Denison Series Presents Cuban Science Fiction Writer
Posted: April 9, 2007
Denison University's Laura C. Harris "Gendered Borders" series presents the Cuban-born science-fiction writer, Daina Chaviano who will give a lecture titled "Exile, National Identity, and Gender" at 4:30 p.m. on Friday (April 13) in the Higley Auditorium (Room 105).
Chaviano graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in English language studies, winning the David Prize while still a student. Now a resident of Florida, she is currently studying for her doctorate in Spanish. Chaviano published several books in the fantasy and science fiction genres, becoming the most renowned and best-selling author for those genres in Cuban literature. She has been equally successful in mainstream literature, winning various awards in both fields here and abroad. Her novels include "The Worlds I Love," "Fairy Tales for Adults," "The Occult Side of Havana," "The Island of Eternal Love," and "Fables from an Extraterrestrial Grandmother."
Chaviano's work is characterized by the exploration of mythical and psychological themes. The trinity of magic-science-religion is a vital pillar of her literature. With it, she explores situations and phenomena that are obviously conflicting in nature, but whose external manifestations can be confused (e.g. clairvoyance and telepathy, reincarnation and genetic memory, alien creatures and mythological beings). The way that she exploits the bond between fantasy and science fiction creates a very personal style that allows her to explore hidden zones of the human conscience, history and society.
CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville -- Laura C. Harris Gendered Borders Program presents Cuban writer Daina Chaviano for a lecture on "Exile, National Identity, and Gender"; 4:30 p.m., Friday (April 13), Higley Auditorium (100 Ridge Road). Free and open to the public. Contact 740-587-6297 to confirm information.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
For press inquiries:
- Barbara Stambaugh
- Position Title
- Director, Media Relations
- Primary Email
- Business Phone
- (740) 587-8575