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11-12-2009 Juan Carlos Grijalva

Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research (CIQR -- "seeker")*
Date:  Nov. 12 (Thurs.), 2009, 4:30-6:00PM, 207 College Hall, Berger Gallery, Duquesne University.

Presenter: Dr. Juan Carlos Grijalva, Dept. of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Assumption College

Bio:  Professor Juan Carlos Grijalva is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Hispanic Language and Literatures at Assumption College.  He has a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pittsburgh (2004). He has published one book and several articles on topics related to patriarchal domination and womens literature and subjectivity in 19th century Ecuadorian culture. He is currently working on a new book tentatively entitled Las Marimachas:  Patriarchal Culture and Feminine Subjectivity in the Ecuadorian Culture (1860-1900).

Title:  "The Feminine Life of Masculine Power:  Patriarchal Domination and Feminine Struggle in 19th Century Ecuadorian Culture"

Abstract: My talk will explore the deep interconnections between masculine public authority and feminine subjectivity in 19th century Ecuadorian culture, but the interpretation I develop could just as well be applied to discussions of theocratic discourses in present-day Iran or Afghanistan. By affirming the centrality of the female to the very existence of patriarchy itself, I argue the perpetuation of a totalizing kind of patriarchy through the transvestite ventriloquism of the feminine voice or the existence of a feminine defense of patriarchalism in national literature, newspapers, magazines, public education, and moral-religious principles. I also extend my analysis to the dynamics of the response (i.e. resistance, struggle) on the part of rebel women.

All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited.  Refreshments will be served.

For inquiries concerning CIQR, please contact the Center Coordinator, Fred Evans, Dept. of Philosophy, evansf@duq.edu, 396-6507, or access the CIQR website.

*The Center has been officially approved by the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, The Graduate Council of the College, and the Council of Deans for the University. It is based in the College but open to members of all the schools of the University. It includes interpretive and qualitative research in both the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences (including the practice of the latter in Nursing, Education, Occupational Therapy and other professional schools).