R103 | Fernando Arrabal | Peter Podol

Thursdays -
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Four Sessions -
6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18
In-person at Berkshire Community College
Limit: 24

One of the world’s most often performed living playwrights, Fernando Arrabal of Spain, was a finalist for the Nobel prize in literature. He is also a novelist, essayist, filmmaker, poet, painter and chess authority. He has worked with such well-known actors as Mickey Rooney and Lawrence Olivier. He finds inspiration in his traumatic life, including his imprisonment in Franco’s jails. His works are avant-garde in nature, often shocking, and certainly controversial.

In this course we will see his finest, and perhaps most graphic, film (Viva La Muerte) and interviews with him and will read his most important play (The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria). Dr. Podol has housed Arrabal, staged several of his plays and acquired material from him including a poem inspired by a painting by the French artist Jean Miotte. He continues to correspond with Arrabal, who at age 91, has just published another novel.

Peter Podol earned his Ph.D.in Spanish Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and taught for over forty years in universities in Pennsylvania. He is the author of two books, contributed chapters in six others, wrote over sixty journal articles and presented numerous papers at academic conferences. He has also been an invited speaker at universities in both Spain, the University of Oviedo among others, and the US.

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