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Assistant Professor of Iberian Studies at Johns Hopkins University Bécquer Seguín will lead a conversation that examines how literature has registered the Great Recession. The Great Recession—sometimes called the financial crisis or the economic crisis of 2008—brought financial markets to a halt and created significant political turmoil across the North Atlantic. But its impact on culture, and literature especially, has often been ignored. He will focus on how crisis is narrated and the ways in which literary works have managed to provide a voice for marginalized social, economic, and political demands.
Bécquer Seguín is a scholar and literary critic. He is Assistant Professor of Iberian Studies in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University, where he is also a faculty member in the Center for Advanced Media Studies and the Program in Latin American Studies. His current research focuses on cultural responses to economic crises in modern Iberia, from the nineteenth century to the present. He is presently completing a book on the novels of Spain’s Great Recession. In addition to literature and literary history, he also works in film studies, art history, and political theory.
His scholarly articles, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Hispanic Review, diacritics, ARTMargins, Radical Philosophy, Hispania, and other journals, and, with Ana Sabau, he is the co-editor of the forthcoming volume Political Romanticism in the Americas. In addition to his scholarship, he writes essays and criticism for The Nation, Slate, Dissent, and other periodicals. He also provides television and radio commentary for WNYC, CNBC, and other stations. In 2015, El País Catalunya named him “one to follow” among U.S.-based scholars of modern Iberia. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, where he was Andrew W. Mellon and John E. Sawyer Seminar Fellow and Graduate School Dean’s Scholar.
TIME & DATE
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 7:00pm