Jennifer Nagtegaal: “To engulf an empire: Cannibalism and translatio imperii in La Numancia”: Thursday 1 December 2016
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The UBC Early Romance Studies Research Cluster presents a talk by
Jennifer Nagtegaal (M.A. Candidate in Hispanic Studies)
“To engulf an empire: Cannibalism and translatio imperii in La Numancia”
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Place: Dept. of FHIS Lounge (Buchanan Tower 799 – 1873 East Mall)
The pervasiveness of blood and bodily suffering in Cervantes’ La Numancia (ca. 1581) has captivated literary critics for decades. However, they have scarcely made mention of the cannibalistic ritual that occurs in the third act; the savage practice, according to French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss (1961: 385) “that we find the most horrible and disgusting.” The literary representation of cannibalism, long marginalized in scholarship, has only recently seen the limelight of scholarship. We analyse this act with the purpose of shedding new light on the classic and automatic identification Numantia-Spain, thus also entering the existing debate about the interpretive ambiguity of the play.
The talk will be in English. All are welcome to attend. Please see the poster below (downloadable PDF) for more details and please do share with anyone who may be interested in attending.