Jose Badenes, S.J. of Saint Joseph’s University to Lecture

Release Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Jose Ignacio Badenes, S.J., the Donald I. MacLean Chair at Saint Joseph’s University, will present the lecture “Interpreting Identities: Rubén Darío and Federico García Lorca Read Walt Whitman” on Monday, November 14, at 6 p.m. in the Redmond Room, St. Joseph Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the College’s Interdisciplinary Honors Program.
Badenes will focus on identity issues explored by all three poets, especially issues of national/social identity and gender/sexual identity. He will explore the poems that Dario and Lorca wrote about Whitman, and how they use what Whitman represents to reflect their own preoccupations regarding gender-sexuality construction and nation-building.
Badenes is the founding director of the Loyola Marymount University Catholic Studies Program and is an associate professor of Spanish there. He specializes in Spanish literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly Hispanic modernism and Federico García Lorca, gender and cultural theory, comparative literature and interdisciplinary studies. Badenes has been published in English and Spanish on writers that range from Federico García Lorca to Tennessee Williams.
Badenes received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in romance languages and literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree in divinity and theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He received a Ph.D. in Hispanic languages and literatures at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kathy Duffy, SSJ, Ph.D. at 215.248.7197 or email