Andrew Redden (Liverpool): The Devil is a Jailbreaker: Graphic History and the Hermeneutics of the Unbelieved.
|Dates:||19 April 2023|
|Times:||21:00 - 22:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
Part of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies research seminar series.
Room: Samuel Alexander A114. This event can be followed online: https://zoom.us/j/95860231166
Abstract: This paper describes the thoughts and process of depicting the story of a young lad, Pedro, condemned to die in the early 1700s in the Viceroyalty of Peru, who gives his soul to the devil in order to escape from jail. The devil then helps him survive on the margins of society with the power of a magic ring, but his evil presence is so overpowering that Pedro reneges on his pact with his only ‘friend’, loses the ring, and is captured and condemned to death again. He then recounts his story to the inquisition in order to obtain absolution before his execution. As well as glossing the story, the talk will discuss the challenges of interpreting historically the trial manuscript as well as visualising and drawing it in a way that seems faithful not just to the historical document, but to Pedro himself. How close can we get to Pedro’s own understanding of what happened to him? To what extent can we fill in the details? What do we gain and what do we lose by doing so?
Role: Senior Lecturer in Latin American History
Organisation: University of Liverpool,
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