Spanish majors Miranda Tompkins ’20 and Renee Congdon ’20, as well as ALST minor Carolina Siekierski ’21 talked about their current research projects as part of the inaugural Central New York Spanish-Latin American Studies Student Colloquium held at Syracuse University on November 8. Tompkins, Congdon and Siekierski joined 13 other talented MA and PhD students from SUNY-Albany, Syracuse and Cornell universities in a day-long event that featured talks and discussions with professors from those institutions; the presentations covered a wide range of literary, cultural studies, cinematic and historical perspectives.
Miranda’s paper, “Female Latin American Writers and Their Feminist Ideals as Reflected Through Their Fictional Literature,” is part of her current honors project directed by professor Luciani. She analyzed feminist ideals and the female perspective in patriarchal societies through the fictional literature of Latin American authors Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda (Cuba), Soledad Acosta de Samper (Colombia), and Juana Manuela Gorriti (Argentina).
Renee’s paper, “Literature and Film as Acts of Rebellion Under Francoist Censorship: El espíritu de la colmena (1973) and La muerte y la primavera (1986),” focused on censorship and self-censorship in the final years of the Franco dictatorship in Spain. She analyzed three symbols that appear in both works--the eyes, the monstrous or undead, and clocks--to uncover the ways in which censored texts and films often contain a hidden treasure trove of highly critical content.
Carolina’s paper, “What Effects Did the Cuban Revolution Have on the Lives of Women during the Initial Period (1959-70) as Opposed to the Special Period (1991-2000)?,” showed how the lives of women changed in Cuba based on the economic and political circumstances during the Cuban Revolution at two different and crucial moments: the initial and special periods.