College of Humanities

Dr. Gorica Majstorovic: Humanities, Hispanism, and The Dream of America in Alfonso Reyes

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Sierra Hall 264

You are cordially invited to join the lecture by Dr. Gorica Majstorovic (Stockton University).

ABSTRACT: Alfonso Reyes (1889-1959) wrote “Notas sobre la inteligencia americana” (1936) and Ultima Tule (1942) to interrogate standard notions of universal humanism, and advocated—among other ideas—an American utopia, while fully acknowledging coloniality as the central problem of modernity. Drawing from Reyes’ “Visión de Anáhuac” and its evocation of the ancient city of Tenochtitlan Mexico, this talk sets into conversation Reyes’s subsequent texts that analyze a projection of an ideal utopian future onto America and Henríquez-Ureña’s La utopía de América (1925). Henríquez- Ureña, Dominican writer who together with Reyes was one of the founding members of the journal Sur, remained committed to the same humanist project and found his inspiration in Ancient Greece but also, like Reyes, in the indigenous cultures of the continent.

For any inquiries or to RSVP, please contact:
Dr. Svetlana Tyutina:
Lucia Muro, Spanish Club President:

This event is sponsored by: CSUN College of Humanities Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures, CSUN Spanish Club