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The Cubans Painted by Themselves (1852): Writing the Nation in an International Context

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Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 2:30pm to 4:30pm

PCA - Paul Cejas Architecture Building, 254
11200 SW 8th ST, Paul Cejas Architecture Bldg, Miami, Florida 33199

Thursday, February 23, 2023.
PCA 254
2:30PM - 4:30PM

The collection of articles about national types, The Cuban Painted by Themselves (1852) contained 38 articles representing national characters and professions written by the most influential authors of the moment, such as Bentacourt, José María de Cárdenas, or Manuel Costales. Each article containeddifferent engravings, and the collection also included 20 lithographs representing national types. The title suggests that the collection's sketches were local endeavors with an inward-looking reflection on Cuba. However, a closer look at the book reveals that these articles were more outward-looking than their titles suggest. This talk will discuss how the portraits in the national collection of types engaged in an international network of influences, collaborations, and borrowings.

The speaker will be Dr. Kari Soriano.  

Dr. Soriano is Associate Professor of Latin American literature at the University of Bergen, Norway, President of the Norwegian Association for Latin American Studies (NALAS), and co-director of the research project Conservative Sensibilities. Her interests address the cultural production and intellectual history of the 19th century, focusing on the relationship between narrative, geography, Catholicism, and conservatism.

Please note: This event is MANDATORY for Ph.D. students.
Space is limited. Please RSVP with Lauren Padron at

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Academics, Lectures & conferences



Department of Modern Languages
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