Lecture | Ghost Studies: Trauma in Film, Literature, and Culture

A Presentation by Enrico Mario Santí, William T. Bryan Professor of Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky and distinguished visiting professor at Claremont Graduate University.    

Professor Santí will teach “Ghost Studies:  Trauma in Literature, Film and Culture” as a graduate seminar for the English Department of Claremont Graduate University in the first summer session module for 2016.  This talk will introduce students to the topics that he will cover in the course.  He will begin the presentation with a 5-minute film clip. 

Professor Santí is the author of numerous books in English and Spanish, including Conversaciones con Octavio Paz (2014), Mano a mano:  Ensayos de circunstancia (2013), Ciphers of History:  Latin American Readings for a Cultural Age (2005), Fernando Ortiz:  Contrapunteo y transculturación (2002), Pensar a José Martí (1995) and Pablo Neruda:  The Poetics of Prophecy (1982).   He has edited books on Octavio Paz, Reinaldo Arenas and Guillermo Cabrera Infante, among other writers and topics.  His articles have appeared in Revista Iberoamericana, Latin American Research Review, Hispanic Review, Diacritics, and MLN, among many others.  Professor Santí has garnered many prestigious awards and fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, the Fulbright-Hays fellowship, the ACLS Senior Fellowship, and a Guggenheim fellowship.  From 1989 to 1998 he was the co-editor of the journal Cuban Studies; he also served on the editorial boards of DiacriticsModern Fiction Studies, South Atlantic Quarterly and Hispanic Review, among many others.  He taught at Duke, Cornell, and Georgetown prior to working as the William T. Bryan Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky.  Professor Santí is also a published poet.  


Course Description

Spectral theory is a still developing field that attempts think jointly the disparate phenomena of trauma, loss, memory, mourning and cultural representation. Our speculative seminar on the subjective and collective, psychic and social, production of ghosts will examine its conceptual bases in the writings of Freud, Marx and Nietzsche, as well as more recent thinkers (Adorno and Horkheimer, Derrida, Agamben, Gordon, Zizek, Punter); representations in both literature (James, Harris, Morrison, Borges, Cisneros, Cortázar, Fuentes, Marías) and film (from Hitchcock to Almodóvar); and some recent visual art (such as Haunted, a 2010 Guggenheim Museum exhibit). Class discussion will involve, among other subjects, the relationship between spectral and narrative theory, especially in relation to so-called Magical Realism, the Fantastic and the Gothic. Students will be encouraged to develop their own approach to spectral theory, and to choose their own topic, not just apply the theory, in a semester-long oral and written project of their own design. 

4 19 forum

IAC Library, 831 N. Dartmouth Ave.