The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2009

Lecture : “After Watchmen

by Professor Rui Zink

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at Noon.
Foster Administration Building, Board of Trustees Room (parking lots 5 & 6)

Professor Rui Zink The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announces a lecture entitled, “After Watchmen” by Professor Rui Zink. The lecture will be in the Foster Administration Building, Board of Trustees Room (parking lots 5 & 6), on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at Noon.

The 1985 Alan Moore’s novel, Watchmen, changed things. People thought there was no going back. They were wrong. Now a major feature film, it is time for a conversation about issues such as: Can the greatest graphic novel of all times become a film? Or will it be lost in translation? What, after all, is Watchmen about? What sort of writing is comics writing? What’s comic about Art Spiegelman’s Maus? What is meant by “Adult graphic novels”? Why so literary? Bonus feature: a powerpoint glimpse at Rei, a Portuguese graphic novel about present day Japan written by Rui Zink. The lecture will be held in English and is co-sponsored by the departments of English and Portuguese.

Rui Zink—Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair Professor in Portuguese Studies and Author-in-Residence in Spring Semester 2009—teaches literature and creative writing at the New University of Lisbon. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the first Portuguese graphic novel, A arte suprema, and a children’s book, The Boy Who Didn’t Like Television (MacAdam/Cage, 2004). His novel Dadiva Divina was awarded Portugal’s prestigious Pen Club Award for 2005. Creative texts and more information about Prof.
Zink are available at http://www.ruizink.com.

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