March 09, 2009

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Carlos A. JaureguiLEWISBURG, Pa. — Carlos A. Jauregui will give the talk, "The Serial Killer and the Rebel: The Curious Case of the Man-Eating Negro aka El Negro Incognito," on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

In his talk, Jauregui will analyze the political and cultural dimensions of the state of terror triggered by a series of gruesome crimes that took place in Santo Domingo (the Dominican Republic today), at the time of the Haitian Revolution in the late 18th century, according to LaVonne Poteet, associate professor of Latin American studies at Bucknell.

"Dr. Jauregui's lecture is related to studies on race, identity and nation, and on Latin America and the Caribbean," she said.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's "Peace & Resistance" series, held in conjunction with Latin American studies and the Samek Art Gallery exhibition, "Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamin." || Related story  Economics class visits the Samek

Guayasamin painting exhibition
Jauregui was instrumental in bringing to the United States the groundbreaking Guayasamin exhibition currently at the Samek, according to Dan Mills, curator of the Samek Art Gallery.

"He is also an editor and contributor of the Guayasamin Exhibition catalog: Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamin (Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies and The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery: 2008). We are extremely pleased to have him visit the University and share his expertise," said Mills.
Jauregui is associate professor of Latin American literature and anthropology in the department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Focus on culture of resistance
"Within the field of Latin American Studies, Dr. Jauregui is recognized for his penetrating, multidisciplinary analyses on colonialism and neocolonialism that embrace literary, legal, political, social, and economic phenomena and provide unique perspectives on the construction of history, race, and nation in the Americas. 

"Central to his theoretical work is a sustained focus on the culture of resistance and the tradition of the oppressed," Poteet said.

Symbolic representation of cannibalism
Among his many honors and publications, he is best known for his monumental study on the symbolic representation of cannibalism and related concepts, in the post-1492 Western imagination: Canibalia: Canibalismo, calibanismo, antropofagia cultural y consumo en America Latina (2005, 2008), which won the prestigious Casa de las Americas prize in 2005.

According to Jauregui, Canibalia focuses on the historical redefinition and ideological values of cannibalism as a shifting cultural metaphor, in constructing and contesting Latin American identities throughout various stages of its cultural history.

"Canibalia addresses how the metaphor of cannibalism, the conceptual character of Caliban and the trope of consumption have been articulated with experiences of colonialism and (neo)colonialism, appropriation of cultural difference, hybrid identity construction, and with the rising criticism of the global market and consumerism in Latin America," he said.

Noted author and editor
Jauregui also is author of Querella de los indios en las Cortes de la Muerte (1557) (Mexico: 2002), a study and an annotated edition of a rare theatrical version of the Conquest of the New World from the 16th century that was influenced by Bartolome de las Casas, and his most recent, The Conquest on Trial: Carvajal's Complaint of the Indians in the "Court of Death" (2008), an English translation of this rare play with introduction and notes.

He is co-editor of numerous volumes including Heterotropias: narrativas de identidad y alteridad latinoamericana with Juan P. Dabove (2003); a monographic issue with Edward H. Friedman of Bulletin of the Comediantes (2006) devoted to Hispanic colonial theatre; Colonialidad y critica en America Latina: Bases para un debate (2007), with Mabel Morana; and Coloniality at Large: Latin America and the Postcolonial Debate (2008), with Enrique Dussel and Mabel Morana.

Jauregui is the author of numerous articles which have appeared in journals such as Colonial Latin American Review, Revista Ibeoramericana, Revista de critica literaria latinoamericana, Hispanic Issues, Bulletin of the Comediantes, Humboldt (Goethe Institut), Enunciacion, Revista Casa Silva, and Revista de Estudios Colombianos. 

For more information about Jauregui, visit

For additional information on the series, see Bucknell's 2008-09 Peace & Resistance program.

For additional information on the Guayasamin Painting Exhibit, visit the Samek Art Gallery.

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