Friday 5-7: Lisa Cacho discovery and informal writing, that will go to the review essay and also the book proposal. More is needed but this was a kind of breakthrough. Also to note: what Richard did was humiliating. And I explained it to him and he was defensive and egocentric, and said he did not … More Research/writing log this week
I have one and it sits. I have to get rid of paper and activate some energy, and of course I also want to procrastinate on SERVICE by looking at research. So let us see. FERREIRA DA SILVA — her ideas on race can help us read Latin American literature (in part because they are … More A folder full of notes
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
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
Some of my notes (I’ve got to dig up the abstract): On the topic of faculty governance, or shared governance, I’ve noticed the following phenomena as universities have gone to the entrepreneurial or “market” model: no departmental meetings (decisions made by chairs in consultation with administration, or by ad hoc, sometimes secret committees) no departmental … More MLA presentation for AAUP
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 am told to remember that they feel ENTITLEMENT and they want POWER and CONTROL. I am to follow my INSTINCTS about them and keep very strong BOUNDARIES. There are people whose interest is obstruction only. 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.
This is an exact description of what happened to me with my ill-fated Vallejo book. Its ill fate killed me and it took me a long time — seven years, I believe — to understand. If I had understood it then I could have worked on or with the situation. But I did not understand … More Pérez Firmat
Technically, my best student is the one who has made Full at an R1. Really, the best one came from much worse circumstances and with the B.A., now has another promotion in their job. That is the one my lazy, slacking self gave lazy, slacking extra points to so they could graduate and get out. … More Really rebellious