Lindsey Aronson ’19, who graduated from Colorado College in December as an English major, has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to Spain. She is one of six Colorado College Fulbright finalists this year.
Fulbright applicants to Spain may request up to three regions, and Aronson’s requested regions — Galicia, Asturias, and La Rioja — are all located in northern Spain. She was assigned to be an English Teaching Assistant in Galicia.
Aronson, of Chicago, Illinois, decided to apply for a Fulbright ETA in Spain because of the deep connection she has with that country. She studied abroad in Granada, Spain, during the fall 2017 semester, and while there encountered the work of Federico García Lorca through a literature course. That led her to create a photographic interpretation of Lorca’s “Impresiones y Paisajes” (“Impressions and Landscapes”) in which she selected sections of prose from his work, then shot, edited, and printed photographs that embodied his words.
Returning to Colorado College, she applied for and received a Keller Venture Grant for her proposed project, “Lorca’s Granada: A Visual Investigation through the Lens of ‘Romancero Gitano’,” which enabled her to return to Granada and expand the photography project she began during her semester abroad.
On her return to Granada, Aronson concentrated on Lorca’s “Romancero Gitano” (“Gypsy Ballads”). Using photographic and textual documentation, her project explored the sense of place in Lorca’s “Romancero Gitano” and consisted of three main components: conducting biographical research on Lorca’s movement through Andalusia, studying “Romancero Gitano,” and creating a photographic assemblage based on the collection of poetry.
The project culminated with the creation of a book of photography and text that bridges literature and visual art. The goal, says Aronson, was to “make this rich, important piece of Spanish literature accessible and of interest to the campus community.”