Instituto Cervantes I Benengeli 2022

 May 25, 2022


Fri Jun 10 2022 at 06:00 pm Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60654, EE. UU., Chicago, United States


Instituto Cervantes in Chicago is proud to announce that it will be part of the worldwide literary festival Benengeli 2022 which will take place from 6th to the 10th of June in the five continents with more than 40 Spanish English and French writers offering their reflections on the theme of realism.

 The Instituto Cervantes in Spain as part of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working on a worldwide literary festival that promotes Spanish literature Benengeli 2022 the International Week of Spanish Literature. Benengeli 2022 will be jointly hosted at the centres of Instituto Cervantes in Chicago (North America) Toulouse (Europe) Casablanca (Africa) New Delhi (Asia) and Sydney (Australia). The central theme of Benengeli 2022 is realism.

 Benengeli 2022 closing event at the Instituto Cervantes in Chicago on June 10th at 6 pm with the Miguel Gomes conversing with Frederick de Armas about narrative fictions in the 21st century and the weight that realistic aesthetics. Rocío Ferreira will act as moderator of this remarkable event.

 Miguel Gomes is a storyteller born in Caracas in 1964. He studied at the University of Coimbra in Portugal and at the Central University of Venezuela. He later obtained a doctorate at Stony Brook University in New York. Since 1989 he has lived in the United States where he works as a graduate professor at the University of Connecticut. Among his titles are the novels Llévame esta noche Retrato de un caballero and Ante el jurado; books of short stories La cueva de Altamira Un fantasma portugués and Julieta en su castillo; and volumes of criticism and essays El pozo de las palabras Los géneros literarios en Hispanoamérica and La realidad y el valor estético: configuraciones del poder en el ensayo hispanoamericano.

Frederick de Armas received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina. He has published novels El abra de Yamurí and Sinfonía Salvaje as well as several critical essays including “El retorno de Astrea: Astrología mito e imperio en Calderón” “La astrología en el teatro clásico europeo” and “Cervantes' Architectures: The Danger Outside.” He has served as president of the Cervantes Society of America and the International Association Siglo de Oro (AISO). He currently holds the Andrew W. Mellon Chair at the University of Chicago.

Rocío Ferreira

Rocío Ferreira is Associate Professor of Latin American literature culture and cinema and Chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. She earned a doctorate in Latin American literature and in Women’s Gender and Sexualities Studies from the University of California Berkeley. She specializes in nineteenth-century and contemporary literary and visual culture written by women. Her areas of research are foundational narratives and journalism of the 19th century war literature (XIX-XXI) and contemporary issues related to the configurations of memory in literature culture and cinema. She has participated in numerous international congresses has published critical articles in specialized books and scholarly journals and critical editions in addition to her monograph De las Veladas literarias a la Cocina ecléctica: mujeres cultura y nación en el Perú decimonónico. She is currently writing a new book on women writing on the Peruvian internal armed conflict entitled Las mujeres disparan: Imágenes y poéticas de la violencia política (1980-2000) en la cultura literaria y visual peruana contemporánea.

 Voices of great aesthetic power such as those of Piedad Bonnet (Colombia) Katya Adaui (Peru) Magela Baudoin (Bolivia) Carlos Cortés Zúñiga (Costa Rica); Selva Almada (Argentina) Rodrigo Blanco Calderón (Venezuela) Evelio Rosero (Colombia) Fernanda Trías (Uruguay) Vicente Luis Mora (Spain) Mayra Santos Febres (Puerto Rico) Carlos Franz (Chile) Ronaldo Menéndez (Cuba) Pedro Crenes (Panama) Antonio José Ponte (Cuba) Santiago Gil (Spain) and Jacinta Escudos (El Salvador) will present the elements that constitute the axis of their work and the relationship of love distance or rejection that each one of them experiences in front of the realistic discourse that seems to define a good part of the universal narrative of this moment of the 21st century.

Outstanding narrators such as Valeria Correa Fiz (Argentina) David Toscana (Mexico) and Spaniards Juana Salabert Daniel Gascón Bárbara Mingo Costales and José Ovejero will talk about their most recent books; titles that constitute a living landscape on the fictional recreation that marks current times.

Impossible to forget the presence of the Lima writer Fernando Iwasaki who will offer small spoken portraits on the play with reality that authors belonging to various traditions and territories and who have adopted or maintained Spanish as their artistic language make. We will thus get to know the work of Siu Kam Wen Fabio Morabito Ioana Gruia Kalman Barsy and Mónika Zgustova.

As the dialogue between diverse literary traditions is one of the main attempts of Benengeli 2022 the activities will also include the presence of writers such as Lydie Salvayre (France); Ken Bugul (Senegal) Andrew Pippos (Australia) Félix Calviño (Spain/Australia) and Geetanjali Shree (India).

Benengeli 2022 an initiative of the Cervantes Institute whose curator is writer Nicolas Melini has the support of institutions and cultural entities from Buenos Aires Lima La Paz Bogota Caracas San Jose de Costa Rica San Juan de Puerto Rico Panama City Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Santa Cruz de La Palma Seville and Madrid.

Between June 6 and 10 in addition to the on-site activities in each of the five cities of Benengeli 2022 the virtual programming of this festival will be available through the Instituto Cervantes in in Sydney New Delhi Toulouse Dakar and Chicago You Tube channels the Podcast channel of the Cervantes Institute and through the following link: As mentioned at the beginning of this information the content will be available not only in Spanish but also in dubbed or subtitled versions in English.