Things I found.

Another smart text by Rolando Pérez. This one is about Martí and New York. One Laura Posternak has written the article I said I would, and then gone on to use it as the first chapter of a thesis. I will find as many reviews / discussions / critiques of Sommer as I can, and … More Things I found.

The new outline

I 1. The national novels are disturbing for what they do with incest, race, death [originary violence, romance of origins] 2. They’ve become nat. novels and also, under influence of Jameson & then Sommer, been read as nat. allegories 3. At that point the 1920s/30s national projects, which reflect some letrado discourse from further back … More The new outline

“This thing of darkness” (more for Ferreira da Silva)

I have been working on this whole thing for so long that it is disheartening, but I have to make PROGRESS this time. I am finding so many notes, so many half-done things. Anyway, I am digging it all out.  I will remember that article on Schwarz, the phrase “the most specific feature of Brazilian … More “This thing of darkness” (more for Ferreira da Silva)

De l’or

Very well. First, Robert Irwin 2001 on Anzaldúa — why had I not found this before? (Well, I had, but I had forgotten). He implies exactly what I think: Chicano Studies is US-centric and needs a view from the South (if it is really going to help do Border Studies in a non colonizing way). … More De l’or

The Sommer paper

Titles, notes, and phrases I did not use in the abstract, but must think about, include: 1. Fractured families and dystopian romance in 19th century Latin American narrative 2. Fictional foundations: anti-national non-romance (or anti-national fantasy, colonial rhapsody) 3. Celui n’est pas mon père (yet more fun: Ceci n’est pas mon père) 4. Colonial rhapsody … More The Sommer paper