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Subject: English: Literature & Writing

The Biographies Series: Literature

6 of 51 programs from The Biographies Series, which offer in-depth and personal studies of celebrated people in Literature. (1 program available in Spanish.) Other focus areas in the series include: History; Performing Click for more

Fernando Alegria: Viva Chile M...!

Alegria, Fernando: Viva Chile M...!

"Highly Recommended. A humanistic portrayal of one of the most influential figures from Chile and a key figure in the advancement of Latino culture in the U.S." -National Media Review
'Alegria's 'Viva Chile Mierda,' the most recited poem of the Salvador Allende era, was written in the 1960s, when Alegría was a professor at UC Berkeley; it was also the time of the 'University Without Walls' movement that responded to the call of universal higher education." -Western Institute for Social Research
"Fernando Alegria, mentor to hundreds of literary scholars and authors, was a pioneer in Latin American literature studies; he wrote more than two dozen books, including, 'Allende: A Novel,' a biography of his longtime friend, the former president of Chile, Salvador Allende. He also wrote critical works on the influence of Thomas Mann and Walt Whitman on Latin American literature." -Stanford University News Service
Fernando Alegria grew up in the Independencia barrio of Santiago, Chile. This barrio was filled with the dreams of immigrants from all over the world and gave birth to the lyrical voices of Pablo Neruda, Violeta Parra, Volodia Teitelboim, and gave Alegria not only his voice, but also his indomitable spirit of rebellion and sense of national identity. As an academic, visionary, writer and revolutionary, Alegria brought prestige and legitimacy to the Spanish language. Alegria's works, factual or fictional, capture the spirit of the people and places they depict. His gift of being able to articulate the feelings of a people, in a witty, reflective and lyrically beautiful manner, endeared Alegría to his countrymen and women and earned him recognition from many literary and cultural icons. Produced by Uwe Blesching and Marcia Campos. 2009 SCA 52 min. Also available in Spanish

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