Conversation with Gioconda Belli
presented by Susanna Regazzoni
Miguel Angel Asturias (Guatemalan author, 1899-1974, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1967), reflecting on Latin-American literature, declared that it was not possible for a Latin-American intellectual to become detached from reality. Asturias could not imagine any Latin-American writer assuming a neutral position, since the cultural – and more in general, social – panorama forcefully demanded a space in which to be represented. The work of Gioconda Belli is in line with this poetic approach, in which literature is a mirror which reflects all things Latin-American; from a perspective which focuses on the commitment of women to the political struggle, and with direct experience with the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua, Gioconda Belli has given a voice to the entire country and to a political project which has been able to set aside revolutionary ideals in the face of the democratic choice of the Nicaraguan people.
Susanna Regazzoni lectures in Spanish and Spanish-American Language and Literature at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. Her research centres on 19th- and 20th-century Spanish and Spanish-American Literature, and in particular works by women, a subject on which she has published numerous essays and articles. Regazzoni has published a number of books, including Cuba: una escritura sin fronteras (2001), Osvaldo Soriano o la nostalgia dell’avventura (1996), El siglo de Borges (1999) and Homenaje a Adolfo Bioy Casares (2002). She is currently working on numerous international research projects with various Italian and overseas universities.
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Tuesday 12 March - 11.00 am
Venice – Università Ca’ Foscari, Auditorium Santa Margherita