Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat: Francine Masiello: The Senses of Democracy: Perception, Politics, and Culture in Latin America
Lecture | September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room
Francine Masiello (Comparative Literature and Spanish & Portuguese) examines the representation of the senses during moments of crisis in Latin America from the early nineteenth century to the present. In The Senses of Democracy: Perception, Politics, and Culture in Latin America (Texas, 2018), she traces the evolution of sense work in literary texts, the visual arts, periodical culture, and history. She argues that when the discourse on democracy is altered or threatened, the representation of our sensing bodies helps shape democratic practice and rebellion, cultural crisis, and social change.
Masiello is joined by Tom McEnaney (Comparative Literature and Spanish & Portuguese). After a brief discussion of the book, they open the floor for discussion.
Light refreshments are provided at Book Chats. Feel free to bring your own lunch.