CCISC Public Lecture: Literature as Social Activism by Belén Gopegui


CCISC Public lecture :  
Belén Gopegui, Distinguished Visitor (with the support of Instituto Cervantes)

Title: “Literature as Social Activism”

Speaker: Belén Gopegui, award-winning Spanish writer and social activist

Date and Time: Monday 5 May 2016, 4.30-6pm

Venue: MB603, Main Building, Aston University B4 7ET Birmingham

Talk in Spanish with consecutive interpreting into English by Translation Studies final year students Kitty Macklin and Antonella Campanella. Q&A in English followed by Wine reception

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Belén Gopegui  Literature as Social Activism”

Most of my novels are about commonalities between the individual and the group. They try to counteract a widespread attitude in Spanish literature that consists in “defending politics while denigrating activism.” People who are active, not only in political parties but also in groups or joint projects, place politics in a more important space than simply voting every four years. Each of the stories I have written draws spaces of activism in which an attitude that I define as “the yes of each no” germinates. My talk will outline the various projects my literary characters set up, linking them to the different countries they belong to.

Enquiries: Dr Olga Castro o.castro@aston.ac.uk

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