Comparative Literature Luncheon presents lecture by Ericka Beckman

November 07, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ericka Beckman, associate professor of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania, will present “José María Arguedas’ Epics of Expropriation," at 12:15 p.m. Nov. 12, in Room 102 of the Kern Building.

Beckman's research focuses primarily on narratives of capitalist modernity and modernization in 19th- and 20th-century Latin America. Her first book, "Capital Fictions: The Literature of Latin America's Export Age" (Minnesota, 2013), studied how literature represented the incorporation of the region's economies into world commodity markets at the end of the 19th century. Her current project, titled  "Agrarian Questions:  Latin American Literature in the Age of Development," is a study of how the region's literatures, particularly fiction, imagined uneven capitalist transitions in the countryside between the 1920s and the 1960s.

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. – lunch is provided. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit  This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Global Studies.

Last Updated November 08, 2018