The University of Iowa

Epic poem 'Espejo de paciencia' is topic of UI lecture Oct. 27

October 19th, 2011

Raúl Marrero Fente, an associate professor of Spanish and law at the University of Minnesota, will present a lecture on Silvestre de Balboa’s epic poem “Espejo de paciencia” Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Room 315, Phillips Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

In particular, Marrero Fente’s presentation will address ecopoetics as a site of transatlantic exchange between Spain and Cuba.

A renowned colonialist, Marrero Fente has published a 2010 critical edition of “Espejo de paciencia” (1608), an epic poem that depicts tropical nature in baroque style and is considered the first work of Cuban literature. He is the author of numerous studies on colonial Latin American literature, transatlantic studies, and literature and the law, including “Bodies, Texts, and Ghosts: Writing on Literature and Law in Colonial Latin America” (2010) and “Epic, Empire and Community in the Atlantic World” (2008).

This lecture is sponsored by the Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies Program within International Programs; and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, both within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Adriana Méndez at or 319-335-2230.