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October 24, 2019 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Tierney Alumni House | Map
5510 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free

An Emeritus Academy colloquium presentation by Renata Wasserman, English

Abstract: Rachel de Queiroz (Nov. 17, 1910-Nov. 4, 2003), was born in Fortaleza, capital of Ceará--that’s the “nordeste,” the Northeast of Brazil, a region of cattle ranches, catastrophic droughts that flood the rest of the country with refugees, and talented writers of which Queiroz was one. She wrote seven novels—most with women as protagonists; two plays; countless “crônicas,” personal essays published in newspapers; short stories. At least one of her novels (the first one, about one of the most catastrophic droughts in the region) was made into a film, and one was adapted for TV. She was the first woman selected to join the Brazilian Academy of Letters. How did she do it? She did say “Eu nunca fui uma moça bem-comportada” (I was never a well-behaved young lady). That kind of attitude does not necessarily lead to positive prominence. So I will talk about her trajectory, her circumstances, her heroines, and conclude by reading one of her very short short-stories, and try to show how annoying she could be. 

Professor Emerita Renata Wasserman for over 30 years taught English, American, and Comparative Literature—and whatever else might have been needed, such as Composition, or Introductions to this and that—in the Wayne State English Department. She is the author of Exotic Nations: Literature and National Identity in the US and Brazil, 1830-1930, and Central at the Margin: Five Brazilian Women Writers, in addition to translations from Brazilian literature and articles on travel literature, translation, Brazilian and Latin American literature, English and American literature, women’s writing, writing by Afro-descendant writers in the US and Brazil. For a while she has been working on “Financial Fictions,” or money in novels.

Place: First floor conference room of the Tierney Alumni House, 5510 Woodward (just north of the Park Shelton parking structure on the NE corner of Woodward and Ferry St.). Visitor parking available behind the building. Please come to the rear door of the house and ring the bell for entrance. There is also handicap parking and a ramp for easy access to the front door of the building.


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