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FT-259833-18
Theater and the Slave Trade in 15th- and 16th-Century Spain and Portugal
Elizabeth Wright, University of Georgia

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Situating Spain in the Early African Diaspora (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Situating Spain in the Early African Diaspora
Abstract: Juan Latino (circa 1517 – circa 1595) is Europe’s first known poet from the black slave diaspora. Navigating the tensions and complexities of Granada—the last redoubt of Islam in early modern Spain—he mobilized Latin erudition to claim liberty, financial stability, and public renown. This lecture examines the changing narratives of Juan Latino’s fama as a poet and educator of Renaissance Spain. In life, he cannily deployed Latin, Europe’s only cosmopolitan literary language, to conjure visions of a global empire for king Philip II while also warning this king about how racial bias would diminish his world power. Yet poets in the seventeenth century concealed Juan Latino’s accomplishments in vernacular poems steeped in the emerging tropes of minstrelsy. It is fitting, therefore, that a research trip to Spain in 1926 by an intellectual of the Harlem Renaissance recovered the epic of Juan Latino. Indeed, the gallery of notable writers construed by Arthur Schomburg in collaboration with Charles S. Johnson remains a compelling agenda for situating Spain in early-modern literary studies.
Author: Elizabeth R. Wright
Date: 09/10/18
Location: University of Pittsburgh
Primary URL: https://www.hispanic.pitt.edu/event/situating-spain-early-african-diaspora-diplomats-minstrels-and-memories-juan-latino
Primary URL Description: Univ. of Pittsburgh, Hispanic Studies

“Situating Spain in the Early African Diaspora: Diplomats, Minstrels, and the Memories of Juan Latino.” (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: “Situating Spain in the Early African Diaspora: Diplomats, Minstrels, and the Memories of Juan Latino.”
Abstract: Juan Latino (circa 1517 – circa 1595) is Europe’s first known poet from the black slave diaspora. Navigating the tensions and complexities of Granada—the last redoubt of Islam in early modern Spain—he mobilized Latin erudition to claim liberty, financial stability, and public renown. This lecture examines the changing narratives of Juan Latino’s fama as a poet and educator of Renaissance Spain. In life, he cannily deployed Latin, Europe’s only cosmopolitan literary language, to conjure visions of a global empire for king Philip II while also warning this king about how racial bias would diminish his world power. Yet poets in the seventeenth century concealed Juan Latino’s accomplishments in vernacular poems steeped in the emerging tropes of minstrelsy. It is fitting, therefore, that a research trip to Spain in 1926 by an intellectual of the Harlem Renaissance recovered the epic of Juan Latino. Indeed, the gallery of notable writers construed by Arthur Schomburg in collaboration with Charles S. Johnson remains a compelling agenda for situating Spain in early-modern literary studies.
Author: Elizabeth R. Wright
Date: 09/10/18
Location: University of Pittsburgh
Primary URL: https://www.hispanic.pitt.edu/event/situating-spain-early-african-diaspora-diplomats-minstrels-and-memories-juan-latino
Primary URL Description: Univ. of Pittsburgh, Hispanic Studies


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