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Mark D. Anderson. Disaster Writing: The Cultural Politics Of Catastrophe In Latin America. Charlottesville: U Of Virginia P, 2011. 241 Pp., Nicasio Urbina Jan 2014

Mark D. Anderson. Disaster Writing: The Cultural Politics Of Catastrophe In Latin America. Charlottesville: U Of Virginia P, 2011. 241 Pp., Nicasio Urbina

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Review of Mark D. Anderson. Disaster Writing: The Cultural Politics of Catastrophe in Latin America. Charlottesville: U of Virgina P, 2011. 241 pp.


Joshua Lund. The Mestizo State: Reading Race In Modern Mexico. Minneapolis: U Of Minnesota P, 2012. Xx + 217 Pp., Miguel Ángel González-Abellás Jan 2014

Joshua Lund. The Mestizo State: Reading Race In Modern Mexico. Minneapolis: U Of Minnesota P, 2012. Xx + 217 Pp., Miguel Ángel González-Abellás

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Joshua Lund. The Mestizo State: Reading Race in Modern Mexico. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2012. xx + 217 pp.


Self And Stuff: Accumulation In Francophone Literature And Art, Natalie Edwards, Amy L. Hubbell Jan 2014

Self And Stuff: Accumulation In Francophone Literature And Art, Natalie Edwards, Amy L. Hubbell

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Introduction.


What Will The New Generation Generate? Gendering Accumulation In Fatou Diome’S Celles Qui Attendent, Christopher Hogarth Jan 2014

What Will The New Generation Generate? Gendering Accumulation In Fatou Diome’S Celles Qui Attendent, Christopher Hogarth

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In this paper I focus on the penultimate installment of the oeuvre of the much-celebrated Franco-Senegalese writer Fatou Diome, whose largely autobiographical work has garnered a wide following and a lucrative contract with the Flammarion publishing house. I propose that Diome’s 2010 novel Celles qui attendent strongly contributes to a discourse surrounding the roles of males and females in an African economy increasingly dominated by migration. Diome started as a writer who portrayed the empowered role of the female migrant, who is able to accumulate financial capital in Europe and send it back to Africa in order for males ...


Aspiration, Consumer Culture, And Individualism In Les Belles-Sœurs, Julie Robert Jan 2014

Aspiration, Consumer Culture, And Individualism In Les Belles-Sœurs, Julie Robert

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The premise of Michel Tremblay’s revolutionary 1968 play, Les Belles-Sœurs, is a working bee. A group of working-class women gather to paste a million trading stamps, won in a sweepstakes, into booklets that once full can be redeemed for household goods. As the guests surreptitiously pilfer what they see as their hostess’s underserved windfall, their actions problematize the links between the individualistic aspects of consumer and material culture and the communal values they share as members of Quebec’s working class.

Taking consumer culture and material desire as a starting point, this essay considers the relationship between the ...


A Beautiful Grave: Innocent Objects, Museums, And The Modern Self In Driss Chraïbi's La Civilisation, Ma Mère!... And The Ben M'Sik Community Museum, Katarzyna Pieprzak Jan 2014

A Beautiful Grave: Innocent Objects, Museums, And The Modern Self In Driss Chraïbi's La Civilisation, Ma Mère!... And The Ben M'Sik Community Museum, Katarzyna Pieprzak

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Two-thirds through Driss Chraïbi’s 1972 novel La Civilisation, ma Mère!...Mother Comes of Age’ about an un-named Moroccan woman and her path to modernity, the Mother makes a powerful statement that innocent objects from her past deserve a beautiful tomb and preservation from ridicule. In this article, I discuss the idea of innocent objects – innocent in terms of unknowing, and innocent in juridical terms as absolved from guilt in a crime and undeserving of punishment – in relationship to the Mother’s tomb and the 2006 Casablanca Ben M’Sik Community Museum (BMCM). Both the novel and the museum house ...


Nina Bouraoui’S Nos Baisers Sont Des Adieux: Ekphrasis And The Accumulation Of Memories, Anna Rocca Jan 2014

Nina Bouraoui’S Nos Baisers Sont Des Adieux: Ekphrasis And The Accumulation Of Memories, Anna Rocca

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This article aims to explore the function of the image and the purpose of the works of art in Franco-Algerian author Nina Bouraoui’s Nos baisers sont des adieux (2010). Similar to a scrapbook with short descriptions of people, places, and objects, the book itself does not contain any visual representations. In spite of this lack, the image—the latter intended as mental or physical picture that reproduces reality—is a central theme throughout the work. Because visual art is described and interpreted but not shown, I argue that, by means of ékphrasis, the word-image dialogue further enables the narrator ...


Accumulated Testimony: Layering French Girls’ Diaries On The Algerian Exodus, Amy L. Hubbell Jan 2014

Accumulated Testimony: Layering French Girls’ Diaries On The Algerian Exodus, Amy L. Hubbell

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In 1997, French-Algerian author Leïla Sebbar published an illustrated children’s book, J’étais enfant en Algérie, juin 1962 (‘I was a child in Algeria, June 1962’) in which she creates the fictional account of a young girl from the interior of Algeria leaving her home during the great exodus of the French just prior to Algerian independence. Using the genre of diary writing, Sebbar’s text reads as testimonial of fleeing their country for a homeland they do not know. Although this text is intimate, Sebbar relies on accumulated scraps of collective experience that, when joined to her own ...


Dirk Van Hulle. Modern Manuscripts: The Extended Mind And Creative Undoing From Darwin To Beckett And Beyond. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. Xiii + 271 Pp., Anna E. Hiller Jan 2014

Dirk Van Hulle. Modern Manuscripts: The Extended Mind And Creative Undoing From Darwin To Beckett And Beyond. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. Xiii + 271 Pp., Anna E. Hiller

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Review of Dirk van Hulle. Modern Manuscripts: The Extended Mind and Creative Undoing from Darwin to Beckett and Beyond. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. xiii + 271 pp.


Nil Santiáñez. Topographies Of Fascism. Habitus, Space, And Writing In Twentieth Century Spain. Toronto: U Of Toronto P, 2013. Xiii + 411 Pp., Salvador Oropesa Jan 2014

Nil Santiáñez. Topographies Of Fascism. Habitus, Space, And Writing In Twentieth Century Spain. Toronto: U Of Toronto P, 2013. Xiii + 411 Pp., Salvador Oropesa

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Nil Santiáñez. Topographies of Fascism. Habitus, Space, and Writing in Twentieth Century Spain. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2013. xiii + 411 pp.


Anke Biendarra. Germans Going Global: Contemporary Literature And Cultural Globalization. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2012. X + 244 Pp., Gabriele Eichmanns Maier Jan 2014

Anke Biendarra. Germans Going Global: Contemporary Literature And Cultural Globalization. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2012. X + 244 Pp., Gabriele Eichmanns Maier

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Review of Anke Biendarra. Germans Going Global: Contemporary Literature and Cultural Globalization. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 2012. x + 244 pp.


Taking Stock: Marie Nimier’S Textual Cabinet Of Curiosities, Adrienne Angelo Jan 2014

Taking Stock: Marie Nimier’S Textual Cabinet Of Curiosities, Adrienne Angelo

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In many life-writing projects, the seemingly innocuous description of heteroclite objects and how those objects are stored and recalled in fact plays an important role in demonstrating their importance to the process of memory work. At once the lingering traces of one’s past and also an aggregation of stories evoked by an examination of them, these curios focus attention on the relationship between the individual and the storage of memories. This article will focus on certain collectibles, collections and collectors that appear throughout the fictional, autobiographical and autofictional world that Marie Nimier has scripted to date. This textual cabinet ...


Migration And Metamorphosis In Marie Ndiaye's Trois Femmes Puissantes, Deborah B. Gaensbauer Jan 2014

Migration And Metamorphosis In Marie Ndiaye's Trois Femmes Puissantes, Deborah B. Gaensbauer

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In her 2009 Goncourt-Prize-winning novel, Trois femmes puissantes (Three Strong Women), Marie Ndiaye experiments with a polyphonic, semi-fantastical rendering of identity-threatening displacements experienced by three women from different socio-geographic backgrounds. In a brief "Counterpoint" at the end of each of the novel's three sections--a narrative take on the musical technique employed by Ndiaye to introduce new focalizations and unexpected turns of events that complicate interpretations of the characters' behavior--each of the women is perceived as metamorphosed into a bird or a birdlike persona. This essay examines the innovative embedding of the shape-shifts in Trois femmes puissantes in both harrowing ...


Névine El Nossery And Anna Rocca, Eds. Frictions Et Devenirs Dans Les Écritures Migrantes Au Féminin: Enracinements Et Renégociations. Sarrebruck: Editions Universitaires Européens, 2011. 258 Pp., Natalie Edwards Jan 2014

Névine El Nossery And Anna Rocca, Eds. Frictions Et Devenirs Dans Les Écritures Migrantes Au Féminin: Enracinements Et Renégociations. Sarrebruck: Editions Universitaires Européens, 2011. 258 Pp., Natalie Edwards

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Review of Névine El Nossery and Anna Rocca, eds. Frictions et devenirs dans les écritures migrantes au féminin: enracinements et renégociations. Sarrebruck: Editions Universitaires Européens, 2011. 258 pp.


Hernán Díaz. Borges, Between History And Eternity. London/New York: Continuum, 2012. 208 Pp, Daniel Altamiranda Jan 2014

Hernán Díaz. Borges, Between History And Eternity. London/New York: Continuum, 2012. 208 Pp, Daniel Altamiranda

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Review of Hernán Díaz. Borges, between History and Eternity. London/New York: Continuum, 2012. 208 pp.


A Significant Source For The Madeleine And Other Major Episodes In Combray: Proust's Intertextual Use Of Pierre Loti's My Brother Yves, Richard M. Berrong Jan 2014

A Significant Source For The Madeleine And Other Major Episodes In Combray: Proust's Intertextual Use Of Pierre Loti's My Brother Yves, Richard M. Berrong

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The most famous passage in Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, and one of the most famous passages in Western literature, is the moment when the narrator sips tea while eating a shell-shaped pastry called a madeleine and suddenly recalls very vividly an apparently long-forgotten scene from his childhood. From this episode Proust developed his theories about involuntary memory and its important role in our emotional welfare.

Proust was an avid reader of the French novelist Pierre Loti when he was young. Contemporary accounts show that he was able to recite whole passages from Loti’s work in ...


Eugene Onegin The Cold War Monument: How Edmund Wilson Quarreled With Vladimir Nabokov, Tim Conley Jan 2014

Eugene Onegin The Cold War Monument: How Edmund Wilson Quarreled With Vladimir Nabokov, Tim Conley

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The tale of how Edmund Wilson quarreled with Vladimir Nabokov over the latter’s 1964 translation of Eugene Onegin can be instructively read as a politically charged event, specifically a “high culture” allegory of the Cold War. Dissemination of anti-Communist ideals (often in liberal and literary guises) was the mandate of the Congress for Cultural Freedom, whose funding and editorial initiatives included the publication of both pre-Revolution Russian literature and, more notoriously, the journal Encounter (1953-1990), where Nabokov’s fiery “Reply” to Wilson appeared. This essay outlines the propaganda value of the Onegin debate within and to Cold War mythology.


Complicating Eroticism And The Male Gaze: Feminism And Georges Bataille’S Story Of The Eye, Chris Vanderwees Jan 2014

Complicating Eroticism And The Male Gaze: Feminism And Georges Bataille’S Story Of The Eye, Chris Vanderwees

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This article explores the relationship between feminist criticism and Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye. Much of the critical work on Bataille assimilates his psychosocial theories in Erotism with the manifestation of those theories in his fiction without acknowledging potential contradictions between the two bodies of work. The conflation of important distinctions between representations of sex and death in Story of the Eye and the writings of Erotism forecloses the possibility of reading Bataille’s novel as a critique of gender relations. This article unravels some of the distinctions between Erotism and Story of the Eye in order to ...


Milo Sweedler. The Dismembered Community: Bataille, Blanchot, Leiris, And The Remains Of Laure. Newark: U Of Delaware P, 2009. 214 Pp., Jeff Fort Jan 2014

Milo Sweedler. The Dismembered Community: Bataille, Blanchot, Leiris, And The Remains Of Laure. Newark: U Of Delaware P, 2009. 214 Pp., Jeff Fort

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Review of Milo Sweedler. The Dismembered Community: Bataille, Blanchot, Leiris, and the Remains of Laure. Newark: U of Delaware P, 2009. 214 pp.


Larson Powell. The Technological Unconscious In German Modernist Literature: Nature In Rilke, Benn, Brecht, And Döblin. Rochester: Camden House, 2008. 256 Pp., Christa Spreizer Jan 2014

Larson Powell. The Technological Unconscious In German Modernist Literature: Nature In Rilke, Benn, Brecht, And Döblin. Rochester: Camden House, 2008. 256 Pp., Christa Spreizer

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Review of Larson Powell. The Technological Unconscious in German Modernist Literature: Nature in Rilke, Benn, Brecht, and Döblin. Rochester: Camden House, 2008. 256 pp.


Yasco Horsman. Theaters Of Justice: Judging, Staging, And Working Through In Arendt, Brecht, And Delbo. Stanford Up, 2010. 232 Pp., Peter Yang Jan 2014

Yasco Horsman. Theaters Of Justice: Judging, Staging, And Working Through In Arendt, Brecht, And Delbo. Stanford Up, 2010. 232 Pp., Peter Yang

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Review of Yasco Horsman. Theaters of Justice: Judging, Staging, and Working Through in Arendt, Brecht, and Delbo. Stanford UP, 2010. 232 pp.


The Disembodied Subject: Resistance To Norms Of Hegemonic Identity Construction In Carmen Naranjo’S Diario De Una Multitud, Regan Boxwell Jun 2013

The Disembodied Subject: Resistance To Norms Of Hegemonic Identity Construction In Carmen Naranjo’S Diario De Una Multitud, Regan Boxwell

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Costa Rica, whose civil war ended in 1948, represents a distinct literary space in which problematics of subjectivity were debated long before such dialectics appeared overtly in the rest of the isthmus. Carmen Naranjo’s novel Diario de una multitud (1974) is situated in this context, and her novel demonstrates a preoccupation with the heterogeneity of tico identity.

Naranjo favors a collective representation of the urban citizenry. Through the perceptual liminality of the individual subject, the friction generated by its absence, the constant blurring that resets the boundaries of specific identities, and the disappearance of the private realm, Naranjo avoids ...


From Epicentros To Fault Lines: Rewriting Central America From The Diaspora, Maritza Cárdenas Jun 2013

From Epicentros To Fault Lines: Rewriting Central America From The Diaspora, Maritza Cárdenas

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This essay examines how representations from the Central American diaspora rewrite the Central American imaginary. It focuses on the ways EpiCentroAmerica—a poetry collective who view themselves as Central American, but reject a single unifying vision of home by seeing themselves as part of a transregional and transnational community—challenge traditional configurations of Central America(n). This reinscription of the signifier Central America is best exemplified in the work of Salvadoran-American poet Marlon Morales, whose poem “Centroamérica is,” avoids suturing Central America with traditional nationalist geological images of volcanoes and the isthmus, in favor of constructing Central America as an ...


Cultural Transgressions In Omar S. Castañeda’S Remembering To Say ‘Mouth’ Or ‘Face’, Alicia Ivonne Estrada Jun 2013

Cultural Transgressions In Omar S. Castañeda’S Remembering To Say ‘Mouth’ Or ‘Face’, Alicia Ivonne Estrada

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This study examines the ways Omar S. Castañeda’s Remembering to Say ‘Mouth’ or ‘Face’ (1993) deconstructs national and hyphenated identities. It argues that rooting these short stories within the Popol Wuj’s narrative structure allows for the construction of different historical references and cultural genealogies, which are not solely based on national identities or histories. This is evident in the second section entitled “Crossing the Border,” which blends myths from the Popol Wuj with the characters, contemporary historical contexts in the United States and Guatemala. At the same time, the stories illustrate the protagonists’ multiple displacements, but also their ...


Maurice Echeverría’S Labios: A Disenchanted Story About Lesbians In Guatemala’S Postwar Reality, Yajaira M. Padilla Jun 2013

Maurice Echeverría’S Labios: A Disenchanted Story About Lesbians In Guatemala’S Postwar Reality, Yajaira M. Padilla

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In the last two decades, lesbian, gay, and queer literary studies have gained significant ground in the broader field of Latin American cultural studies. Within this growing body of critical work, however, the Central American region and its literature have been largely ignored. This article, which focuses on the representation of lesbians and queer desire in the Guatemalan novel Labios (2004) ‘Lips’ by Maurice Echeverría, seeks to contribute to such a lack in Central American perspective. This essay contends, Echeverría’s text, one of a growing number of recent Central American narratives to call attention to and portray gay, lesbian ...


Centroamericanidades: Imaginative Reformulation And New Configurations Of Central Americanness, Arturo Arias Jun 2013

Centroamericanidades: Imaginative Reformulation And New Configurations Of Central Americanness, Arturo Arias

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The principal question posed in this special issue is: Where is Central America? At a primary level this would appear to be a simple geographical question, even if it were to offer a topology of a qualitatively distinct world…


Centering Panama In Global Modernity: The Search For National Identity And The Imagining Of The Orient In Rogelio Sinán’S “Sin Novedad En Shanghai”, Junyoung Verónica Kim Jun 2013

Centering Panama In Global Modernity: The Search For National Identity And The Imagining Of The Orient In Rogelio Sinán’S “Sin Novedad En Shanghai”, Junyoung Verónica Kim

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Since its independence from Colombia in 1903 backed by the United States government, which resulted in a treaty that granted the US free rein to build, administer and control what would be known as the Panama Canal, Panama’s quest for modern nationhood has been severely called into question. More often than not it is posited as an artificial state with little organic unity and limited sovereignty: a state that is literally made in the USA. Panamanian intellectuals, such as Rogelio Sinán, responded to these discourses on the Panamanian nation-state by actively constructing a Panamanian national identity, and by calling ...


The Boo Of Viramontes’S Cafe: Retelling Ghost Stories, Central American Representing Social Death, Karina Oliva Alvarado Jun 2013

The Boo Of Viramontes’S Cafe: Retelling Ghost Stories, Central American Representing Social Death, Karina Oliva Alvarado

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Chicana author Helena María Viramontes’s culturally complex “The Cariboo Cafe,” renders a contemporaneous example of social death in the lives of undocumented migrants. Sociologist Orlando Patterson bases “social death” on the “profound natal alienation of the slave” (38) that once cut off from a past and future, promulgates the slave’s desocialization and depersonalization: systems also at play with undocumented Central American immigrants. While Patterson refers to an overt and systemized economic exploitation of a people, the concept remains relevant to this analysis, though symbolic. It examines a three-fold negation through the representational experiences of undocumented immigration, gender, and ...


Diasporic Reparations: Repairing The Social Imaginaries Of Central America In The Twenty-First Century, Ana Patricia Rodríguez Jun 2013

Diasporic Reparations: Repairing The Social Imaginaries Of Central America In The Twenty-First Century, Ana Patricia Rodríguez

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Contemporary Central American diasporic writers like Horacio Castellanos Moya, Francisco Goldman, Héctor Tobar, and Marcos McPeek Villatoro, in Senselessness (2008), The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop? (2007), The Tattooed Soldier (1998), and the Romilia Chacón detective series, write in response to various forms of violence. They grapple with the image of Central America as a site of unsustainable violence, inhospitable material conditions, and unresolved historical issues that extend into the lives of Central Americans in the United States. The past is not easily dismissed, but lies at the core of transnational Central American subject formation. This essay ...


Central American Enunciations From Us Zones Of Indifference, Or The Sentences Of Coloniality, Oriel María Siu Jun 2013

Central American Enunciations From Us Zones Of Indifference, Or The Sentences Of Coloniality, Oriel María Siu

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This essay explores Central American diasporic experiences in the US as sites for the continued exertion and reproduction of coloniality. A longstanding matrix of power transgressing all forms of borders and permeating all aspects of life—an irreversible and transgressive disease—coloniality operates so forcefully that it upholds its own survival. In the process, we live its plural incongruity and even extend its most contemptuous signs. Surveying a series of narrative texts produced from within the Central American diaspora in cities like Los Angeles and New York—Roberto Quesada’s Big Banana, Oscar René Benitez’s Inmortales, Hector Tobar’s ...