November 11, 2019

Barrenechea Lectures on Silko at Eastern New Mexico University

Professor Antonio Barrenechea

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently delivered a Skype lecture at Eastern New Mexico University. Titled “Leslie Marmon Silko’s Council Book: Hemispheric Forces in Almanac of the Dead,” it discussed the inter-artistic and inter-American dimensions of an encyclopedic novel by a Laguna Pueblo author.

Barrenechea Presents at Literature/Film Association’s Annual Conference

Professor of English Antonio Barrenechea

Professor of English Antonio Barrenechea

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently presented “Fear and Loathing in São Paulo: Trash Metaphysics in the Cinema of Jose Mojica Marins” at the Literature/Film Association’s annual conference, entitled “Reboot Repurpose Recycle” this year and held in Portland, Oregon.

Barrenechea Interviewed about the Relevance of Tragicomedies

Professor of English Antonio Barrenechea

Professor of English Antonio Barrenechea

Antonio Barrenechea, professor of English, was interviewed by MEA WorldWide on the relevance of tragicomedies such as Netflix’s hit show, “Dead to Me.” “Dark humor responds to our absurd condition with the armour of world-weariness. Except that, of course, we also know we can’t really laugh such troubles away — which is why dark humor has a fatalistic dimension built into it,” Barrenechea said. Read more. 

Netflix’s ‘Dead to Me’ is proof that tragedy can go hand-in-hand with humor making tragicomedies universally relevant (MEAWW)

Barrenechea Presents at International Melville Society Conference

Professor of English Antonio Barrenechea

Professor of English Antonio Barrenechea

Professor of English Antonio Barrenechea presented “Moby-Dick as Summa Americana” at the 12th International Melville Society Conference, held in New York City on June 17-20, 2019.

Barrenechea Interviewed for MEAWW Articles

Associate Professor of English Antonio Barrenechea

Associate Professor of English Antonio Barrenechea

Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, was recently interviewed for two articles published in the web magazine MEAWW. The first was on the relationship between summer and romantic comedies. The second probed the link between intelligence and dark humor.

https://meaww.com/the-last-summer-romantic-comedies-netflix-romcom-kj-apa-summer-of-love-tyler-posey

https://meaww.com/dark-comedy-dark-humor-21st-century-dead-to-me-intelligence-black-comedy-movies-tv-shows.

It’s the Summer of Love again as streaming services unleash romcoms for the season (meaww.com)

Why shows like ‘Dead to Me’ are helping us embrace dark comedy like never before (meaww.com)

Barrenechea Brings Students to Edgar Allan Poe Museum

Professor of English Antonio Barrenechea

Professor of English Antonio Barrenechea

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, took his students on a trip to the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia. The excursion was funded by a competitive UMW grant, and was part of the spring 2019 course, “The Groovy Gothic.”  The course explores the intersection of sensational 19th century gothic fiction (Shelley, Stoker, and Poe) and the shock aesthetics of the 1960s counterculture (cinema, music, fashion, painting, and drug culture).

 

Barrenechea Presents at Literature/Film Association Conference

Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, recently presented “A Brazilian Cinema of Cruelty: The ‘Coffin Joe’ Trilogy (1964-2008)” at the annual conference of the Literature/Film Association in New Orleans.