Spanish Faculty Publish New Work

Release Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will host a book reception on Wednesday, February 22, in Logue Library’s Memorial Room from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to recognize two faculty members for their recent publications. Cecelia J. Cavanaugh, SSJ, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish and dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies will discuss her new book “New Lenses for Lorca: Literature, Art and Science in the Edad de Plata” (Bucknell University Press, 2011) and Aida Beaupied, Ph.D., professor of Spanish is the author of will present her new publication “Freedom in Chains: Sacrifice, Aporias and Forgiveness in Cuban Discourse.”  


About “New Lenses for Lorca: Literature, Art and Science in the Edad de Plata”
“New Lenses for Lorca” examines the influence of science in the thought, creative process, writing, and drawing of Federico García Lorca. This publication establishes the historical, cultural and biographical context in which Lorca encountered scientists and their work, and studies the writing and drawing of scientists he came to know at the Residencia de estudiantes in Madrid. By reading particular texts among Lorca’s lectures, letters, poetry, theater and drawings through the lens of the memoirs, lectures, and drawings of scientists such as Santiago Ramón y Cajal and Pío del Río-Hortega, a working poetics is established for each and comparisons are drawn.


About “Freedom in Chains: Sacrifice, Aporias and Forgiveness in Cuban Discourse”  

Freedom has been one of the most discussed topics in Cuban literature and culture; however, until now it has not been studied as discourse or as an instrument of communication that is intrinsically imprecise and thus vulnerable to inconsistencies. Both within and outside of Cuba, the choice is to speak of freedom in relation to factors external to language — religion, politics and civil rights. This explains why so many who approach this subject have been unaware of its inherent contradictions. Libertad en cadenas (Freedom in Chains) explores the origins and the trajectory of the ideas of freedom that have most impacted Cuban culture. The purpose of this exploration is to call attention to the contradictions imbedded in a series of discourses — mythical, religious, theological, philosophical, political, filmic and literary — from the beginning of the 19th century to the present.