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.
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
Literature now isn’t just post-national, it’s national and post-national at once. (I read this in Hispamérica). The AEIOU strategy (IWW): agitate, educate, inoculate, organize, unionize. Unionization comes last not first, and the organizers are workers, not staffers for big unions. I learned more things, too. Axé.
In 2008, a high school friend of my father’s who was living in Paris, sent him the Le Monde obituary of Milton Wolff, author of Another Hill. Wolff had just died in Berkeley. The following year Robert Colodny, another Lincoln Brigade veteran Wolff surely knew, and who had rented a room from my grandmother during … More Milton Wolff
Photocopy purge of the day, doing it and not looking back: a whole binder full of hard-won photocopies from the 1990s, before JSTOR, including LPM, Paradoxes of literary nationalism in Latin America. It seemed so key to me then but I can recite the arguments now, do not need the book. Politics: Tulane’s library is … More Leyla Perrone-Moisés
El reino de este mundo will be the first and oldest text. Everything else will be short, but interesting, from a different country. That is the foundation, and everything else is later; I should do something actually Afro-Latin to go with REM. Other texts I am thinking about having, for narrative, are Pedro Páramo, Crónica … More Spanish American Literature in Translation? Or Latin American? Including Brazil, or not?
I read a Marxist-type analysis of Lorca. He has fascist elements. The article is good and so is its bibiliography. And there is a documentary about Berkeley I must see. Axé.
Places of Mind is the new biography of Saïd I would like to read. Axé.
The current issue is on Hispanism. On another topic, I am looking for a 1951/52 article in it by Monguió, on the “crematística” of the 19th century novel. On poetry, there’s Malva Flores, “el ocaso de los poetas intelectuales,” on strategies of legitimation of poetry. Axé.