Noted scholar of Spanish and Latin American literature to speak at Yale

Internationally-renowned scholar Edwin Williamson, the King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish Studies at Oxford University, will visit the campus to deliver a lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Titled “Borges and the Muse (with Some Thoughts on Literary Biography),” the talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Luce Hall auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave. A reception will follow in the Luce Hall common room.

 Williamson is a distinguished scholar of both Spanish and Latin American literature, as well as the author of “The Penguin History of Latin America,” which has appeared in Portuguese and this year comes out in Spanish. Among his other recent books are “The Cambridge Companion to Jorge Luis Borges” and “Borges: A Life,” which has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Romanian, Hungarian, and Chinese.

The noted scholar has been an invited lecturer in Hispanic countries, the United Kingdom, and Europe, and has been a visiting professor at the Universidade de São Paulo, University of California-Los Angeles, and Stanford and Cornell universities.

In 2002, Williamson was honored by the government of Spain, being named Comendador de Número de la Orden de Isabel la Católica.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese with support from the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies at the MacMillan Center and the Department of Comparative Literature.

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