I’m going to Tulane and I will read this old book by Sara Castro-Klarén. Everyone was interested in the Latin American subject back then, and Borges is much better at thinking about these things than people give him credit for. I will find out what I was thinking, what I might have thought. I would … More Escritura, sujeto y transgresión
This post has to do with the magical realism piece, and in it is a link to a very nice piece on Morel–a novel(la) I will read and teach. Axé.
But there will be a longer version. Magical Realism The resolution of contradiction, or the apparent conciliation of dissonant epistemologies, that we know as magical realism has been celebrated, especially in the English-speaking world, as a decolonizing strategy that affirms realities beyond Western knowledge. In the Hispanic world and among Hispanists, on the other hand, … More CUT from the magical realism piece
In the course I am calling my “Bolshevik mega-class” we are reading Susan Sontag, “Against Interpretation.” This is good for Vallejo, and for my alleged paper that criticizes the biographical interpretations of him. Lorca, Borges, Vallejo, there is so much to work on. Axé.
I have to teach the modern Peninsular survey and I am redesigning it entirely. This isn’t exactly what I am doing now but I’d like to do it again, keep working on this. One could start with Unamuno, Niebla. I am starting with the vanguardia: the idea of the new, and the Peter Bürger idea … More My Bolshevik megaclass
This book is actually about subject theory and it will, I hope, help me figure out what I think about Vallejo and magical realism. Or not–but I will know. Axé.
Who is this person and what have they written? This is their syllabus, and I want to take the course. Axé.
Read all about it, in this interview and this discussion. Points for my papers: Da Silva: postcolonialism and decoloniality reify Europe. This is my problem with her. Magical realism: what the postcolonialists see in it (the representation of views of colonizer and colonized at once, as though there were only two elements) fits Latin America … More The Radical Spanish Empire: Petitions and the Creation of the New World
Jean Franco has a 1989 article in a volume on the new historicism edited by one H. Aram Veeser, on the nation as imagined community. In it she discusses the impossibility of construction of the modern Latin American state. I must read it. Axé.
In addition to everything else, I must do AAUP business, but what I am doing is writing a piece about magical realism for my own pleasure and instruction. I read an old article by Cornejo Polar about migrant subjects and realized: THAT is also Vallejo’s kind of voice, speaking from everywhere (and not from a … More Vallejo, the migrant
I must also, before I fly, in addition to FU prize promotion: * do a manuscript review for RI* order books on my grant* talk to: Emily, Tom, and Amálio on the three other projects. I will do these things while also working on the magic realism and doing more university e-mail, and I will … More Things I will do