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Staging Habla de Negros: Radical Performances of the African Diaspora in Early Modern Spain

Lecture by Dr. Nicholas R. Jones

This lecture uncovers an interdisciplinary exploration of white appropriations of black African voices in Spanish theater from the 1500s through the 1700s, where Jones makes a strong case for revising the belief, long held by literary critics and linguists, that white appropriations and representations of habla de negros language are “racist buffoonery” or stereotype. Instead, Jones shows black characters who laugh, sing, and shout, ultimately combating the violent desire of white supremacy. By placing early modern Iberia in conversation with discourses on African diaspora studies, Jones showcases how black Africans and their descendants who built communities in early modern Spain were rendered legible in performative literary texts.

Dr. Nicholas R. Jones is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Bucknell University.

Open to all | Lightly Catered

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Memorial Union Building (MU), La Raza: Room 208
2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

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Lecture or Presentation

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Academic, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion


Community, Faculty and Staff, Student, Graduate, Undergraduate, Alumni




School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
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Natalia Bueno

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