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University of Pennsylvania Department of Romance Languages

Works: 41 works in 80 publications in 2 languages and 3,100 library holdings
Genres: Periodicals  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  Academic theses  Literature 
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Classifications: PQ6001, 460.5
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Hispanic review by Pa) University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia( )

in English and held by 2,916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Colonial assemblages : objects, territories, and racialized subjects in pre-independence Latin America (1492-1810) by Raquel Albarrán( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation examines the centrality of objects and material culture in the invention of the New World. Paying heed to understudied connections between historically contingent texts and their transatlantic contexts, it excavates the role of colonial objects in shaping colonial discourse during the first three centuries of Spain's rule in Mexico, Peru, and the Hispanic Caribbean (1492-1810). In order to uncover the "makedness" of colonial racializing schemas, "Colonial Assemblages" traces the emergence of a material discourse invested in the Indian as a trope and a figure that masks the multiple tensions operating simultaneously in colonial representations since at least the 1500s, but that reached new heights during the Hispanic Enlightenment. Chapter 1 studies the emergence of a dialectic, multistable concept and material entity, the New World object, in Christopher Columbus's Diario del primer viaje (c. 1493). The second chapter analyzes representations of colonial gold as a fetish of early modern imperialism and as a foundational materiality of colonial Latin American discourse in texts by Columbus, Hernán Cortés, Bartolomé de Las Casas, and engravings by Theodor De Bry. Chapter 3 argues that the cartographic grid and the space of the traza foreground a discourse of abstraction enacted by colonial objects and commodities that serve to exclude the "ugly Indian" in Bernardo de Balbuena's Grandeza mexicana (1604). The fourth chapter demonstrates how certain objects were linked to Andean and transatlantic notions of space and territoriality, and to the definition of indio and mestizo identities, in the works of Guaman Poma de Ayala and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega respectively. Finally, chapter 5 studies the racial portraits of New Spain as well as historical accounts and treatises by Carlos Sigüenza y Góngora and Antonio de León y Gama to illustrate how material culture becomes a contested site of representation for criollismo. This new focus on the textual and social life of objects charts an alternative path to present critiques of coloniality presuming the homogeneous expansion of lettered culture by further underscoring the conceptual value of material culture as a powerful agent in the dynamic assemblage of colonialism in the New World
Estepicursores : exilios e identidades hispanos en los siglos XIX y XX by Esther María Alarcón Arana( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in Spanish and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Esta tesis busca examinar el exilio y la manera como influye en la identidad individual y nacional. Exploro el modo como el exiliado vive su identidad en documentos narrativos de autores desplazados, originarios de ambas orillas del Océano Atlántico, y correspondientes a los siglos XIX y XX. Mi estudio se centra en las Cartas de España (1822) de José María Blanco White, Sab (1841) de Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Altazor o el viaje en paracaídas, poema en 7 cantos (1931) de Vicente Huidobro y la Correspondencia Ramón J. Sender-Joaquín Maurín (1952-1973). Este estudio se aleja voluntariamente de las habituales interpretaciones que ponen énfasis en la idea de que el destierro destruye al sujeto que sufre la experiencia del exilio. Ofrezco paralelamente una revisión del modelo conceptual de nación-estado que, desde el siglo XIX, impone unas nociones de identidad limitadoras para los sujetos que no se consideran representados en ellas. El marco teórico que me ha ayudado con el análisis de los textos es la "filosofía práctica" de Paul Ricoeur, concretamente sus estudios sobre la identidad narrativa en Sí mismo como otro (1992). Desde este planteamiento, la identidad del sujeto se entiende como algo reflexivo, de modo que mediante un proceso deliberativo el sujeto va creando su identidad. El relato es el espacio donde el sujeto construye su identidad a través del proceso reflexivo e interpretativo, convirtiéndose en la bisagra entre la descripción y la prescripción. En este espacio narrativo se desentraña el ethos como transformación de sí mismo mediante la acción: la responsabilidad ética del individuo se manifiesta en que, la formación de su identidad está orientada a la creación de posibilidades alternativas para crear un mundo habitable. Proponiendo un cambio en la mirada hacia los estudios sobre exilio e identidad, llego a un entendimiento más completo de la experiencia del trasterrado, concluyendo que el exiliado hace una aportación que no queda reducida al simple victimismo
Calvary or catastrophe? French Catholicism's First World War by Arabella L Hobbs( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The battlefield crucifixes that lined the Western Front powerfully connected industrialized warfare with the Christian past. This elision of the bloody corporeality of the crucifixion with the bodily suffering wrought by industrial warfare forged a connection between religious belief and modern reality that lies at the heart of my dissertation. Through the poignancy of Christ's suffering, French Catholics found an explanatory tool for the devastation of the Great War, affirming that the blood of the French dead would soon blossom in rich harvest. This dissertation argues that the story of French Catholicism and the Great War uncovers a complex and often dissonant understanding of the conflict that has become obscured in the uniform narrative of disillusionment and vain sacrifice to emerge in the last century. Considering the thought to emerge from the French renouveau catholique from 1910 up to 1920, I argue that far from symbolizing the modernist era of nihilism, the war in fact created meaning in a world that had lost touch with its God. At the same time, my reasoning is sensitive to the manner in which the application of Catholic dogma to modern war constituted a form of resistance to the encroaching secularization of French society following the separation of the French state and the Catholic Church in 1905. Through a survey of the major authors associated with the French Catholic revival - Ernest Psichari, Francois Mauriac, Léon Bloy, Paul Claudel and Henri Massis to name but a few - this dissertation aims to recover a different account of the war in the French tradition than the now canonical visions of the conflict inspired by the novels of Barbusse, Cendrars and Céline. In particular, this study aims to question why the major players of the French Catholic revival have fallen so dramatically from the canon given the radical nature of their postulations at the beginning of the twentieth century. More broadly, it seeks to probe the persistence of the vision of the Great War held in the collective imaginary, asking why this myth repeatedly rejects alternative narratives of the conflict. In foregrounding the resurgence of faith, I suggest that French Catholicism allows us to climb out of the trenches to see an altogether different war
Graduate student working papers in Romance languages and literatures( )

in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hispanic review : a quarterly journal devoted to research in the Hispanic languages and literatures( )

in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hispanic review fifty-year index (1933-1982) by Paul M Lloyd( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Textos( )

in Spanish and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surrealismo/surrealismos : Latinoamerica y España by Peter G Earle( Book )

in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dilation of the poem (Philippe Jaccottet) by Samuel Martin( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study of the works of Swiss poet Philippe Jaccottet (born in 1925) provides a broad overview of his writing, from his first published poems in the early 1940s to his most recent volume of prose in 2015, and illustrates the various ways in which it emblematizes what could be called a poetics of dilation. My first chapter considers the influence on Jaccottet of the German poet Novalis, who at the turn of the 19th century had envisioned what he called die erweiterte Poësie ("expanded poetry"); via Jean-Christophe Bailly's recent reflections on la poésie élargie (an adjective that can mean both "expanded" and "liberated"), I in turn derive the notion of dilated poetry, the polysemy of which term is especially suggestive where Jaccottet is concerned. On a formal level, past and present English definitions of dilation account both for the expansion of Jaccottet's early poème-discours and the dispersal of the later poèmes-instants as well as of the fragments gathered in the notebooks of La semaison. The second and third chapters further probe poetic experience: the former reexamines Jaccottet's relationship to images and visibility (the dilation of the poem's eye), while the latter explores the multivalent motif of blood that runs throughout his writing (the dilation of the poem's veins). I set out to show that the poet's encounter with the world is lived first of all as an interdiction, a temporary loss for words before the seemingly inexpressible, and is then brought into language as an entrediction that traces a path between silence and eloquence, music and speech, poet and reader
Entre el caribe y la cubanidad : hacia una crítica cultural interregional by Javier Sampedro( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in Spanish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation proposes a comparative approach to Caribbean cultures as a self-defined constellation of diverse artistic and philosophical traditions in dialogue with one another. Through a specific critique of the Cuban discourse around national identity or cubanidad, through the works of local intellectuals and artists--Fernando Ortiz, Alejo Carpentier, Nicolás Guillén, Virgilio Piñera and Tomás G. Alea--this thesis argues that the image of the Caribbean that emerges from these voices, far from being a thematic motif or merely a historical and geographical landscape, is a projection of nationhood which challenges the imaginary boundaries of the island. This revised understanding of cubanidad shares core aspects with the idea of Caribbeanness as a position of enunciation, as illustrated in the works of major Caribbean intellectuals and writers outside the Hispanic milieu. By focusing on the intricate relationship between Cuba and the non-Hispanic insular Caribbean, the main objective of this investigation is to bring a comparative, transregional perspective to the study and criticism of the archipielago as a cultural and philosophical continuum, without rejecting the properly individual value of the national projects and nationalistic expressions
Approaching the witness : narratives of trauma in Sub-Saharan Francophone African literature and film by George S MacLeod( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cathy Caruth and Shoshana Felman's pioneering work in trauma theory provided innovative critical frameworks for reading textual and filmic responses to mass violence. Yet trauma theory is rarely applied to African cultural production, despite the recent explosion of novels, memoir, and film from Sub-Saharan Francophone Africa grappling with civil war and genocide. In close analyses of child soldier novels, Rwandan genocide survivor memoirs, and Francophone African films, this dissertation effects such a theoretical rapprochement while simultaneously probing the limits of trauma theory's assumptions concerning speech, temporality, and political representation. The first chapter, entitled "Giving Voice to the Icon: The Child Witness to Violence in Francophone African Fiction," rereads Ivorian author Ahmadou Kourouma's child soldier novel Allah n'est pas obligé (2000) arguing that Kourouma creates a "language of trauma," which reveals how discourses of collective suffering risk limiting our understanding of violence's psychological impact on individuals. The second chapter, "Listening to the Limit: Reading Paratext in Francophone African Trauma Memoirs," redeploys Gérard Genette's formulation of the "paratext" to read Rwandan Tutsi survivor Esther Mujawayo's memoir SurVivantes (2011). I argue that the multiple introductions to SurVivantes function as a form of hospitality, inviting the reader to become a part of a virtual community of supportive listeners. The third chapter, "Hierarchies of Witnessing: Pan-African Celebrity and the Marginalization of Survivor Testimony," investigates why Tutsi survivor memoirs have received so little attention from scholars. Using Rwandan survivor Vénuste Kayimahe's 2001 memoir France-Rwanda: Les coulisses du génocide (2001) as a case study, I argue that the marginalization of Rwandan survivor testimonies bears troubling similarities to survivor's difficulties being heard in the real world. The fourth chapter, "African Trauma On (and Off) Screen: Temporality and Violence in Francophone African Cinema," argues that in leaving graphic scenes of subjective violence off-screen, African filmmakers actively bear witness to the insidious long-term effects of events such as the Rwandan genocide or the daily reality of occupation under radical jihadist groups in Northern Mali as seen Abderrahmane Sissako's 2014 film Timbuktu
Hispanic review( Book )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mario Bellatin : el giro hacia el procedimiento y la literatura como proyecto by Andrea Cote( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in Spanish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation studies the work of Latin-American writer Mario Bellatin as a paradigmatic example of a tendency in contemporary literature that I called the procedural turn. This notion comprehends a manifestation in the art of the last three decades where artists exhibit the creative process as an artistic product in itself while engaging in the design of alternative practices that challenge the limits between artistic fields and disciplines. Through the analysis of a corpus of selected books and performances by Mario Bellatin, I explore the procedural turn that manifests in his work; particularly through the poetics of literature as a project, where individual books are seen as unfinished manifestations of a wider performance. I study his works vis-a-vis other contemporary Latin American writers and representatives of twentieth century European avant-garde. I establish a dialogue between Bellatin's proposal and an artistic tradition that critically approaches material culture of literary products as well as notions of authorship and artistic community. I finally argue that Bellatin's poetic of procedures involves, ultimately, a notion of literary language as a generator not of discourses but of experiences
Geographies of exile and the making of French nationhood in the nineteenth century by Lisa R Bromberg( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation analyzes space, geography, and political discourse in the exilic works of Napoleon I, Victor Hugo, Louise Michel, Alfred Dreyfus, and Émile Zola to show how, through their constructions of island space and the Revolutionary legacy, their outcast voices paradoxically shaped the development of mainstream Frenchness
¿Hacemos una peli? : Negrablanca y los entornos de un cine hecho en comunidad by Helena Fernández de Llanos( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in Spanish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

¿Hacemos una peli? es un proyecto de cine comunitario que desarrollé en un área rural del sur de España durante nueve meses. Para realizarlo invité a compañeros profesionales del sector audiovisual y a cualquier persona del pueblo que quisiera participar. Su resultado fílmico es NegraBlanca, un largometraje de 90 minutos que experimenta con las formas de contar a partir del ensamblaje de diversas historias inventadas o recordadas por los participantes en el proyecto. Mi disertación investiga las posibilidades de un modelo de producción cinematográfica con base en la participación de las personas no profesionales, elaborada por Cine Sin Autor, un colectivo cinematográfico de producción teórica y práctica. A partir del estudio, la realización práctica y la descripción detallada de un caso concreto, exploro las potencias de un cine hecho en comunidad con el objetivo de trabajar por un cambio en el contrato social que establecemos con la cultura. ¿Qué pasa cuando un pequeño grupo de jóvenes cineastas llega a un pueblo y propone a sus habitantes participar en la creación de una película en "pie de igualdad?", ¿cómo negociamos y gestionamos la representación colectiva?, ¿qué relatos emergen de la colectividad?
El baile de los que sobran: literatura y negatividad en el Caribe hispano by Lina Maria Martinez Hernandez( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in Spanish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation challenges conciliatory views of Caribbean identity and epistemology by highlighting a series of texts and authors that question celebratory approaches to racial and sexual difference. I argue that negative relationality constitutes and epistemological and aesthetic alternative to reevaluate hegemonic representations of the Caribbean, one that dwells on antagonism, excesses, and exceptions that constitute the underside of an exceptional and affirmative view of the region. To do so, I understand negativity as a three-fold approach: a philosophical critique of stable identity and totality; a claim for the autonomous production of aesthetic discourses and its sovereign intervention in the public sphere; and an emphasis on the corporeal as the embodiment of psychic and social incoherence and disobedience. This approach allows me to focus on authors and artists from Colombia, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic that not only question identity as a discursive construct, but also through the ways in which the (re)mediation of these discourses into literary, audiovisual, and artistic forms opens up spaces to think about alternative modes of relation with racial and sexual difference
Uncertain boundaries dispositive techniques in Prévost's novels by Benjamin Hillel Baker( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This thesis examines the relationship between part and whole in novels by Antoine François Prévost to question the modern assumption that prototypical novelistic narrative structure and dispositive structure (chapters, books, volumes, parts, installments, etc.) share the same points of articulation. In Prévost's day, the combination of the unpredictable rhythm of publication in installments and the ever-present possibility of continuation made it difficult for authors and readers to identify a novel's definitive conclusion. This uncertainty led to tension between a novel's concrete parts and its imagined narrative whole, and that tension created what I have termed a segmentary esthetic that stands in contrast to both the more regularly serialized novels of the nineteenth century and to more recent single-installment novels. To support these hypotheses, I first investigate schemas of interaction between dispositive structure and narrative structure in Prévost's novels that differ from modern formal expectations: pseudoworks (works-within-works) and narrative units that cross dispositive boundaries in the Mémoires d'un homme de qualité and the Voyages de Robert Lade, and interrupted publication and unauthorized continuation in Cleveland and Mémoires d'un honnête homme. I then identify similar interactions in two of Prévost's more formally modern novels La Jeunesse du Commandeur and Histoire d'une Grecque moderne. This study shows that unstable boundaries can be compatible with compositional sophistication, and outlines a new method of analysis that can be applied to narrative fiction from other periods and in other media
La insólita tropicalidad de la poesía argentina : Enrique Molina, Néstor Perlongher y Washington Cucurto by Giselle Román-Medina( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in Spanish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation, La insólita tropicalidad de la poesía argentina, identifies the ways in which major contemporary Argentine poets articulate what I call a poetics of tropicality, anchored in tropes largely present in Caribbean and Brazilian aesthetics. In it, I draw a critical framework that goes beyond the disciplinary boundaries that define North/South cultural and political relations. Specifically, I foreground the mobilization of exotic tropes in Argentina, which has historically built its national identity in contrast to the tropics in its desire to present the nation as part of the Global North. I argue that Enrique Molina, Néstor Perlongher, and Washington Cucurto reshaped the traditional meaning of tropicality, a fundamentally foreign concept to Argentina, as a means of articulating an intra-Latin American poetics that includes national subjectivities underrepresented through traditional Eurocentric channels. I examine mainly poetry--the privileged art form for such tropes--but also prose and anthropology. Through this corpus, I demonstrate that the natural properties attributed to the tropics from scientific, medical and philosophical discourses can ironically function as highly movable artifacts capable of challenging stereotypes based on geographical determinism. This poetics of tropicality--a multisensory material and intellectual experience--provides a model for rethinking Latin American diversity: not as the appearance of a radical other, but as an encounter between subtle differences
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