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APRIL 9-10
Peter Hulme, Literature, University of Essex

Living in the Tropics: The Colonial Space of Guantánamo Bay
THURSDAY, April 9 / Humanities 210 / 4 PM

Peter Hulme’s current work, a project called American Tropics: Towards a Literary Geography, focuses on the particular region that is Oriente, roughly the eastern third of the island of Cuba.  The talk looks aslant at a Cuban national literature that has sometimes been indistinguishable from a history of Havana. The insurgent and revolutionary history of that eastern region reveals stories of rebellion, heroism, and sacrifice.  This particular paper looks at what has in recent years become the most infamous part of Oriente, Guantánamo Bay.

Our Man in Havana: Graham Greene and Cuba
FRIDAY, April 10 / Humanities 210 / 10 AM-12 PM

Readings for the seminar include Hulme's "Graham Greene and Cuba: Our Man in Havana?". It is also recommended that you read the novel, Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana, and see the film.

The Colonial Atlantic Research Cluster will sponsor a screening of the film on Wednesday, April 8 at 5 PM in Humanities 1, Room 520.

Graham Greene's novel Our Man in Havana was published on October 6, 1958; the film version was shot in Havana in April 1959.  Between these dates, Fidel Castro and his Cuban Revolution took power.  Thus, in terms of timing, Our Man in Havana is closely associated with the triumph of the Cuban Revolution.  Is that association merely accidental, or does it involve any deeper implications?  On the fiftieth anniversary of novel, film, and Revolution, this seems a question worth investigating.

Peter Hulme is Professor of Literature at the University of Essex and author of Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492-1797 (Methuen, 1986) and Remnants of Conquest: The Caribs and Their Visitors, 1877-1998 (Oxford, 2000). Recent publications include the co-edited Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing (Cambridge, 2002) and William Shakespeare: The Tempest (Norton, 2003).  He is currently working on the literary geography of the Caribbean.

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