Corpos Mortos

Dead Bodies

Chair: Anne Lambright and Milla Riggio, Trinity College

Abstract

What are the meanings culture attributes to the dead, and to dead bodies—corpses, cadavers, ghosts, spirits, and all forms of ancestral bodies (personal and social)--in particular?  This group will look at the many ways dead bodies are given cultural and political significance.  We will consider a variety of media and types of performance, be it theater, mass media (television, print news), popular festivals, sacred rites and sites, or monuments and events that commemorate national heroes.  By way of example, the presence and absence of war dead in current media comes to mind, as do popular festivals such as Carnival and the Day of the Dead, or the political significance assigned to bodies of famous people such as Evita Perón or Che Guevara. We also encourage participants to expand the notion of “dead bodies” to include ancestral bodies, including personal ancestors, ethnic ancestors, and cultural or social  ancestral bodies.  This work group will encourage the submission of works in progress for collective discussion as well as the sharing of theoretical works and directions that can help shape our discussion during the Encuentro.

Biographies

Anne Lambright is Associate Professor of Modern Language and Literature, Hispanic Studies Program, at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, United States.

Milla Riggio is Jams J. Goodwin Professor of English, at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, United States. Sh received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Since 1995, she has focused her work on Trinidad Carnival and the plays of Shakespeare.

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