik has always been a master in transcending the `insular peninsular' to take into account the larger view. The lecture he will deliver at Bucknell will be no less broad and encompassing.
"His lecture will attempt to provide some answers as to why the subjects of identity, place, and memory — especially memory — have grabbed our attention so fiercely at this particular moment."
The lecture, which is open to the public without charge, is sponsored by the Program in Comparative Humanities, the Department of Foreign Language Programs and the University Lectureship Committee.