Posts under tag: Mexican American Studies
Pedro García-Caro, Associate Professor of Spanish, has published an article, “A Play for Branciforte: Early California and the Survival of Astucias por heredar un sobrino a un tío, a Banned Comedia from Bourbon New Spain,” in the latest issue of Early American Literature (Vol. 53, Number 3, 2018: pp. 773-884). The article traces the provenance of a recently recovered literary manuscript from the Bancroft Library in California: Astucias por heredar un sobrino a un tío. This original text written in Spanish by Fermín de Reygadas is considered to be the earliest secular play performed in a European language in California. Authored in 1789 by a Spanish colonist in Mexico, and banned from the stage by the censor’s office in the spring of 1790, this satirical family drama was never printed, and was only performed (circa 1797) in the newly settled secular town of Branciforte (East Santa Cruz). It was preserved there in private archives, and then briefly rescued by Guadalupe Vallejo and Hubert H. Bancroft to be stored away again, having thus received almost no critical or scholarly attention until now. García-Caro considers some aspects of the textual origins as well as recent performances of the play.
As Tricks to Inherit (translated, adapted, and directed by Olga Sanchez Saltveit), the play was performed at the UO in spring of 2018.
The State of Arizona has passed legislation banning the Mexican American Ethnic Studies curriculum from state primary and secondary schools, and legislators are now targeting the state university system. The list of books banned from the schools includes many of the classics of US Latino literature, and even Shakespeare’s The Tempest. (See a list of banned books, coverage in Daily Beast on the ban and its effects).
A coalition of UO and community groups is coming together to show solidarity with the students and educators of Arizona and raise consciousness about the issue by giving a public reading of the banned works. A selection of the banned titles will be available for purchase from the Duck Store at the event.
This reading is organized by The Department of Romance Languages, and co-sponsored by the Departments of English, Ethnic Studies, Comparative Literature, Political Science, the Program in Latin American Studies, The Migration Project of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, the Department of Education Studies of the College of Education, MEChA, and the Eugene Public Library.
All are invited to come hear, first hand, some of the texts that have been censored in Arizona’s schools. Readings will include selections from books by Howard Zinn, Sandra Cisneros, Junot Díaz, Gloria Anzaldúa, William Shakespeare, and others.
Media coverage of the May 1 (2012) event included a KLCC News interview and short spot with Prof. David Wacks, a feature in the Oregon Daily Emerald, a video interview in the Oregon Daily Emerald also with Wacks, a KEZI TV news feature, and photos from Dean Walton’s UO Campus Flickr photostream of Prof. Amalia Gladhart, Prof. Ernesto Martínez (Ethnic Studies and Women and Gender Studies), and the EMU Amphitheater.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
EMU Amphitheater, University of Oregon Campus (corner of E 13th and University)