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Cuban-American Novelist Finds His Voice

Posted April 23, 2018

You are cordially invited to the interdisciplinary symposium “Heir to Galdós: A Cuban-American Novelist Finds His Voice,” to be held the afternoon of Friday, April 27, when we will be welcoming Frederick A. de Armas to TAMU.

Frederick de Armas is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Chicago and president of the Asociación Internacional Siglo de Oro ( He is also a descendant through his mother of Spanish novelist Benito Pérez Galdós. In 2016 he published his first novel, El abra del Yumurí, set in Old Havana (where he grew up) and based on his mother’s manuscript left behind after her death. This one-day symposium will combine a reading from the novel, meet-the-author, academic talk on how he incorporated Golden Age echoes into the book, comparative session on points of contact with Galdós, and response papers by grad students and faculty at TAMU.

This event will interest scholars and students of contemporary Latin American literature, Chicano literature, Golden Age Spanish literature and Spanish Realism (Galdós). Professor De Armas also plans to incorporate classic paintings from art history into his lecture. The symposium has been co-sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Studies, the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, and the Early Modern Studies Working Group.

All events will be held in Glasscock 311.

Symposium schedule:

1:30-1:50 pm: “Cartografía de lo cubano y exploración de registros narrativos” (Yumary Alfonso)

1:50-2:10 pm: “Reconstruyendo el abra: diálogos entre el ensueño y la memoria” (René Rubí)

2:10-2:30 pm:Ut pictura poesis: ékfrasis y memoria” (Yoandy Cabrera)

2:30-2:50 pm: “Un grado de separación” (Teresa Vilarós)

2:50-3 pm: Discussion

3-3:30 pm: Coffee break


4:30-5 pm: Discussion

Copies of the novel are available on Amazon:


Hilaire Kallendorf, Ph.D.
Professor of Hispanic and Religious Studies
Cornerstone Faculty Fellow
Texas A&M University MS 4238
College Station, TX 77843
Academic 302C
(979) 845-2125


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