Hispanic Studies Program Hosts International Conference to Honor Peruvian Writer José María Arguedas

Hispanic Studies Program Plans International Conference to Honor Peruvian Writer José María Arguedas
José María Arguedas is a Peruvian novelist, poet, and anthropologist who wrote mainly in Spanish, although some of his poetry is in Quechua. Generally considered one of the foremost figures of 20th century Peruvian letters, Arguedas was born in the province of Andahuaylas in the southern Peruvian Andes. He was raised among Quechua Indians and learned Quechua before Spanish. He studied anthropology at the National University of San Marcos and worked as an anthropologist and professor.

The Hispanic Studies Program in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures will host an international conference in celebration of the centenary of the birth of José María Arguedas, the famous 20th century Peruvian writer, on October 28-29, 2011, in Connelly Center on the campus of Villanova University.

Arguedas' best-known works are: Agua (1935); Yawar Fiesta (1941); Los rios profundos (1958); La agonía de Rasu Ñiti (1962); Todas las sangres (1964); and El zorro de arriba y el zorro de abajo (1971).

In addition to the scholarly session, the conference offers a rich cultural program that complements topics and adds to the celebration of the centenary of José María Arguedas' birth.

Among the events are: the keynote speech by Pedro Lastra, a personal friend of José María Arguedas; danzantes de tijeras, Walter Velille, and Marco de la Cruz from Huancavelica; harp and violin music accompanying the dance presentation; reception for the participants of the conference; an exhibit at the  Falvey Library celebrating José María Arguedas' oeuvre; and a film festival.

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