Plenary Speakers

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Plenary Speakers

Giannina Braschi

Puerto Rican author and poet Giannina Braschi is the author of Empire of Dreams, Yo-Yo Boing! and United States of Banana. PEN called Braschi “one of the most revolutionary voices” in Latin American Literature today. Her work is a postmodern hybrid of poetry, fiction, theater, and political philosophy. She writes in Spanish, Spanglish, and English on far-ranging subjects—from immigration, economy, and colonialism—to love, liberty, and creativity. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Braschi was a fashion model, singer, and tennis champion in her teen years. She studied literature in Madrid, Rome, London, and Rouen before settling in New York City. With a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures from State University of New York, Stony Brook, she taught at Rutgers University, City University of New York, and Colgate University. She has published on Cervantes, Garcilaso, Machado, Lorca, and Bécquer. A Literature Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, Braschi has won awards/grants from Ford Foundation, Danforth Scholarship, New York Foundation for the Arts, Reed Foundation, InterAmericas, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Rutgers, and PEN. Artists have adapted her texts into experimental theater, art films, music, photography, painting, sculpture, lithography, and graphic novel.

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David E. Chinitz

David E. Chinitz is the author of T.S. Eliot and the Cultural Divide and Which Sin To Bear? Authenticity and Compromise in Langston Hughes as well as co-editor of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot, vol. 6: The War Years, 1940-1946 (winner of the 2019 MLA Prize for a Scholarly Edition). He also edited the Blackwell Companion to T. S. Eliot and co-edited the Companion to Modernist Poetry. He co-directs Modernist Networks (modnets.org), which provides peer review and aggregation for digital projects in modernism. He served as president of the International T. S. Eliot Society from 2010 to 2012 and as president of the Modernist Studies Association in 2014. A professor at Loyola University Chicago, he currently chairs its English Department.

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Ramón del Castillo

Ramón del Castillo is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Anthropology at the UNED and Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the Faculty of Philosophy. He teaches courses in contemporary philosophy in the B. A. of English Studies, Anthropology and Art History, and Cultural Studies in the Master’s Degree of Philosophy. He has been the coordinator of several research teams exploring the crisis in the public sphere. His area of research is Anglo-American culture and philosophy, from the end of the 19th century to the present, especially pragmatist social philosophy, cultural materialism and Marxist theory. He has translated the works of Terry Eagleton and Fredric Jameson into Spanish. His last two books are El jardín de los delirios. Las ilusiones del naturalismo (Turner 2019) and Filósofos de paseo (Turner 2020). Some of his most recent essays are “Thinking without Banisters”, “The Comic Mind of William James,” “Gags and Games: Wittgenstein and his Relation to Jokes”, “El jardín en llamas: a vueltas con Fahrenheit 451”, “Del espacio exterior al espacio interior. Raymond Williams y la Ciencia-Ficción.” Currently, he is a member of a research team on artistic designs and architectures in the Anthropocene. Among his forthcoming publications (Autumn 2021) are a book about Antonio Gramsci’s ideas on detective novels (Conan Doyle and Chesterton) and a sequel of his book on naturalist ideologies focused on recent discussions on the environmental crisis. Also, from the 1990s, he has collaborated as a critic, commentator, and instructor in the musical and audiovisual world (Classical Radio, Barenboim-Said Foundation, National Orchestra, Young National Orchestra, Teatro Real) as well as in several music festivals and music schools.

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Eulalia Piñero Gil

Eulalia Piñero Gil is an associate professor of American Literature and Gender Studies at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. Currently, she is president of the Spanish Association for American Studies (SAAS) and director of the Madrid Master’s Degree in English Studies of the UAM. She has also served as member of EAAS board and the Spanish Association for AngloAmerican Studies (AEDEAN) board. She has taught at Purdue University, Saint Louis University, UNED, University Complutense and University of Castilla-La Mancha.

She was awarded a full scholarship to study Comparative and American Literature at Purdue University in Indiana where she graduated with a Master’s degree. Likewise, she was awarded a doctoral grant to research the archive of the American modernist poet Marianne Moore at the “Rosenbach Library and Foundation” in Philadelphia and two postgraduate scholarships by the Canadian Government to research Canadian and American women’s poetry at Toronto University. She has published extensively on American Renaissance, modernism, women’s literature and comparative literature. Notably, she has co-edited several works including Visions of Canada Approaching the Millennium (1999), Voices and Images of Women in 20th Century Theatre. Anglo-American Women Playwrights (2002), Women and Art: Visions of Change and Social Development (2010,) Breaking a Sea of Silence: Interdisciplinary Reflections on Gender Violence (2013), and Live Deep and Suck all the Marrow of Life. H. D. Thoreau’s Literary Legacy (2020). She is also the author of the critical edition of Extraordinary Narrations by E. A. Poe (Octaedro,1999), and the translation and critical edition of Herman Melville’s Bartleby, the Scrivener (Espasa Calpe, 2006). In 2012, she translated and edited Kate Chopin’s The Awakening (Cátedra), and in 2020 Kate Chopin’s Complete Short Stories (Páginas de Espuma). She has been appointed a member of the Kate Chopin International Society Advisory Committee for her contribution to this American writer. In 2018 she translated and edited for the first time in Spanish John Dos Passos’s A Pushcart at the Curb, Invierno en Castilla (Renacimiento).

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