Afro-Hispanic Poems of Freedom in Early Modern Spain

September 28, 2017 - 1:00pm

“The Afro-Hispanic proverb or refrain, Black but Human, encodes the painful, ambivalent but ultimately inhuman experience suffered by slaves and exslaves in imperial Spain. There is convincing documentary evidence that the word ‘black’ was popularly used as a marker of the inferior social condition of enslaved Africans in the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon, and that it designated a diversity of ethnic backgrounds that included groups of people with a range of arbitrary and contradictory colour classifications…”

Join Carmen Fracchia as she explores the ways in which the Black but Human topos is deployed in the recently discovered black carols (villancicos de negros), written in “black speech’ (habla negresca), in a mixture of Castilian and a variety of African languages. 

Location and Address

144 Cathedral of Learning

Reception following, 2:00 pm, Croghan-Schenley Ballroom, 156 CL