September 28th, 2022 (2:00-3:30pm Boston / 20:00-21:30 Madrid)*
In this event, we pay tribute to recently deceased Spanish writer Javier Marías from the North American country with which he had a long relationship. We will first address the author’s––and before him his father’s––presence at Wellesley College as visiting professors, since these periods will help illuminate certain aspects of Marías later career as a writer. We will then focus on the profesional life of this novelist, who is considered one of the greatest of contemporary Spain. The session will analyze the importance of Marías’ work in the English-speaking world, with special attention to the United States, in addition to presenting other aspects of his life, since he was also an important translator, columnist, publisher, and key public figure in contemporary Spanish history.
Carlos Ramos is full professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at Wellesley College and the Margaret E. Deffenbaugh and LeRoy T. Carlson Professor in Comparative Literary Studies. His publications and teaching center on the literature and cultural history of contemporary Spain. Marta Pérez-Carbonell is associate professor in the department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Colgate University. Following her monograph The Fictional World of Javier Marías – Language and Uncertainty (Brill/Rodopi, 2016), she has published numourous articles on Marias’ work and that of other contemporary Spanish authors.
*This event will take place on Wednesday the 28th.