Vicente Sotto Lecture 2023 September

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“Rediscovering Hermogenes M. Cantago: A Modernist Voice in Cebuano Literature”
Dr. Bea Martinez-Lastimosa

Dr. Lastimosa’s lecture will focus on Hermogenes M. Cantago, a prolific writer of Cebuano literature from the 1950s to the 1980s, who published over 40 short stories and several serialized novels. Although he was a well-known writer in his time, he has since slipped into obscurity. When Dr. Lastimosa discovered Cantago in the dusty pages of old Bisaya publications, a keen observer pointed out to her the unmistakable ‘modernist’ undertones within his short stories. In her presentation, Dr. Lastimosa will aim to delve into his short stories from the 1950s, approaching them through the lens of modernism. Specifically, she will examine the themes of time’s inexorable passage, change, and the pervasive sense of disillusionment, loss, and futility that permeates his narratives.

Date: September 29, 2023

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Category: Vicente Sotto Lecture Series