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Provost Lecture Series: Spanish professor Di Paolo to present March 20


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – An Austin Peay State University Spanish professor will present the next session of the Provost Lecture Series this week at APSU.

Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo, associate professor of Spanish, will present at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 20, in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. The title of his lecture is “Negrótico: Vampires, Zombies and Detectives.” He will discuss the convergence of hardboiled (novela negra in Spanish) and gothic literature. In these texts, terror, horror, fear and crime surface as constant aesthetical components of the narrative.

All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

Di Paolo is an associate professor of Latin American cultural and literary studies. He has published numerous articles in peer-review journals and is the author of three books: Corpses in The Closet: Palimpsestic Detective Fiction in Contemporary Argentine Literature (Teseo, 2011), Apocalyptic and Posthuman Symptoms: Hispanic Hardboiled and Science Fiction of the 21st Century (Pliegos, 2013) and Negrótico (Pliegos, Forthcoming 2014).

Sessions of the Provost Lecture Series can be viewed live at Past lectures are available to view on iTunesU at Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303. To see a schedule of upcoming speakers, visit

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, contact the APSU Office of Academic Affairs at 931-221-7676 or at