‘Self Portrait as Fiction’ lecture Thursday at college

CLINTON — Marta Segarra, professor of French literature and gender studies at the University of Barcelona, will present a lecture titled "Self-portrait as Fiction: Histories of Women Artists" Thursday at 8 p.m., in room 101 in the Kirner-Johnson Building at Hamilton College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Segarra is the UNESCO chair for women, development and cultures, and serves as director of the women and literature center at the University of Barcelona. In 2009, Segarra received the Catalan government’s Icrea Academia award in recognition of her research achievements.

Segarra has published several books and edited collections on women’s literature, feminist critique and literary theory and French contemporary literature. Her recent books include Traces du désir (Traces of Desire, 2008) and Nouvelles romancières francophones du Maghreb (New French-speaking novelists of the Maghreb, 2010). Segarra edited the collection Comunidades (Communities) earlier this year and The Portable Cixous in 2010.

She is also the general editor of the peer-reviewed series Mujeres y culturas (Women and Cultures) published by Icaria and the journal Expressions Maghrébine.