El reino de este mundo

See Ferreira da Silva 179-80 on Prospero and Caliban. Does this apply to the Reino de este mundo? To magical realism? That of course will have to be contrasted to what Coronil says about REM, which he likes. But still, I think this is very interesting. Axé.


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

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

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

Omi and Winant

Typing lifted from Wikipedia, but good choice of quotation: “Becoming a citizen of this society is the process of learning to see race – that is, to ascribe social meanings and qualities to otherwise meaningless biological features. And in turn, race consciousness figures centrally in the building of a collective body of knowledge without which … More Omi and Winant

Lisa Marie Cacho

Social Death. It is in our library! JV6456 .C33 2012 There is a chapter in it, “The violence of value,” on the concept of unpayable debt. REM is another of the books that raises the idea of race and drops it. A form of evoke-and-elide is described at the link above: “Yet, the U.S., to … More Lisa Marie Cacho