The Prison, the Mall, and the Archive: Rethinking the Dictatorships at the End of HistoryDraper, Susana - Princeton University
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Susana Draper, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University, was awarded an honorable mention in the Emerging Scholars Prize. She tells a compelling story about the physical transformation of a former prison run by a fascist regime in Uruguay which is today a shopping mall. She received her doctorate from U-M in Romance Languages and Literatures. Professor Draper's talk in our series draws on "The Prison, the Mall, and the Archive (Space, Literature, and Visual Arts in Postdictatorship Cultures)," her current book-length project on spaces and temporalities in contemporary Latin American cities, with a special focus on the transformations of prisons and clandestine detention centers (Punta Carretas, Lecumberri, ESMA and ‘Olimpo’), and the works of literature, critical theory, and visual arts that problematize them. Other areas of interest include contemporary Latin American literature and visual arts, continental philosophy, spatial theory and prison writing. She is author of Ciudad posletrada y tiempos lúmpenes: crítica cultural y nihilismo en la cultura de fin de siglo (in press). She is also preparing an anthology The Malling of Latin America: thinking about the cities after the cold war era.
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