From the “los sos ojos” that mark the beginning of the epic El cantar del Mio Cid to other, more modern allusions to, dependencies on, and invocations of sight, visuality has manifested itself in literature from the Middle Ages to the present in a variety of ends. At times, this takes an almost antagonistic shape as authors struggle to recreate a scene for their reader while at other times, visuality becomes a tool as dreams, memories and experiences move the action forward in the narrative to create a unique sensorial experience through the written word.
The tension and mutual dependence between textuality and visuality in Iberian and Latin American literatures creates a thread that stretches across all areas of Luso-Hispanic studies. The graduate students in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies program of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago are organizing a conference to further explore this relationship between text and image entitled “Eyes that Speak: Textual Visions and Visual Texts,” which will take place during April 18-19th, 2014 at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.
This event is free and open to the public.
To view the call for papers, click here.