I suppose I should not have recycled the photocopy of Ruffinelli, Poesía y descolonización. La poesía de Nicolás Guillén. México: Editorial Oasis/Universidad Veracruzana, 1985, 177 págs. Looking at it irritated me no end. But it’s a perfect example of what I am talking about: Guillén is part of his “us” against the US. So he … More Ruffinelli


I wrote this down and I cannot remember when or who gave me these instructions. I did not understand them well at the time, either. In any case, this was in Spanish, not Portuguese. Axé.

Latin Americanism

I have finally ordered Alberto’s book, and we will find out what I think of his story. In the meantime, I never read his whole schtick on Latin Americanism. Perhaps now I shall. It’s The Cultural Practice of Latin Americanism and it’s in three volumes, and it started in Dispositio. There’s an article I’m recycling … More Latin Americanism

Race in Spain–and that language article

It is important to read this article about race. Also, I think I’m going to go to that SCLA conference again and present my paper “Language and the entrepreneurial university,” and see what they think of it. For that, there is this important article from 1989. Language is historically and linguistically conditions; experiences become experiences … More Race in Spain–and that language article

Fernando Coronil

Randomly, I think Bonilla-Silva (‘racism without racists’) can help me with my book. The reason the novels I don’t understand are so incomprehensible around race is that they’re in fact massively racist. My initial reaction was that they were describing a racist environment in massive detail, with some implicit or even direct critique, but not … More Fernando Coronil

Benedito Nunes

I am recycling a file including a photocopy of a typescript of Benedito Nunes, “Antropophagisme et surréalisme,” followed by a French translation with good notes. I think the translation is here and that I could get it from a legitimate source. It was part of a colloquium, “Surréalisme périphérique,” of which there are some other … More Benedito Nunes

Sheet music

In my file reduction effort I recycled some photocopied and and also hand-transcribed and photocopied sheet music. It is just too tattered, and also I can’t play at that level any more–and if I ever can, I will have new music. But this sheet music was part of my old identity, for one thing. For … More Sheet music

Nuevos hispanismos transatlánticos en el siglo XXI

Panhispanism is now a thing. One must look at Laura Scarano, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata – CONICET, and other places. It came up because I was asked to meld the survey courses into one, and/or teach the introduction to Latin American Studies, or something. Something. I’m tired of desperately coming up with courses … More Nuevos hispanismos transatlánticos en el siglo XXI