Presented by Manchester Community College professor Dr. Linda J. Burk with "Hispanic, Latino, Spanish, Cuban, Mexican, Oaxacan. How Does a Writer Express His Identity?
The ways in which writers express their identity (individual, regional, national, international) through their literary works will be discussed using examples from of an essay from El laberinto de la soledad(The Labyrinth of Solitude) by Octavio Paz and poetry from Versos sencillos(Simple Verses) by José Martí. Handouts in both English and Spanish will be provided.
Linda J. Burk, Professor of Romance Languages at MCC, received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Spanish (Latin American Literature). Her doctoral dissertation was a semiotic analysis of the poetry of the Mexican poet, Octavio Paz (recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990). Dr. Burk has given papers on Latin American literature at Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts, Oberlin College, the University of Cincinnati, St. Joseph College, and Yale University. Professor Burk enjoys traveling and has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico and Cuba with her husband.