The Poetics of Eros: A Tea & Talk with Professor Elena Deanda
Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House
On Wednesday, February 14th, Elena Deanda, Professor of Spanish and Director of the Black Studies program at Washington College, held a Valentine’s day talk on the Poetics of Eros at the Literary House. The event was part of the spring Literary House series, and was free and open to the public. Professor Deanda has studied Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, along with philosophy, religion, and medieval studies. Much of her research focuses on forbidden literature and the emergence of pornography as a sub-genre in the 18th century.
After Dr. Hall’s introduction, Professor Deanda gave a 3-part talk about her research in “porno poetics,” as she calls it. The first part of the talk was about how Deanda came to research the Poetics of Pornography in 18th century Europe, followed by an explanation of the unique topic and how it relates to misrepresentation in modern day pornography. The talk ended with an interactive poll where audience members used clickers to select answers on Professor Deanda’s powerpoint.