• October 25: Haunting, Witchcraft, and Mexican Womanhood in Cervera’s The Bone Woman (2022)

    The Horror of Motherhood: Haunting, Witchcraft, and Mexican Womanhood in Michelle Garza Cervera’s Huesera/The Bone Woman (2022)
    Guest speaker: Enrique Ajuria Ibarra
    25 Oct. 2023 at 4:00pm

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    Abstract: Michelle Garza Cervera’s debut Mexican horror film Huesera/The Bone Woman (2022) is a chilling portrayal about the social and cultural expectations of motherhood. When Valeria agrees to have a baby with her partner, she suddenly becomes haunted by a split-boned, crooked entity that terrifies her day and night. This creature starts to threaten her daily routine, and soon after giving birth puts her baby daughter at risk too. Since no one else believes in her, she seeks help from her aunt who suggests a group of witches can lift the curse. Garza Cervera’s film offers a staunch criticism of cultural and social expectations of what is to be a Mexican woman, that is, someone who is primarily subjected to the domestic and the maternal. Huesera introduces a monstrous creature that can easily be interpreted as a sign of anxiety and dread of motherhood, reminiscent of classic horror films such as Rosemary’s Baby (1968) or The Babadook (2014).

    Enrique Ajuria Ibarra is Senior Assistant Professor at Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), Mexico. He has published several articles and chapters on Mexican Gothic horror cinema. He is the editor-in-chief of the online, peer-reviewed journal Studies in Gothic Fiction. He is currently exploring the Gothic in the Archie Comics Universe and continues looking at Gothic and horror in Mexican film and literature.

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  • October 19: Indigenous-Italian-Canadian Connections: The Wisdom of Grandmothers and/in Children’s Literature

    OCT 19, 2023 @ 6PM (EST) ON ZOOM

    What are the roles and responsibilities of Grandmothers?
    How do they transmit their knowledges?
    What are the obstacles to that transmission?
    What is the role of children’s literature in Indigenous and Italian-Canadian communities?

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  • Oct. 17 and Nov. 22: Graduate Info Sessions / SCLA

    The Office of Graduate Studies organizes two online Info Sessions, one on Tuesday 17 October at 2 pm, the other on Wednesday 22 November at 1 pm. Please visit the link below (look for Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts) for more information and to register.

    These information sessions are designed for you to learn about the MA in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts and gain a deeper understanding of the program’s structure. The sessions will provide useful information on the BrockU graduate experience, including admission requirements, financial opportunities/information, and what to expect in a graduate journey at Brock University.

    The M.A. in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts (SCLA) is an interdisciplinary and inter-faculty program that focuses on the study of literature and the arts from different cultures. It examines the ways in which literature enters into dialogue with the fine and performing arts. Students explore contemporary approaches to texts of various types, as well as the possibilities and problems that arise in comparative studies, including issues related to the translation and adaptation of works. Through coursework, students develop a cross-disciplinary understanding of how works of art and cultural production evolve, are received, and are interpreted. SCLA students participate in an interdisciplinary collision of ideas in the Humanities. They investigate literature and the languages of the Visual Arts, Music, and Dramatic Arts in the context of dynamic comparability. Such generative encounters provide them with the opportunity to develop fresh insights, explore rich innovative methodological terrains, and interact with new concepts and post-disciplinary ideas.

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  • ITAL/MARS 3P93 D2 Opportunity!

    MARS 3P93 (also offered as ITAL 3P93)

    Dante’s Inferno
    BLD – combination of in-person and online lectures
    Thursdays 8-11 a.m. (D2)
    Dr. Teresa Russo

    Focusing on Dante’s Inferno, students will delve into the world it created and reflected, focusing on the Inferno with references to relevant visual arts (illustrations and adaptations of the Divine Comedy by such as Dore, Rodin, and the Pre-Raphaelites.

    Click here for promotional video featuring Professor Teresa Russo.

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  • Film Club Cine/ma Chat on YouTube!

    The Hispanic and Latin American Studies launched its Film Club Cine/ma Chat in 2022 and is happy to announce the publication of its YouTube channel with its inaugural speakers in 2022-2023.

    For more information contact Dr. Cristina Santos (

    2023-2024 speakers announcement coming soon!

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  • Brock honours legacy of beloved Professor of Spanish, Dr. Juan Amadeo Fernández

    Brock honours legacy of founding faculty member

    The Brock News, July 18, 2023 | by Gillian Minaker


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  • Library Display Case Challenge is Back!

    View the display by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures and win a prize by solving Challenge #1!
    The display cases are located just past the Ask Us desk inside the library and also in the Thistle hallway just outside the library.

    The challenge: Find an image from the collage or an object from the display and write a short text about it. This can be a memory, a mediation, or simply a comment.

    Winners will receive a cash credit on their Brock card. The deadline is Wednesday, March 8 at midnight.

    Submit your response to


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  • **ONLINE DUE TO WEATHER** SCLA Graduate Conference – March 4

    CANCELLED: Face-to-face: Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Room 156

    Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
    Graduate Program in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts (SCLA)

    About process in literature and arts

    Graduate Conference
    Saturday 4 March 2023
    1-5 pm

    Online Zoom Event Link
    CANCELLED: Face-to-face: Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Room 156

    How can we speak about process in literature and the arts? Process involves action(s) and changes taking place over time (creative process, narrativity, etc.) and/or across media (from text to image and vice-versa, process art, photography, etc.). Process leads toward a particular outcome and/or event.

    The objective of the 2023 Graduate Conference in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts is to present and analyze how different authors/artists understand the notion of process and applies it in their work, or how different works process information (for instance, how a landscape or an event is represented, evoked, described, mediatized in specific works). Works studied may be literary texts, visual art, performances, music, installations, interdisciplinary creation, etc.

    Free event!

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  • German Club Book Sale – March 8

    Book Sale by the Brock German Club! 

    When: Wednesday, March 8 from 10:00 – 15:30

    Where: Hallway of MC A, 3rd level (one level above the ground floor)

    What: An eclectic assortment of attractive coffee table books, novels, and non-fiction. The collection includes hardcover and paperbacks on topics such as art and art history, philosophy, history, classics, language, and biographies, as well as some language textbooks.

    All books are in mint condition and offered at irresistible prices! Cash and – if all goes as planned – e-transfers accepted.

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  • HLAS Film Club – March 10

    Hispanic and Latin American Film Club presents:

    “Scratching Old Wounds: Blood, Skin, and Touch in Estiu 1993 (Carla Simón, 1993)”

    by Dr. Fiona Noble, University of Stirling, Scotland

    Fri. March 10, 2023  2:00pm

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    Abstract: Estiu 1993 (2017) is a critically acclaimed Catalan film and the debut feature-length film of director Carla Simón, who drew inspiration from her own childhood in the making of this autobiographical work.

    Set in Barcelona and its rural surroundings in the summer of 1993, the film focuses on 6-year-old Frida (Laia Artigas), who has recently lost both her father and mother to AIDS-related illnesses. Praised for its naturalistic portrait of the child and its eschewal of melodrama, the narrative charts Frida’s navigation of grief, loss, and mortality.

    Looking back upon the early 1990s as a period of ultimately unfulfilled promise, the film articulates the legacy of the hedonistic Transition to democracy through concerns around corporeal fragility. Focusing on blood, skin, and touch, I contend that Estiu 1993 traces a genealogy of risk, infection, and contagion as a means of reflecting on the past and its impact on the present.

    Fiona Noble is a Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Stirling, Scotland. She is the author of Subversive Spanish Cinema: The Politics of Performance (Bloomsbury, 2020) and has also published on migration, childhood, and intercultural lesbian relationships in contemporary Spanish cinema. Her current research encompasses two key strands: 1) a monograph on the work of Spanish sociorealist filmmaker Fernando León de Aranoa, under contract with Manchester University Press; and 2) the investigation of gender and voice in contemporary Spanish cinema and television/streaming. Forthcoming publications include an article and a book chapter analysing gender and voice in series such as La casa de papel [Money Heist] (2017-2021) and Vis a vis [Locked Up] (2015-2019).

    The film Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993) is available via Kanopy for viewing prior to the guest talk.

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