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This course shows how many of his short stories, essays and poems are embedded in and have contributed to the Latin American and Argentine literary traditions. Once one of the richest and fastest growing economies in the world, Argentina is now entrenched in the rankings of the less developed countries. Nevertheless, in the last decade it has grown at a fast pace, one that was hard to predict in the days of the crisis.

That a country that was viewed as a pariah, effectively shut out of the international financial markets, could recover from its worst crisis, is the topic of recent academic and political discussions. In the current world crisis scenario, Argentina can thus serve as a case study of sorts. This course focuses on national identity in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela resulting from political and social change. Students are encouraged to understand the political systems and parties in each country from a historical perspective.

Present-day social actors and protest movements are similarly contextualized within ongoing struggles between the state and various forces in society. The course also considers collective memories of the repression inflicted by successive military dictatorships in some of these countries and the role of citizenship and institutions in contemporary democracies. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the historical and cultural complexities of Argentina.

The course deals with the international economic relations between the Latin American countries and other geo-economic spaces, i. Although all the regions will be taken into account, a special stress will be put not only in the cases of the economic relations with the E. The analysis will be complemented with selected case studies on: Knowledge and Information, Technology Transfer and the Role of Multinational Companies.

Finally, we will discuss: the present Global Crisis; the Role of G; and an Agenda for the 21st century. The course explores distinctive cultural aspects of Latin America by looking at the ways it has been represented in readings spanning from the diaries written by Christopher Columbus to the texts of the Cuban Revolution, the iconography of Peronismo, or the recent debates on Neoliberalism, Globalization and Populism.

Drawing on essays, but also on short-stories, paintings, photographs, and films, the course addresses a set of questions that lie at the heart of how one thinks about Latin America. When tango was born in Buenos Aires, in the second half of the 19th century, Argentina was undergoing profound changes. With the arrival of millions of immigrants, the shape of the city and its society began an intense process of modernization. Acclaimed in Paris and New York, tango became a symbol for Argentina and its new ways of thinking about sexuality, gender and class relations. This course treats tango as a cultural artifact that condenses many of the key debates about the relationships between popular culture and society.

Through the study of tango lyrics, plays, films, novels and other cultural productions, this course proposes a critical analysis of theoretical problems such as national identity, gender studies and the consumption of culture in a global era. The course combines lectures with seminar-style classes encouraging discussion and participation. Students will also have to visit different places in the city of Buenos Aires that are clearly linked to the history of tango. El curso pretende despertar la curiosidad personal hacia el arte, promoviendo la apertura de ventanas al mundo de la sensibilidad.

La figura del lector nos invita a jugar con el adentro y el afuera del texto. Cada lector, cada lectora —en su tiempo y su espacio, en su circunstancia personal concreta— construye su propia lectura. La lectura no es algo que se ingiere.

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Se lee para escapar de lo cotidiano. Se trabajan fragmentos acerca de los conflictos en argentina entre peronismo, militares y sociedad civil donde se discute el rol de la literatura con la memoria nacional. Para finalizar, se consideran los nuevos circuitos de la literatura y su impacto en las nuevas formas de leer tradiciones. Sobresalen las figuras de Domingo F. Sarmiento y Juan B. Students taking this course will learn the basics of tango, specific steps, turns, and figures e.

Students will learn how to place and extend their legs elegantly, transfer their weight, keep their balance while moving, pivot and embellish their dancing. The dancing classes will be complemented with theory classes presenting the historical and social contexts in which tango developed: its origins as a low life dance in the late 19th century; its growing respectability in the s with Carlos Gardel, who popularized the music abroad in Hollywood films; the Golden Age of tango , and its current global phase.

Students are also introduced to tango as concert music. They will listen to a selection of composers such as Francisco Canaro, Anibal Troilo, Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla, who incorporated elements of jazz and classical music. Students will analyse lyrics and become familiar with their lunfardo slang. Literary translations, as well as editions, are excluded.

The endowment of this award is Euros. Best Edited Volume: This award seeks to recognize outstanding edited collections of articles published in or in book form. Best Journal Article: This award is intended to honor original research articles published in or in a specialized research journal of international scope and high impact rate. For this particular type of award, all the articles appearing in REN since the last SAAS conference a biennial period will be considered, unless otherwise stated by the authors; therefore, authors do not need to send copies to the committee.

Only one item across all categories can be submitted by each member. Works previously submitted for other awards are excluded. Following the SAAS board's agreement, the composition of the jury will not be made public. The jury's decision, which is unappealable, will be made public during the members' general assembly at the biennial conference. Within the last fifty years, in what looks as one more attempt to fix and understand reality and life, western and globalized societies have been progressively abandoning the strong ideological confrontation of the old paradigms of religion vs.

In the last few decades the newly built paradigms of posthumanity and trauma clash against each other, but also fuse together to bring about new conditions of being that manifest in a multiplicity of cyborgs, virtual entities, victims, perpetrators, witnesses or victims-turned-perpetrators, as manifestations that define the present human plight and condition. These ideological perspectives are understood, among others, by some contemporary American fiction writers as new traps to enslave and commodify being with the help of the mass media but also of cultural manifestations that contribute to the present privileged position of the two new paradigms.

This panel seeks contributors interested in evaluating the current negotiation of trauma and posthumanity in the present understanding of the post human being as perceived or denounced by contemporary American fiction writers. Culture has been a channel for the promotion of that mythical West but also, and paradoxically, an artistic way to facilitate revisionist depictions and approaches to the American West. In that tense dialogue, nature and landscapes play a significant role as does the human representation of certain individualistic myths that have permeated communal and self-identities in American culture.

In this panel we welcome proposals in which music becomes a frame for a wide variety of other themes associated with the revision of myths that have defined American identity. Thus, we will consider proposals that pay attention to lyrics as a literary genre, but we will also welcome essays with other approaches to music and its interactions with literature and culture at large: soundtracks, business, cultural impact, musicology, documentaries, folklore This panel welcomes papers that seek to analyze the following topics but not restricted to these.

After her, in the s Gianni Versace produced the draping effect through a subtle use of cutting and, with the sophisticated employment of golden safety pins, strategically exposed the skin of his models. Poets concern themselves with nature and with every state of the human heart and mind, body and language.

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Poetic vision exposes every aspect of the human condition, and lies at the root of our definition of selfhood, nature, culture and civilization. Imitation, in turn, leads to poetry about nature, and much of poetry is about humanity which uses nature as a pretext for the investigation of the depth and scope of being; in essence, the human spirit and experience.

In the absence of At times mistaken, the allegorical findings are at others ecstatic, and take the place of rival projections, such as those of evangelism. This panel proposes the study of Dickinson and her peers in light of such projections, or through other conceptual frameworks that interpret human nature. Nevertheless, on a closer look at plays by US women playwrights that deal with the theme of war, one discovers that women can also have more active roles, roles which can either support or reject traditional female natures.

Which new The key aim of this panel is to understand how boundaries are constructed, destructed and deconstructed within discourses of gender and ethnicity, and how social actors are maintaining or subverting these boundaries. On the one hand, as a consequence of the new research fields in the Social and Human Sciences, and mainly Cultural Studies, gender, sexuality and feminism are being re-examined. On the other, the revalorisation of ethnic difference since the New Millennium has put in the forefront the need of understanding culture, society and ethnicity by exploring the relation of global and local processes.

In this context, we can consider, for instance, the election of the first African American President and its contribution towards the revalorisation of African American heritage. This panel would also appeal to trans-disciplinary perspectives to the discourses on gender and ethnicity, analysing the impact of these fields of study in the Academic Community. Social boundaries and racial hierarchization, African American and indigenous feminist approaches, Power relations and processes of inclusion and exclusion, and The contribution of Social Movements to subvert boundaries.

Alonso uv. From bullfighting to baiting, and from sacrificial rituals to dog shows, the universal character of such spaces upon which speciecist assumptions operate reveal the cultural constructs that associate certain activities to gender expectations and stereotypes. Within the American and posthuman context, scholars such as Cary Wolfe, Donna Haraway and Marjorie Garber have explored how national sentiment and gender identity can be negotiated through the signifiers associated to animal behavior and performativity. How is the interspecies barrier challenged through such performances?

How does the exploration of such a barrier redefine human nature and Americanness? How do American animal celebrities from Lassie to Mr. Ed contribute to the forging of certain gender expectations? Remembering has become a crucial issue as evidenced by the proliferation of commemorative events, memorabilia, publications of memories, autobiographies and historical novels. The importance of remembering the past is unquestionable, but the process of remembering inevitably brings in itself its opposite: forgetting. As such, cultural amnesia perpetuates the presence of hegemonic narratives.

However, there are several types of amnesia: some ways to silence memories are external and others are internal. For instance, political or socio-economical erasures of archival information, which destroy the access to the past are external. This panel aims to focus on the nature of amnesia in a personal and collective way. To that extent, this panel is open to papers that analyze memory losses from different perspectives: political, historical, cultural, psychoanalytical, from the perspective of cultural gerontology, medical humanities, etc.

The aim of the panel is to explore the different ways amnesia works in the contemporary world, and how authors, texts and cultural products enact the tension between remembering and forgetting.

In other words, we are interested in exploring the role of amnesia in a world obsessed with remembering. But human nature is always already 'emplaced', spatially, geographically, culturally, psychologically, ideologically, and so on. The space we call nature is itself only perceptible and conceivable through the emplacing perspective of the human, the view that makes of that space a place for the human.

In a culture such as that of the United States, where space in both its literal dimensions and its metaphorical projections has had a determining role in the delimiting of a specific sense of American identity, human nature is both constituted and questioned in its relationship to space. Conversely, space would seem to be produced in response to politicallymotivated conceptions of what a specifically American notion of humanity is.

As production, to borrow from Henri Lefebvre, space transcends its merely physical or geographic bounds, especially in our transnational, globalized and networked moment. How do these new 'spaces' affect the very notion and constitution of 'human nature'? Does a transnational, globalized humanity break away from a localized space; space as place? Or does it redefine the relation between space and place in unsuspected ways, in accord with American anticipations of this very process in its history of imperial expansion and, now, techno-capitalist globalization?

Does it still make sense to think of American selfhood s as occupying a privileged, 'exceptional' position in this revaluation of the human?

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What 'spaces', American and otherwise, are now the privileged sites for imagining American human nature? What spaces impede this recognition? What sort of space - generic, stylistic or conceptual - does American writing itself provide for this process? American selfhood as place Spatial identities in nature and beyond Space, nature and the inhuman Lost in space: human nature in a world without place s Human nature in transnational and global space Beyond human nature: exceptionalist American identities Emplaced vs displaced notions of human nature American space and human nature Other spaces and the posthuman Producing space, producing selves Textual space and human place.

This is the common ground for all living things. The paradoxical need to both overcome and embrace the wide-open spaces of the landscape represents the undertones of the American desire to create self-made parameters of identity. Nature is an illuminative and uncontrollable force that enables selfdiscovery. In the American canon, nature contributes to the creation of an identity, while diasporic, ethnic, and minority literature tend more to present characters who understand the power that nature, the environment, and the landscape have in explaining the self. In the context of crossing physical, social, and political boundaries, nature gives place to the dis-placed and translates a silenced, oppressed, or confused voice into a tangible discourse.

In the struggle to communicate the realities of the migrant, the minority, or the marginalized, nature serves as a metaphor for human emotion and experience that transcends the limitations of imagined boundaries, empowers the acceptance of self and, in turn, allows for individual freedom. This subjugation has led ecofeminists to argue that women and nature share the same history of oppression by men Gaard The works of Annie Proulx and Gretel Ehrlich, just to mention a couple of examples, depict this counter-discourse to the traditional rhetoric of masculine self-affirmation through the exploitation of nature.

Indeed, their heroes no longer exalt and pursue hypermasculinity but rather try to find a balance between masculine and feminine qualities while embracing caring and nurturing attitudes towards the environment. This panel seeks to further explore this new relationship between the American male and nature, and the challenges it poses to our times of economic, ideological and spiritual crisis. What kind of impact can ecomasculinity have in our globalized neoliberal capitalist world?

What about gender relationships? Throughout U. There have been encouraging and welcoming attitudes towards immigrants, but also legal limits to reduce immigration and discriminatory legislation against these groups. Racists, xenophobes, anti-Catholics and anti-Semites have tried to preserve the Protestant and Anglo-Saxon proportion of the population. The long suffering and restless fight of discriminated groups throughout generations have been reflected in a large variety of writings from biographies, archives, speeches, correspondence, essays, etc.

From slaves to contemporary politicians, American oral and written culture has provided relevant testimonies that portray expectations in a harsh historical context.


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We welcome papers which base their analysis on the struggle for the recognition of the human status of marginalized citizens. We especially look for proposals which focus on the visibility of these communities and on their artistic, cultural and historical representations. As historians and literary critics have acknowledged, Thoreau was deeply engaged with the most important social debates of his day: slavery, mass consumer culture, individualism, the American Dream, living on the frontier, the emergence of consumerism, the importance of economy, the role of government and the ecological mind.

In his masterpiece Walden or, Life in the Woods, H. Thoreau recommends the American people to understand their human nature through a radical individualism based on self-exploration, self-discovery and self-emancipation. Finally, his visionary depiction of the homo ecologicus foreshadows, in a prophetic way, the environmentalist currents of the late twentieth and twentieth-first centuries. This panel welcomes papers which address and discuss H.

Plants and animals were seen as kindred spirits that needed to be respected. It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being and we therefore yield to our animal neighbours the same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land. Concepts such as those of private property and intensive use of natural resources were very much unknown among the Natives and they caused profound changes in their way of life that were to have some catastrophic consequences for many tribes. However, it should also be admitted that American Indians were not always conservation-oriented and earth-wise as they also contributed to the deforestation of certain areas of the continent and greedily competed for some of the natural resources.

This fact only comes to show that they were human, after all, like the rest of us. This panel intends to tackle issues regarding the relationship between human beings and nature as they are represented in the recent writings of Native American authors. Panel participants are invited to deal with the ways in which these creatures are viewed by human beings, and how they themselves, in turn, view humanity and relate to it within the different utopian or dystopian societies presented in written or filmic texts.

Finally, another central issue may concentrate on how robots and aliens are employed as metaphors for categories of humans who have, at diverse moments in history, been excluded or marginalized from full humanity: workers, slaves, women, children, or ethnic and racial minorities. His seven volumes on memory begin when he bites into the madeleine cakes dipped in tea. Suddenly he is swept back into the past of his childhood and a We are interested in examining this link between food and memory in relation to Native American cultures, especially in contemporary writing fiction, poetry, autobiography, cookbooks, etc.

Although not usually recognized as distinctive because of its association with the reservation system and the systematic destruction of traditional practices, Native American culinary culture includes many varied and rich dishes that were once natural and in close relationship to the environment but have now been assimilated into and adapted by the cuisine of the United States. On the other hand, food is a strong presence in contemporary Native American literature, which abounds in references to nature, feasts and myths related to eating.

How do food memories add to contemporary critical debates on Native American studies? Paul Giles and Richard Gravil, among others, have studied the continuities and gaps in British and American cultures that brought about the transformation of both countries during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This may be easily observed in the rise of the Gothic novel in America, for instance. It is commonly accepted that the representation of human nature offers a wide field of research in the investigation of the similarities, borrowings or challenges in both cultures.

These fear tactics have been stoked by demagogues and politicians and, since the end of World War II, by a mainstream media owned by the military-industrial-congressional complex that General and President Eisenhower in exposed as the number one threat to the American populace. This nation cannot be understood without recourse to the potent image of humans in relationship with nature whether this is based on harmony or exploitation.

Due to this, among other factors, the United States has built a tradition of environmental literature whose beginning is typically associated with H. Such tradition has evolved over the years in response to the demands of a developing world where human survival is more and more jeopardized by the boundaries imposed by a decaying Having this in mind, this panel invites papers willing to analyze how literature has contributed to the creation and development of the myth of a green America at the forefront of the environmental movement.

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This is done in the hope of assessing whether literary works have responded to and inspired change in America in the wake of environmental crisis. Nalerio ncf. In light of these ideas, this panel explores the ways in which the right to life is questioned in American cultural products.

Thinkers like Agamben, Bauman, Butler and Feher, have advanced challenging ideas of the human treated less humanely in modern-times. The U. Moreover, these women writers have critically challenged the racist and sexist component of dominant ideologies of race, gender and sexuality that have denied full humanity to black women. In so doing, they have also formulated other possibilities to inhabit black female bodies that also claim for a new understanding of what being human entails, an expanded notion of subjectivity that needs to be incorporated as part of a new epistemology of human nature in the twentieth-first century.

His main field of research is the so-called ethnic American literatures, which he approaches from a comparative perspective, focusing on interethnic cutural analysis, as well as on transnational perspectives. Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos is an international scholarly peer-reviewed English-language journal which publishes papers and reviews on diverse aspects of U. Studies, mainly literary, cultural, historical, artistic or critical, and which has been instrumental in furthering research and publication in American Studies since The journal, published annually by the University of Seville and financed by the Spanish Association for American Studies, welcomes papers from scholars whose research meets the scientific criteria established by the journal and summarized in the Guidelines included at the end of each volume.

Contributions should follow the formal instructions for submission also included in the Guidelines for Authors, and will be anonymously evaluated by two different advisors according to the criteria specified in the Guidelines for Referees.

A third expert may be consulted if advisable. The deadline for submission is July 31st, Correspondence should be addressed to: ren us. Poet, writer and filmmaker Paul Auster is one of the great contributors to American postmodern literature. Vertigo —this critical study explores the intertextual relationship between Auster's work and the oeuvre of French writer and critic Maurice Blanchot.

The author explores Auster's work as a fictionalization of Blanchot's concept of inspiration and the construction of imaginary space. The book provides a historical account of the mainstream representations of Arab masculinities in the United States, using them as a contrast to the realities experienced by Arab men in the American diaspora. The first chapters concern the field of discourse analysis. Two discuss the written work of female scientists in the Late Modern Era and their role in society. In the following section on literature, the contributors question the current heteronormative and androcentric ways of reading texts.

The works on culture study contemporary genres, such as video games, video clips, and pieces of news, and take readers away from Europe. Instead of looking at old age as a concluding chapter they read it as a continuous unfolding of personal growth. The authors revisit visual and textual narratives where the past is returned to in order to create a future through traces; that is, visible and permanent signs with a more resistant nature than our transitory activities. In , Palomares commemorates 50 years as the most radioactive town in Europe. So why do so few people outside Spain know about it?

As this photobook demonstrates, the cover-up and whitewash were figurative, also literal. Despite agri-cultural collapse and an exodus that cut the population in half, people have bounced back, ever resilient. Farmers still till the land, children go to school, while on the outskirts of town, a rural sex industry has emerged, including naturist ho-tels and residential communities, a nudist beach with gay cruising ground, and a small strip of eateries, drag venues, gay bars, and heterosexual swingers clubs. In the nuclear age, on the Palomares disaster semicentennial, marginalized peoples continue to adopt the most marginal lands.

This book brings together twelve essays published between and Its second section contains three essays that examine some of the branches from this main line in Sarah Orne Jewett, William S. Burroughs and Thomas Pynchon, and Timothy Steele. And the third section offers three essays on the contemporary English poet, Richard Berengarten, whose work is read as a prime expression of the continuing presence of romantic thinking in the 21st century. The aim of this collection is not so much to trace a linear series of causal influences, but a deeper general current of concepts and attitudes that underpin our culture and contribute to the way we formulate our images of what we are.

This book includes a collection of essays on the poetry of Thomas Merton , one of the most relevant spiritual masters of the twentieth century. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are. Como resultado, defensores y detractores coinciden en que su huella literaria es ya insoslayable.

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Los Cuadernillos 7 y 8, que componen esta entrega, incluyen un total de cuarenta poemas escritos en El cuerpo funciona como memoria articulando la ausencia de forma tangible. Revista de dones i textualitat wants to be an invitation to think about the political construction of Europe through the reflections, contributions and questions of contemporary female thinkers. Under the title Thinking with Women Philosophers: Europe as Conflict, this dossier seeks to deepen into the questions that arise at a time of crisis, violence and vulnerability, when political action seems to suffer from a sort of paralysis in face of the deep transformations that are shaping new living and working conditions and which have a profound impact on citizenship.

The dossier welcomes contributions that focus on the writings of women philosophers on these issues in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, in an attempt to contribute, through their analysis, to a reflection on the present. Regionalism has long been a contested label. Notwithstanding the varieties of its cultural manifestations—from regionalist schools of painting or music, regionalist cuisines or touristic attractions to literary sketches and novels, in France, Scotland, Germany or the United-States—, the emergence of regionalism has been consistently articulated to the rise and consolidation of nation-states.

Recent criticism, however, invites us to envisage regionalism both beneath and beyond the scale of the nation and to take into account not only the coevalness of regionalist productions within one single country e. A European rescaling of our analysis is therefore required. But it is insufficient. Reading the literature of the Celtic periphery of England together with that of the newly emancipated American colonies, she proposes, invites us to read regionalist production as a critique of imperial normativity. Shields, however, does not include continental European regionalisms in her study.

In view of such renewed interest in the scales of analysis of regionalist studies, this special issue of Romantisme intends to reconsider American and European regionalisms in the context of the second globalization , the era of empires and the age of imperialism. Recent historiography has put a lesser emphasis on the differences between the British maritime empire and the continental empire born out of the Napoleonic conquests. Regionalism has yet to find its place in this new construction. What does it mean to remap regionalist studies at the level of empires understood as a political and cultural form that systematically challenges scales of belonging?

Concomitantly with the rise of empires, this issue would like to consider a central vector of globalization in the long nineteenth-century, imperialism. In sum, this issue of Romantisme invites the submission of abstracts that examine forms of regionalisms literature, music, painting, architecture, gastronomy, tourism, language… beyond the framework of the construction of the nation-state. Close-reading of regionalist texts or artifacts in a comparative perspective is encouraged though not required.

Preference will be given to proposals that attempt to revisit regionalism in relation to the history of the construction of empire and the rise of a global imperialist episteme. They will be peer-reviewed before publication. Publication is scheduled for Spring Selective bibliography of secondary sources: Ammons, Elizabeth.

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