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Organised by the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

This evening event presents a performance of an extract from Terrorismo Emocional by Uruguayan dramatist Josefina Trías and performed by the playwright who will join us from Uruguay for the event.
It will be followed by a dramatized reading of the same extract in English in a new translation by
Sophie Stevensdirected by Fran Olivares.

In Terrorismo Emocional (Emotional Intelligence), the protagonist Clara, a Spanish teacher in her early thirties, has recently separated from her partner. When she returns to live with her parents, she seeks to make sense of her experience and her identity in the only way that she knows how to: through a process of creative writing. Written over four seasons, the play is a funny, frank and moving insight into the intertwined processes of writing and defining one’s identity in a world of body-shaming, activism/slacktivism and social media. Clara asks: what happens if we manipulate language so that our identity is imagined and formed through our art?

The author will perform the reading in Spanish; she has performed the play throughout Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. The play has received prestigious awards from the National Arts Institute and Ministry of Education and Culture in Uruguay. The English will be performed by a UK-based professional actor and directed by London-based  Chilean theatre director Fran Olivares who has extensive experience of directing new translations. A dialogue between author and translator will follow the readings,chaired by literary translator Rosalind Harvey.

The event will be followed by a reception.

This event is supported by funding from the University of London Convocation Fund and the John Coffin Trust Fund.

To register for this evening reading taking place in-person at Senate House, London please click on the 'Book now' button at the top of the page. 

There will be a related symposium 'Feminist Translation in Practice' taking place earlier in the day from 13:30 - 17:45. For further information and to register to attend the symposium please visit the webpage here

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