RESEARCH

Dr. Cipria
Dr. Corbalán
Dr. Schnepf
Dr. Toledo
Dr. Janiga-Perkins
Dr. Villagomez
 

DR. CIPRIA

RESEARCH INTERESTS


Theoretical and applied issues of tense, aspect and aktionsart (Spanish and English)
Teaching methodology
Spanish/English contrasts
Translation
Contact of Spanish with other languages

PUBLICATIONS

Cipria, Alicia. 2007. “Language loyalty and self-esteem 250 years after first migration: Volga German Communities in Entre Ríos, Argentina.”
Southern Journal of Linguistics 31.1:1-19.

Cipria, Alicia. 2004. “The Inchoative Interpretation of the Imperfecto.”
In Selected Papers from the 33rd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Cipria, Alicia. 2003. “Spanish perception verbs and sequence of tenses:
aktionsart effects” in Rafael Nuñez Cedeño, Luis López and Richard Cameron (eds.). A Romance Perspective on Language Knowledge and Use.
Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Cipria, Alicia. “Tensed Complements of Perception Verbs: Issues in their Temporal Interpretation”. To appear in Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach (ed.) 2002, From Words to Discourse. Trends in Spanish Semantics and Pragmatics. Oxford/NY: Elsevier.

Cipria, Alicia and Craige Roberts. 2001. “A Situation Semantics approach to the analysis of two Spanish tenses”. Natural Language Semantics 8, 4.
(get pre-publication version at http://semanticsarchive.net)

Cipria, Alicia. June 2001. “Language and Identity in Literary Translation”. ATA Chronicle, Volume XXX.6.

 

 

DR. CORBALÁN

RESEARCH INTERESTS

20th-21st Spanish Literature and Culture, Film, Visual Arts, Women Writers, Cultural Studies, Transnational approaches to Literature and Gender Studies.

PUBLICATIONS

Book:

El cuerpo transgresor en la narrativa española contemporánea. Ediciones Libertarias, Madrid, Spain. March 2009.

Articles:

“Dificultad ante una alternativa familiar en Todo sobre mi madre de Almodóvar: ¿Subversión o regresión?” Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies 6 (Spring 2009)

“Reconstrucción del pasado histórico: Nostalgia reflexiva en Cuéntame cómo pasó.”
Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies. Accepted March 2008.

“Cuestionando la tradición patriarcal: La narrativa breve de Peri Rossi como
desafío ante la institución familiar” Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana. 37.2 (2008): 3-15.

“Reivindicación de la maternidad en la narrativa contemporánea: Ambivalencias en
Tiempo de espera de Carmen Riera y Un milagro en equilibrio de Lucía Etxebarria.” La Nueva Literatura Hispánica 12 (2008): 31-54.

“Subculturas jóvenes posmodernas: Historias del Kronen como medio de escape y
Resistencia.” Siglo XXI, Literatura y cultura españolas 5 (2007)

“Contradicciones inherentes a Las edades de Lulú: Entre la transgresión y la represión.” Letras Femeninas 32.2 (2006): 57-80.

“Otredad e hibridez cultural: Peel my Love Like an Onion de Ana Castillo y Salsa, de Clara Obligado.” Confluencia: Revista Hispánica de Cultura y Literatura 21.2 (2006): 71-83.

“Entre la aversión y el deseo: Aproximación a la mirada del otro en las páginas de Don Quijote.” Letras Hispanas 3.2 (2006): 75-85.

“Aproximación a la imagen del musulmán en la España medieval.” Lemir 7 (2003)
http://parnaseo.uv.es/Lemir/Revista/Revista7/Revista7.htm

Proceedings:

“Algún amor que no mate: Dulce Chacón ante la violencia de género.” Teatro, novela y cine en los inicios del siglo XXI. Ed. José Romera Castillo. Madrid: Visor, 2008. 175-186.


Book Reviews:

Flesler, Daniela. The Return of the Moor. Spanish Responses to Contemporary Moroccan Immigrations. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue UP, 2008. Letras Peninsulares. Forthcoming.

Martínez, Josebe. Exiliadas. Escritoras, Guerra civil y memoria. Madrid: Montesinos, 2007. Letras Femeninas. Forthcoming.

Mayoral, Marina. Casi Perfecto. Madrid: Alfaguara, 2007. Letras Femeninas 33.2 (2007): 158-59.

Interviews:

“Un experimentador de la novela: Entrevista a José Ángel Mañas” Anales de la
Literatura Española Contemporánea. 34.1 (2009): 335-48.

Encyclopedia Entries:

“Delibes, Miguel. Falcón, Lidia. Laforet, Carmen. Matute, Ana María. Sampedro, José Luis” World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. (Forthcoming)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DR. MICHAEL ALLEN SCHNEPF


Professor
Department of Romance Languages and Classics
University of Alabama
P.O. Box 870246/Tele. (205) 348-4238; (205) 348-5059
Office 218 B.B. Comer. FAX (205) 348-2042
E-mail: mschnepf@bama.ua.edu
Web Site: “The Galdós Manuscripts and Drawings.” (Bama.ua.edu/~galdos)
Initial Appointment: 1985. Tenure Date: 1991
Promotion to Professor: 2000

EDUCATION

1985 Ph. D. Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana). Spanish with a Minor in English.
1977 M.A. University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Iowa and Spain). Spanish.
1974 B.S. Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana). Spanish and English.

PUBLICATIONS and WORKS Accepted for Publication

“Scandal and La Cárcel Modelo: Intertextual ‘Bouncing’ in Galdós’s La desheredada.” Romance Quarterly 49 (2002): 36-49.
“Background Information for Two Political References in Clarín’s La Regenta.” Romance Notes 41 (2001): 319-324.
“X-rated Galdós: Manuscript Nudes.” Anales Galdosianos 37 (2002): 137-140.
“Why the Teachers?: Galdós’s Dedication in La desheredada.” Romance Quarterly 47 (2000): 35-40.
“La Beneficencia: Romero Robledo Versus Pérez Galdós in La desheredada.” South Atlantic Review 66 (2001): 23-49.
“A Different View of Isidora Rufete as the Symbol of Spain and a Brief Comment on Reader Sympathy.” Romance Notes 40 (2000): 325-333.
“The Political Significance of the Title of Galdós’s La desheredada.” Anales Galdosianos 34 (1999): 69-73.
“On the Creation and Execution of Pecado in Galdós’s La desheredada.” Anales Galdosianos 34 (1999): 61-68.
“The Significance of El Cencerro in Galdós’s La desheredada.” Romance Notes. 39 (1999): 325-30.
“A Note on Galdós, Ortega Munilla, and La desheredada.” Romance Notes 39 (1999): 3-8.
“The Galdós Manuscripts: An Initial Collective View.” South Atlantic Review 62 (1997): 1-17.
“(Re)-discovering Galdós’s Casandra Manuscript.” Anales Galdosianos 29-30 (1995): 121-27.
“Galdós’s El doctor Centeno Manuscript: Pedro Polo and Other Curiosities.” Romance Quarterly 44 (1994): 36-44.
“The Manuscript of Galdós’s Napoleón en Chamartín: An Initial Study.” South Atlantic Review 58 (1993): 1-16.
“From Galdós’s La desheredada Manuscript: Male Characters in Transition.” Romance Quarterly 39 (1992): 53-60.
“The Manuscript of Galdós’s Tormento.” Anales Galdosianos 26 (1991): 43-49.
“A Guide to the Manuscripts of the Second Series of episodios nacionales.” Anales Galdosianos 26 (1991): 35-42.
“History into Fiction: The Political Background to Galdós’s La desheredada.” Letras Peninsulares 4.2. (1991): 295-306.
“From the Manuscripts of Galdós’s Second Series of episodios nacionales: On the Creation of Juan Bragas de Pipaón.” Crítica Hispánica XII (1991): 21-29.
“Galdós’s La desheredada Manuscript: A Note on the Creation of Isidora Rufete.” Romance Notes 31 (1991): 245-50.
“From the Tristana Manuscript: Don Lope Garrido.” Romance Notes 31 (1990): 11-17.
“From the Tristana Manuscript: Background Information to Galdós’s Realidad.” Anales Galdosianos 25 (1990): 91-94.
“Galdós’s La desheredada Manuscript: José Relimpio y Sastre.” Hispanófila 100 (1990): 7-14.
“Galdós’s La desheredada Manuscript: Isidora in the Prado Museum.” Romance Notes 37 (1990): 321-29.
“The Naturalistic Content of La desheredada Manuscript.” Anales Galdosianos 24 (1989): 53-59.
“The Significance of the petardos in Galdós’s La desheredada.” Romance Notes 30 (1989): 107-14.
“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: A Study of Narcissism in Galdós’s La desheredada.” La Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. 3 (1989): 231-40.
“El Espejo Galdosiano: Warnings, Patterns, and Meanings.” South Atlantic Review 53 (1988): 59-66.

REVIEWS

Review of Galdós’s tercera manera by Linda Willem. Anales Galdosianos 35 (2000): 133-36.
Review of Leopoldo Alas y el fin de siglo by Adolfo Sotelo Vázquez. Letras Peninsulares Spring (1992): 192.
Review of Realismo y ficción: La desheredada de Galdós by Ignacio-Javier López. Romance Quarterly 38 (1991): 119-22.
Review of Cervantes y cuatro autores del siglo XIX (Alarcón, Pereda, Valera, y Clarín) by Ana L. Baquero Escudero. Romance Notes 38 (1991): 192-3.
Review of Vision and the Visual Arts in Galdós by Peter Bly. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 22 (1988): 139-40.
Review of Galdós: The Early Historical Novels by Brian Dendle. South Atlantic Review 52 (1987): 126-28.
Review of Imagery and Theme in the Poetry of Cecilia Meireles: A Study of ‘Mar Absoluto’ by Darlene Sadlier. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 19 (1985): 147-8.SUBMISSIONS
“Shakespeare and Defoe Under the Influence, a Naked Englishman, and Other Curiosities from Galdós’s Cádiz Manuscript.” Submitted to Confluencia (9-23-03).
“The Galdós Sketches: Quantity, Quality, and Frequency Plus Examples from the Original Manuscripts and The Galley Proofs” Submitted to Romance Quarterly (9-8-2003).
“The Manuscript of Galdós’s Mariucha: A Case of Post-Electra Caution.” Submitted to Anales Galdosianos (Oct. 2002).

WORKS IN PROGRESS

1. A critical edition of La desheredada. I already own a hard copy of the original manuscript of this 1881 novel, and I recently purchased a first edition, one that has not been bound, thus allowing us to see for the first time the actual signatures (installments).
2. “A Detailed Study of the Complete Manuscript and the Unseen Sketches of Galdós’s La desheredada.” (Monograph, 100-150 pages). 85% completed.
3. “Las entregas de la primera edición de La desheredada:
divisiones, fechas, y estrategias.”
4. “Drawings and Sketches by Galdós from all the Original Manuscripts Housed in the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid.” Over the past five years I have been slowly sifting through the 63 manuscripts and I have come up with some fascinating dibujos that deal with politics, politicians, architecture, and even pornography. I have included in the packet some of the more “curious” drawings for your perusal.

WEB SITES

1. The Galdós Manuscript Drawings: [bama.ua.edu/~galdos] All Original, never-before-seen drawing, sketches, and portraits from Galdós’s original manuscripts.
2. SPANISH OUTREACH and Hispanic Community Events. {bama.ua.edu/~spnreach}

FUTURE PROJECTS

I. “Las Sutilezas en Sotileza: el genio de Pereda.”
II. Galdós and the notorious 1888 “Crimen de la calle Fuencarral.” I have obtained the actual newspapers accounts that Galdós wrote along with interviews with suspects, lawyers, and judges. I also may have sketches done by Galdós himself of the woman convicted of the murder, Virginia Balaguer.
III. I still have dozens of microfilm copies of original manuscripts by
Galdós that no one has studied. I have numerous opportunities to do annotated editions or to write more articles based on the differences between the original and the published manuscript.


CONFERENCES AND LECTURES

2000 Wabash College. “Politics and Polemics in Galdós’s La desheredada.”
1999 NEH INSTITUTE at Duke University (June-July). “The Casino in Clarín’s La Regenta: Politics and Polemics.” Directors: Dr. Stephanie Sieburth and Dr. Harriet Turner.
1999 MACHL University of Missouri. (Oct.) “Unseen Art in the Galdós’s Original Manuscripts.” Slides and explanations.
1998 University of Missouri Literary Conference: “The Poesis of Politics and the Politics of Poesis.” My presentation: “Galdós and the Politics of La desheredada.”
1997 University of Cincinnati Literary Conference. “1880-81 Polemics in Galdós’s La desheredada.” (Paper accepted but not delivered due to illness in Cincinnati.)
1995 MLA San Diego. Interviewing for position in French.
1994 Chair of Spanish II Section, SAMLA, Knoxville, Tenn.
1992 Secretary of Section II of Spanish Peninsular Literature, SAMLA, Atlanta Georgia.
1991 “From Galdós’s La desheredada Manuscript: Male Characters in Transition.” Special Galdós Symposium within the University Kentucky Literary Conference.
1990 Modern Language Association in Chicago. “History into Fiction: The Political Background to Galdós’s La desheredada.”
1990 Chair of AATSP Section, SAMLA, Tampa, Florida.
1990 AATSP, Miami, Florida. “The Naturalistic Content of La desheredada Manuscript.”
1990 La Chispa. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “Galdós’s La desheredada Manuscript: José Relimpio y Sastre.”
1989 SAMLA, Atlanta, Georgia. “The Significance of the petardos in Galdós’s La desheredada.”
1988 La Chispa, New Orleans, Louisiana. “’A los hombres desplumarlos y sacarles las entrañas’: Sexual Conflict in Galdós’s La desheredada.”
1988 AATSP Conference. Denver, Colorado. “’Con trote de bestia’: Galdós’s Portrayal of Mariano Rufete in La desheredada.”
1987 SAMLA, Atlanta, Georgia. “Anti-feminist Thought in Galdós.”
1987 University of Cincinnati Literary Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio. “The Feminine Plight in Galdós.”
1986 SAMLA, Atlanta, Georgia. “’Se miran sin verse’: Galdós’s Campaign Against Individualism in La desheredada.”
1986 University of Cincinnati Literary Conference. “Galdós and Narcissism.”
1986 AATSP, Birmingham, Alabama. “The University of Alabama Immersion Program.”
1986 MLA, San Francisco, California.
1985 “Galdós” Conference. Madison, Wisconsin.
1985 University of Alabama Lecture. “Galdós and Romanticism.”

SERVICE

2003 University Advisor’s Committee, chaired by Hank Lazer.
2003 Elected to the initial Executive Council in the department of Modern Languages and Classics.
2003 Dissertation Committee, Rossie Stoops.
2003 Supervised Translation of 50+ pages Real Estate document for Dr. Len Zumpano. (Michael Dillon translated and I checked and rewrote).
2003 Organized ‘After-School’ Tutoring Sessions at Flatwood Elementary (Hispanics Reading English).
2003 Dissertation Committee, Eduardo Pacheco.
2003 Organized After-School Help Sessions for Flatwood Elementary.
2003 Organized PH.D. Exams for Rosa M. Stoops.
2003 Organized MA Exams for Karen James.
2002 Chairperson of Dr. Janiga-Perkins’s case for full professor.
2001-present Spanish Convener.
2002 Founder and Director of Spanish Outreach Program
2002 MA Committee of Heike Cannon
2002 Dissertation of Ms. Maritza Hives. DIRECTOR.
2001-2002 Dissertation of Ms. Elizabeth Rivera. DIRECTOR.
2001-2002 Chair of Search Committee for Golden Age Peninsular Literature.
2001 Chair of Search Committee for 20th-Century Spanish Peninsular Literature.
2001 Member Search Committee for Spanish Coordinator.
2001 Dissertation of Mr. Michael Longton. Reader.
2001 Dissertation of Ms. Jessica Ramos. Reader.
1999-2000 Film Presentation Open to University and Public: “Cría Cuervos”
by Carlos Saura. November 4, 1999.
1999-2000 Member of Search Committee for 20th-Century Latinamericanist.
1999-2000 Committee for the Selection of Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation.
1999-2003 Spanish Major/Minor Advisor.
1999 PHD Dissertation of Ms. Amy Bell-Trejo. Reader.
1999 PHD Dissertation of Ms. Claudia Polo-Vance. Reader.
1997-98 Spanish Major/Minor Advisor.
1997 PHD Dissertation of Ms. Lola Putnam. Reader.
1996 PHD Dissertation of Ms. Ellis Long. CO-DIRECTOR.
1995-96 Spanish Major/Minor Advisor.
1995-96 Coordinator SP 201-202.
1995 Member of School of Business’s CYBER Grant Proposal.
1995 (Nov.) from 1994 (Aug.) Chair of Romance Languages and Classics.
1995 Summer supervision of GTAs.
1994 Graduate Director (summer).
1994 PHD Dissertation. Ms. Beatriz Huarte. “La tercera serie de episodios nacionales: versión original versus versión publicada.” DIRECTOR.
1994-1988 Spanish Major/Minor Advisor.
1994 Member of four-person panel charged with evaluation of all incoming graduate students.
1994 Member of three-person committee charged with evaluation of Chair.
1994 Chairperson of Ms. Kim Witcher’s Doctoral Exam for Spanish Minor in Romance Languages degree.
1994 Invited by Dr. J. Barry Mason (Business Administration) to serve as member of Center for International Business and Economic Research.
1993-94 Chairperson of Review and Retention Committee.
1993 Foreign Language Day Speaker.
1991 Main speaker at State High School Spanish Festival.
1991 Member of Steering Committee for Foreign Language Alliance.
1991-90 Member of committee charged with the revision of placement hours and transfer credit.
1991-90 Director of University of Alabama 1991 Summer Abroad Program in Pamplona (eventually canceled due to Gulf War).
1991-90 Member of Dean’s Advisory Committee.
1991-90 Chair of search committee for position in 20th-century Spanish Literature.
1991-90 Member of committee studying the Junior Year Abroad and Faculty and Faculty Exchange Programs with the University of Extremadura.
1990 Member of two-person committee charged with reviewing the Spanish undergraduate program.
1990 PHD Dissertation. Ms. Nancy Mason. Reader.
1990-89 Chair of search committee for position in Italian.
1989 Arranged and directed a two-day campus visit by Dr. Brian Dendle, a renowned Galdós scholar and editor of Romance Quarterly.
1988 Evaluator/Observer of GTAs in the classroom.
1987 PHD Dissertation. Kenneth Rainey. Reader.
1986 MLA Convention in San Francisco, California. Directed interviews for position in French.
1986-87 Director of University of Alabama Summer Abroad Program in Madrid.
1986 Co-Director of the University of Alabama Language Immersion Program for Teachers.
1986 ACTFL Oral Proficiency Workshop. Columbus, Ohio.
1985 ACTFL Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

TEACHING UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA (1985-Present)

NEW! Spanish Outreach! Founder and Director (SP 390).
NEW! 2002 Section of Dr. Martin’s “Post War Film” Class. “Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios” by Pedro Almodóvar.
NEW! Independent Study (Sp 490) “Health Care within the Hispanic Community in Alabama.”
2001 NEW! Senior Seminar: “La Guerra Civil Española.”
NEW GRADUATE COURSE! Spanish Film: ‘The Cinematic Worlds of Buñuel, Saura, and Almodóvar.’
NEW GRADUATE COURSE! 20th-Century Spanish Peninsular Novel: ‘From Cela to Rosa Montero.’
The 1999 NEH Institute at Duke University featured several very helpful pedagogical sessions. Some participants gave excellent presentations on innovative ways to teach literature, civilization, and grammar.
Graduate Courses: (4) Seminars on Galdós; SP 521 and SP 522 19th-Century novel and 19th-Century drama and poetry; Hispanic Bibliography; SP 503 & SP 504 Graduate Reading Proficiency; SP 566; “Spain Through Film” (SP 590/New); “Spain on the Internet” (SP 590 Gadsden/New).
Undergraduate classes: SP 201 (Intermediate I); SP 202 (Intermediate II); SP 353 (Conversation); SP 354 (Grammar & Comp. in Spain); SP 356 Grammar & Composition);); SP 360 (Business Spanish); SP 364 (Civilization); SP 372 (Survey of Spanish Literature); SP 485 (Phonetics. Well out of my expertise); “Junior Senior Review” (SP 488/New).
Correspondence Courses at University of Alabama (1987-93):
SP 201 Intermediate Spanish
SP 202 Intermediate Spanish
SP 356 Grammar & Composition.
SP 371 Part I of Survey of Spanish Literature.
SP 372 Part II of Survey of Spanish Literature.
1985-99 Independent Studies (overload): 20+
Courses Taught at Gadsden Center. University of Alabama Graduate Courses:
2001 SP 522 Modern Spanish Theater.
2001 SP 590 Galdós’s La desheredada.
2001 SP 590 Modern Spanish Cinema (NEW).
2001 SP 524 Modern Spanish Peninsular Novel (NEW)
1998 SP 590 Grammar and Reading for Teachers. Summer.
1998 SP 590 Spain through the Internet (NEW). Spring.
1997 SP 590 Spanish Grammar, Comp. and Conver. Spring
1996 SP 590 Culture and Conversation. Fall.
1995 SP 590 Spain Through Film (NEW)
1992 SP 585 Advanced Conversation & Phonetics (NEW). Summer.
1992 SP 590 Grammar for High School Teachers. Spring.
1991 SP 590 19th-Century Poetry and Theatre. Interim.
1991 SP 590 Reading in Spanish Literature. Spring.
1990 SP 590 Advanced Composition and Grammar. Spring.
1991 PENN STATE UNIVERSITY (Visiting Scholar)
Advanced Stylistics (Fall semester).
1989 PACERS PROGRAM 19th-20th-Century Literature.
1983-85 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA: Seminar on the 19th-
Century Spanish Short Story; Seminar on Spanish Drama; Survey of Spanish Literature.
1978-83 INDIANA UNIVERSITY: Conversation and Culture;
Beginning Spanish; Intermediate Spanish; Literature and Culture.
1974-75 PEACE CORPS: English as a Second Language. Zwedru, Liberia.
1972 Language Training for Mexican migrant workers: English as a Second Language. Decatur, Indiana. Government Sponsored.
1971 Mentor for slow learners at the University of Houston.

HONORS AND GRANTS

2003 Awarded $5,000 from Dr. Robert Wells in Sponsored Programs for work with Spanish Outreach (SP 390) and the Latino Community.
2003 Arts & Sciences Teaching Grant for work with Spanish Outreach (SP 390). $2,000.
2003 Honored as Supporter of Flatwood Elementary (Spanish Outreach and After School Tutoring).
2002 Named to Editorial Board of Confluencia.
2002 Cecil and Ernest Williams Fund Enhancement Award for 2001-2002, awarded by Provost Nancy Barrett ($300).
2002 Awarded $1,100 from Dean Olin, Associate Dean Michaelson, and Dr. Godorecci for Research in Spain.
1999 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Institute at Duke University. “Authority, Text, and Context in Nineteenth-Century Spanish Realism: Leopoldo Alas’s La Regenta.” June 21 to July 30, 1999 ($3,700).
1999 Awarded a total of $1,400.00 from Dean Yarbrough (Arts & Sciences), Professor Jane Stanfield (Capstone International), Chairperson Tom Fox (Modern Languages & Classics) for Research in Madrid.
1997 University of Alabama Research Grant ($950.00).
1997 Awarded $1,200 from Drs. Yarbrough, Lazer, Jones, and Moseley for Research in Madrid.
1995 Arts and Sciences Teaching Grant ($2,000).
1991 University of Alabama Research Grant ($2,000).
1991 Grant from the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities to Study Galdós Manuscripts. ($3,000).
1991 Visiting Scholar at Penn State University ($3,000).
1990 University of Alabama Research Grant ($4,000).
1990 Capstone International Opportunity Grant ($250.00)
1988 University of Alabama Research Grant ($2,500).
1988 My proposal dealing with Galdós’s La desheredada was selected by The University of Alabama for NEH competition.
1987 University of Alabama Research Grant ($2,500).
1986 Co-Director of U.S. Department of Education Grant for Spanish Language Training for Secondary Teachers ($63, 410).
1986 University of Alabama Research Grant ($2,200).
1983 Agapito Rey Donald Sisters Scholarship. Indiana University ($250).
1982 Selected as Teacher for Indiana University’s Honors Program in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
1981 Selected as Teacher for Indiana University’s Honors Program in San Luis, Potosí, Mexico.
1974 Founder’s Day Scholar (Indiana University).
1973 Dean’s List (Indiana University).


I am quite pleased to have nominated the following colleagues for various honors and awards:
A. With great pleasure, I nominated Dr. Connie Janiga-Perkins for “The University of Alabama Teacher Fellow” for 1997-98. To see her win this award was a special moment in my own career.
B. I was proud to be invited to write a letter of support for Dr. Edward Moseley’s nomination for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award awarded to Dr. Ed Moseley in 1998.
C. I also took great pleasure in writing a very positive letter of support for Ms. Sheila Rodenberry’s nomination for the Vergil Parks McKinley Employee Award.
D. I was pleased to recommend graduate students such Maritza Hives (2001), Amy Bell Trejillo, and Kim Witcher for some highly competitive grant money.
E. I also nominated undergraduates Jennifer Noble, Amy Roth, and Valerie Hope for the for the 1995-96 Blackburn Institute.
F. Nominated Victor Spezzini for The Jack Seay Scholarship (funded by the Rotary Club Foundation) 2002.
G. Nominated Dr. Barbara Fisher for “Leadership Award” (2002).
H. Nominated Dr. Tom Fox for “Leadership Award” (2003).
I. Nominated Michael Dillon for Spain Hickman Award which he won ($3,500, 2003).
J. Nominated Elise Hayles for McWane Research Award which she won ($1,000, 2003).
K. Nominated Ms. Meliza Ramírez for Graduate Faculty Fellowship Summer (2003).
1986. I was asked to co-direct a grant/program from the U.S. Department of Education for Spanish Language Training for Secondary Teachers ($63,410) that would bring high school teachers from all parts of Alabama to participate in a six-week total immersion program. I was asked to serve as co-director (when the original director unexpectedly accepted another position) and to take charge of all the logistical details as well as to review the overall philosophical approach that we had proposed. The Program was, of course, done all in Spanish and we were often with the students from 8:00 AM until 10:00 PM. I am very glad to report that the program was a great success and that I still hear from many of the participants.
1993. The NEH requested that I review a proposal for a research conference whose aim was to study Zorrilla’s play, Don Juan Tenorio, within the parameters of Spanish Romanticism and to discuss the impact of the Don Juan theme on Spanish society ($55,726). I carefully studied the project and found it to be well thought out, challenging, and logistically sound. Moreover, the established scholars who had agreed to participate (i.e., Donald Shaw and David Gies) are highly regarded intellectuals. I gave the program a rating of excellent.

FOREIGN STUDY AND TRAVEL

2002 Research in Madrid (summer).
2001 Research in Madrid (summer).
1999 Research in Madrid (spring).
1997 Research in Madrid (summer).
1991 Research in Madrid (summer).
1989 Research in Madrid (summer).
1988 Research in Madrid and the Canary Islands (summer).
1987 Research in Madrid (summer).
1982 San Luis Potosí, Mexico (summer).
1981 San Luis Potosí, Mexico (summer).
1979 Marrakech
1979 Soria, Spain (summer).
1978 Soria, Spain (summer).
1978 London, England.
1977 Soria, Spain (summer).
1976 Soria, Spain (summer).
1974-75 Zwedru, Liberia (Peace Corps).
1974-75 Sierra Leon, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast

COMPUTER TRAINING

Courses taken at Seebeck Computer Center:
Power Point (1) UNIX
Power Point (2) WEB Publication

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (past & present)

Modern Language Association.
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
Asociación Internacional de Galdosistas.
South Atlantic Modern Language Association.

 

 

 

 

DR. TOLEDO

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Guatemalan Artists and Writers during the Post-WarContex.

Identidad y Sexualidad en los imaginarios de las artistas del arte visual y el perfomance en la Guatemala de hoy.

CURRENT RESEARCH

“Autobiography, Testimony, and the Narrative Hybrid:  From Enrique Gómez Carrillo to the Narrators of Postmodern Guatemalan Literature”

“Latin American Film and Narrative: Women Directors and Writers”


Publication of Reviews, Articles and Interviews

"El acento marginal de la poesía guatemalteca de los últimos tiempos". Sinopsis 10, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, México, marzo-abril, 1994.

"Ante el imaginario retrato: Josefa García Granados" in Volver a imaginarlas: Retratos y espejos: biografías de escritoras centroamericanas. Janet Gold, Honduras: Guaymuras Publisher, 1998.

"Era tal el ciego ardor". Introducción. Para conjurar el sueño. Anthology of Guatemalan Women Poets. Co-editor, with Anabella Acevedo. Guatemala: Landívar University, 1998.

Capítulo XVII. Literatura. Enciclopedia Océano. Barcelona: Grupo Editorial Océano, 1998.

"Rostros imaginarios: Escritura de biografías de mujeres guatemaltecas". Revista Letras, San Carlos University, Faculty of Humanities, 1999.

"Cuando el poeta novísimo despertó, la tradición todavía estaba allí". Introduction. Tanta imagen tras la puerta. Anthology of Guatemalan Young Poets. Co-editor, with Anabella Acevedo. Guatemala: Landívar University, 1999, 11-17.

"Apuntes mágico-realistas en torno a una lectura simultánea de Hombres de maíz de Miguel Angel Asturias y Macunaíma de Mário de Andrade". Algarero 4. Guatemala, June-December, 1999.

"Más allá del espejo: apuntes alrededor de una nueva lectura de El señor presidente". Aida Toledo. En la mansa oscuridad blanca de la cumbre. Guatemala: Ministry of Culture Publisher, 1999, 68-93.

"El alhajadito de Miguel Angel Asturias: una lectura desde afuera".San Carlos University Magazine, 1999.

“Poesía, cuerpo y performance como verdaderas emergencias estéticas en la Guatemala de hoy”. Temas Centrales, San José de Costa Rica, Teóretica-The Rockfeller Foundation-GATE Foundation-Hivos, 2001, 87-94.

Poetry, Body and Performance as True Aesthetic Emergencies in

Today’s Guatemala”. Temas Centrales, San José de Costa Rica, Teóretica-The Rockfeller Foundation-GATE Foundation-Hivos, 2001, 354-60.

“Escudriñar entre los excesos de lo masculino” La Tertulia, Electronic Review, No. 1, 5 enero, 2002.

“Desencanto y escepticismo postmodernos: Las murallas de Méndez Vides”. Revista Magna Terra, No. 39. Enero/febrero, 2002.

“Josefa García Granados y el arte de sobrevivir a pesar de todo”, La Cuerda Año 4, N.44, April 9, 2002.

“En el performance y la instalación: espacios imaginarios de artistas guatemaltecas”. Espejos que dejan ver. María Elvira Iriarte y Eliana Ortega Ed. Isis Internacional  Review, No. 33, Santiago de Chile, December 2002, 145-56.

"Amores sin cabeza: Ritualidad y desenmascaramiento". Miguel Angel Asturias. Teatro. Critical Edition. Lucrecia Méndez de Penedo Ed. París. Archivos, 2003, 1127-38.

“Contornos del mapa de las exclusiones: algunas observaciones sobre la escritura de mujeres guatemaltecas”. Pasos a desnivel. Mapa urbano de la cultura contemporánea en Guatemala. Rosina Cazali Ed. Guatemala: Ediciones La Curandería, 2003, 34-37.

“Donde hay un erotismo fuerte hay poder”. Introduction. Aida Toledo Ed. Desde la zona abierta: artículos críticos sobre la obra de Ana María Rodas. Guatemala: Editorial Palo de Hormigo. 2004, 7-11.

“Feminismo y subversión en los setenta en Guatemala: Poemas de la izquierda erótica, historia de un libro”en Desde la zona abierta, Aida Toledo Ed. Guatemala: Editorial Palo de Hormigo, 2004, 131-43.

"Cuentos de derrota y esperanza de Monteforte Toledo: a propósito de una estética ligada al exilio". Revista Cultura de Guatemala. Segunda Época: Año XXV. Volumen 1, enero-abril, 2004. Guatemala: Editorial Landívar, 97-110.

"Variaciones culturales de las representaciones de lo femenino, en algunas obras de Miguel Angel Asturias". Actas del Coloquio Internacional "Miguel Angel Asturias 104 años después". Revista Abrapalabra. Publicación Única. Guatemala: Universidad Landívar, 2004, 173-182.

“Visiones discursivas a partir de un canon alternativo: Clarice Lispector, Diamela Eltit y Eugenia Gallardo”, en Revista Iberoamericana. University of Pittsburgh, Vol. LXX, Núms. 206, Enero-Marzo 2004, 237-249.

“Reflexiones acerca de la violencia en el lenguaje literario”. LaCuerda, No. 66. Guatemala, abril del 2004.
http://www.geocities.com/lacuerda_gt/eds/2004/lc200466.htm#lapaseante3
LaCuerda No. 66 Word doc: http://www.geocities.com/lacuerda_descargas/2004/laCuerda66.doc

“Erotismo e identidad en la cultura nacional”, en La Cuerda: una mirada feminista de la realidad, Año 7, No. 69, Guatemala, Julio 2004, 8.

“Apuntes y aproximaciones a la poesía guatemalteca actual”. L'Ordinaire Latino-américain.Toulouse: Editorial: I.P.E.A.L.T., Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail, Juillet-Septembre, 197, 2004, 53-59.

“Entre lo indígena y lo ladino: El tiempo principia en Xibalbá y Velador de noche, soñador de día, tonalidades melodramáticas en la narrativa  guatemalteca contemporánea” Tatuana Número 2. Modern Languages and Classics. University of Alabama. Agosto, 2005 http://bama.ua.edu/~tatuana

“Pedazos de cielo de Arturo Monroy o de cómo se cosen los sentimientos”. Catálogo “Pedazos de cielo”. Obra reciente de Arturo Monroy. Guatemala: Centro Cultural de la Embajada de México, “Luis Cardoza y Aragón”, noviembre, 2004.

“Pedazos de cielo de Arturo Monroy o de como se cosen los sentimientos”. Tatuana Número 2. Modern Languages and Classics. University of Alabama Agosto, 2005 http://bama.ua.edu/~tatuana

“Estrategias discursivas en el tratamiento del erotismo y la sexualidad, en la poesía de mujeres guatemaltecas” Introduction.  Rosa palpitante, Juan Fernando Cifuentes y Aida Toledo Ed., Guatemala: Editorial Palo de Hormigo, 2005, 13-26/203-204.

“Tacones cercanos”. Revista D. No. 66. Prensa Libre. 9 de Octubre de 2005: 24-25.

“Tacones cercanos”. Revista D. Online Publication. Semanario de Prensa Libre • No. 66. 9 de Octubre de 2005.
http://www.prensalibre.com/pl/domingo/archivo/revistad/2005/octubre05/091005/dcultura.shtml

“Dos ensayos: Entre el indigenismo y la contemporaneidad: la narrativa de Mario Monteforte Toledo y Augusto Monterroso y la costumbre de convertir el texto en un exigente campo minado para lectores desprevenidos”. Maga, Revista Panameña de Cultura. Tercera época. No.57-58. Octubre 2005, 20-24.

Estrategias de reconstrucción de la historia no oficial: Ceremonia del mapache de Otoniel Martínez”. Panel: “Nuevas tendencias en la literatura guatemalteca y centroamericana.” LASA 2006 XXVI International Congress, Puerto Rico, March 15-18, 2006. Memoria de las Actas del Congreso LASA, 2006, CD.

Hoja de morera de Edgar León o la pesarosa embriaguez de nostálgico retorno”

Introduction. Edgar León, Laberintos del insomnio. Guatemala: Magna Terra, 2006, 9-13.

“Tras la pista del Alhajadito”en Cien años de magia. Oralia Preble-Niemi Ed. Guatemala: F&G Editores, 2006, 139-155.

“Gringo viejo, novela y film: subversión e intertextualidad en productos simbólicos del canon latinoamericano”. Territorios de La Mancha. Actas del VI Congreso de la AEELH, Cuenca, España, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, en prensa [2006].

Forthcoming in 2007-2009:

“Vivir aquí y escribir desde allá: reflexiones acerca de una estética del distanciamiento” in Ana María Rodas Ed. Palabras de mujer, México: Editorial del Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2007.

Introduction. Patricia Cortés. Mal de ojo. Selection of Short Stories. Guatemala: Editorial Cultura, 2007.

Introduction. Enrique Noriega Ed. La manzana de la discordia: Antología de la Generación del 30. Guatemala: Magna Terra Editores, 2007.

Interviews

Interview with Marta Sandoval for the newspaper ElPeriódico: “Aida Toledo, con la lengua pegada al paladar”. Guatemala, 2 de agosto de 2006.

Interview with Marta Sandoval for the newspaper ElPeriódico: “Aida Toledo, con la lengua pegada al paladar”. Guatemala, 2 de agosto de 2006. http://www.fygeditores.com/filcen-filgua/P00079.htm

Interview with Roel Soto about Enrique Gómez Carrillo and Poetry Reading: Café con Letras Program (Coffee with Literature). San Carlos University Radio Station (92.6 FM). Monday, July 24, 2006.

Interview and Poetry Reading with Johanna Godoy for Radio Faro Aviateca (Radio Station of the Ministry of Culture). Monday, July 31, 2006.

Rodas, Ana María. Yo estoy, yo soy, y no necesito nada más” . By Aida Toledo. Personal interview. Guatemala, 2006. http://www.jehat.com/Jehaat/Sp/Poets/Aida.htm

Interview with Ana Lucía Ola. “Recopilación de poemas”. By Ana Lucía Ola. Siglo 21. Octubre 18, 2005

Adoum, Jorge Enrique. “Jorge Enrique Adoum y Entre Marx y una mujer desnuda”. By Aida Toledo. Tatuana Número 2. Modern Languages and Classics. University of Alabama. Agosto, 2005  http://bama.ua.edu/~tatuana

Interview with Professor Marie-Louise Ollé. Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail, Antigua Guatemala, July, 2005.

Interview with Roel Soto: “Narrativa guatemalteca de la postmodernidad”. Café con Letras Program (Coffee with Literature). San Carlos University Radio Station (92.6 FM). Friday, July 16, 2004.

Interview with Marta Sandoval for the newspaper ElPeriódico: “Ana María Rodas, más allá de sus palabras”. Guatemala, July 14 de 2004.

Interviewed  the Ecuadorian writer Jorge Enrique Adoum, about his novel Entre Marx y una mujer desnuda, Guatemala, August 2003.

Interviewed  the artist, Carolina Pineda, and made the first documentation of her visual work, Guatemala City, July-August, 2002.

Rodas, Ana María. “Yo estoy, yo soy y no necesito nada más: diálogo con Ana María Rodas”. By Aida Toledo. Guatemala 2002. Tatuana 1. Modern Languages and Classics. University of Alabama.
http://bama.ua.edu/~tatuana/numero1/index.html

Scholarly Presentations

“La escritura joven guatemalteca: a propósito de la poesía de Wingston González”.CILCA. Antigua Guatemala, Abril 18-20, 2007.

“Conversatorio sobre literatura centroamericana y lectura de poesía”. Festival Internacional de Poesía de Granada, y Nicaragua, 3a. Edición. February 6-11, 2007.

La miseria de Madrid: o de cómo seguirle la huella a Gómez Carrillo”.  I International Congress: “Reencuentro con Enrique Gómez Carrillo”. Rafael Landivar University & Enrique Gómez Carrillo Association. Rafael Landívar University Campus. Agosto 2-4, 2006.

“Por qué otra vez Gómez Carrillo”. Panel: “Excusas para volar: abordamientos críticos sobre literatura guatemalteca”. IV Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades. Madrid, 24-27 de junio de 2006.

Estrategias de reconstrucción de la historia no oficial: Ceremonia del mapache de Otoniel Martínez”. Panel: “Nuevas tendencias en la literatura guatemalteca y centroamericana.” LASA 2006 XXVI International Congress, Puerto Rico, March 15-18, 2006.

"Entre la violencia, el desaliento y el amor, imágenes recurrentes en la poesía de cuatro poetas mayas contemporáneos" XXV Biennial Louisiana Conference on Hispanic Languages and Literatures. Lod Cook Conference Center and Hotel. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. February 23-25, 2006.

Entre el deseo y la realidad: la poesía de Isabel de los Angeles Ruano y Carolina Pineda”. XV AILFH Conference, Honduras, October 19-22, 2005.

“Los discursos testimoniales de Rigoberta Menchú”. I Encuentro de Críticos Guatemaltecos. Centro Cultural de España, Junio 8-11, 2005.

“Entre lo indígena y lo ladino: El tiempo principia en Xibalbá y Velador de noche, soñador de día, tonalidades melodramáticas en la narrativa guatemalteca contemporánea”. XIV CILCA (Central American International Congress). El Salvador, Central America. March 2-4, 2005.

“Gringo viejo, novela y film: subversión e intertextualidad en productos simbólicos del canon latinoamericano”. VI Congreso de la Asociación Española de Estudios Literarios Hispanoamericanos. Territorios de la Mancha: Versiones y subversiones cervantinas en la Literatura Hispanomericana. Almagro- Spain. From September 27-October 1, 2004.

“Discursos desgarrados, autobiográficos y paródicos en las narrativas de Clarice Lispector, Diamela Eltit y Eugenia Gallardo". Annual Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures. May 13-15, 2004.

"Intertextualidad, hipertextualidad y representación en: Entre Marx y una mujer desnuda de Jorge Enrique Adoum y Camilo Luzuriaga”. SECOL LXX and LAVIS III. University of Alabama. April 15-17, 2004.

“La Izquierda erótica de Ana María Rodas: historia de un libro subversivo”. Southeast Coastal on Language & Literature. Georgia Southern University. March 25-27, 2004.

“Variaciones culturales de las representaciones de lo femenino, en algunas obras de Miguel Ángel Asturias”, International Colloquium “Miguel Angel Asturias 104 años después”, Guatemala, Landívar University, July 2-4, 2003.

“Bosquejando el mapa artístico en Guatemala:  textualidades híbridas y descentradas" Congreso Internacional de Literatura Centroamericana (CILCA) San José, Costa Rica, March 4-7, 2003.

“Texturas cotidianas y representaciones de lo femenino en los imaginarios de artistas y escritoras de Guatemala”, Dallas, Latin American Studies Association (LASA), March 27-29, 2003.

“Cuban-ism: the Aesthetic in Gutierrez Alea Films”. Southern Comparative Literature Asociation (SCLA), Alabama, October 2002.

“Visiones discursivas a partir de la aparición de un canon alternativo: Clarice Lispector, Diamela Eltit y Eugenia Gallardo y el cómo narrar desde espacios femeninos”. 55th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, April 18-20, 2002.

“Las formas de representación de la mujer en los carteles de publicidad y fotografías de películas mexicanas en la primera mitad del siglo xx”.Cultural Encounters Conference, Tulane University, April 4-6, 2002.

“The Cuban film of Gutiérrez Alea”. Latin American Studies Seminar. University of Alabama, April 2, 2002.

"Poesía, cuerpo y performance como verdaderas emergencias estéticas en la Guatemala de hoy", Central American Congress "Cultura y Pensamiento", Costa Rica, May, 2000.

"Antecedentes y desarrollo de la poesía visual latinoamericana del siglo XX", Forth Worth, Texas Christian University, April 2000.

"Rasgos postmodernos en Las murallas de Méndez Vides", Central American International Congress, Guatemala, March, 2000.

"El alhajadito de Miguel Angel Asturias", New York, Americas Society, March 2000.

"El alhajadito de Miguel Angel Asturias: una lectura desde afuera", Congress of the Magazine: "Alba de América", Guatemala, August, 1999.

"La poesía de Miguel Angel Asturias", Poetry Workshop, Cobán City, Guatemala, August, 1999.

"De oficio de escritor a oficio de lector: comentarios alrededor de Oficio

 de lector de Luis Eduardo Rivera", Quetzaltenango City,"Frida Khalo"Bookstore, August, 1999.

"Las murallas de Méndez Vides", Quetzaltenango City, Guatemala, June, 1999.

"Rostros imaginarios: escritura de biografías de mujeres guatemaltecas", Central American International Congress, Panamá, March, 1998.

"Memoria de la muerte de Edgar Gutiérrez: viaje sobre un paisaje impreciso", "La Bodeguita del Centro", Guatemala City, 1997.

"La poesía de Ana María Rodas: fundación de un nuevo espacio poético", Central American Universities Congress, MUSAC, University of San Carlos, 1997.

"Poesía guatemalteca de los últimos tiempos". Lecture and Reading of Contemporary Guatemalan poetry In Spanish. New Hampshire. University of New Hampshire, October 1996.

"Poesía guatemalteca actual". Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature, August, 1994.

"Los demonios salvajes de Mario Roberto Morales: apuntes sobre una estética de la incoherencia", Guatemala, MUSAC, August, 1993.

"El acento marginal de la poesía guatemalteca de los últimos tiempos". "Intellectual Congress", Chiapas, México, 1993.

"La poesía de Luis Eduardo Rivera, Enrique Noriega, Ana María Rodas y Francisco Nájera", Alianza Francesa de Guatemala, 1992.

"El ascensor: Estrategias textuales en un cuento de Ricardo Estrada Estrada" Guatemala, Faculty of Humanities,Department of Literature,Simposio sobre Ricardo Estrada, 1992.

PUBLICATIONS

Anthologies

Para conjurar el sueño, Anthology of Guatemalan Women Poets. Co-editor, with Anabella Acevedo. Guatemala: Landívar University, 1998.


Tanta imagen tras la puerta. Anthology of Guatemalan Young Poets. Co-editor, with Anabella Acevedo. Guatemala: Landívar University, 1999.

En la mansa oscuridad blanca de la cumbre. Women Essays. Miguel Angel Asturias' Work. Guatemala: Ministry of Culture Publisher, 1999.

Mujeres que cuentan. Anthology of Guatemalan Women Writers. Co-editor, with Lucrecia Méndez de Penedo. Guatemala: Landívar University, 2000.

Literary Criticism Books

Vocación de herejes: Reflexiones acerca de literatura guatemalteca contemporánea. Guatemala: Ministry of Culture Publisher-AcademiaEditora, 2002.

Text Books

Comunicación 2. Spanish Text Book for Middle School. Aida Toledo and Sagrario Castellanos, Ed. Guatemala: Editorial Norma, 1995

Poetry Books

Brutal batalla de silencios. Guatemala: Ministry of Culture Publisher, 1990.


Realidad más extraña que el sueño. Guatemala: Ministry of Culture Publisher, 1994.


Cuando Pittsburgh no cesa de ser Pittsburgh. Guatemala: Del Pensativo Publisher, 1997.

Bondades de la cibernética/ Kindness of Cybernetics, Bilingual Edition. Guatemala: Landívar University-Colloquia-El Cadejo Publisher, 1998.

Noches que mi lengua lame, Guatemala: El Cadejo Publisher, 2003.

Narrative Book

Diz-cuentos. Anthology of Short Stories. Guatemala: Facultad de Humanidades, 1988.

Pezóculos, Guatemala: Palo de Hormigo Publisher, 2001.


Reviews and articles

"El acento marginal de la poesía guatemalteca de los últimos tiempos". Sinopsis 10, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, México, marzo-abril, 1994.

"Ante el imaginario retrato: Josefa García Granados"in Volver a imaginarlas: Retratos y espejos: biografías de escritoras centroamericanas. Janet Gold, Honduras: Guaymuras Publisher, 1998.

"Era tal el ciego ardor". Introducción. Para conjurar el sueño. Anthology of Guatemalan Women Poets. Co-editor, with Anabella Acevedo. Guatemala: Landívar University, 1998.

Capítulo XVII. Literatura. Enciclopedia Océano. Barcelona: Grupo Editorial Océano, 1998.

"Rostros imaginarios: Escritura de biografías de mujeres guatemaltecas". Revista Letras, San Carlos University, Faculty of Humanities, 1999.

"Cuando el poeta novísimo despertó, la tradición todavía estaba allí". Introduction. Tanta imagen tras la puerta. Anthology of Guatemalan Young Poets. Co-editor, with Anabella Acevedo. Guatemala: Landívar University, 1999.

"Apuntes mágico-realistas en torno a una lectura simultánea de Hombres de maíz de Miguel Angel Asturias y Macunaíma de Mário de Andrade". Algarero 4.
Guatemala, June-December, 1999.

"Más allá del espejo: apuntes alrededor de una nuevalectura de El señor presidente". Aida Toledo. En la mansa oscuridad blanca de la cumbre. Guatemala: Ministry of Culture Publisher, 1999.

"El alhajadito de Miguel Angel Asturias: una lectura desde afuera".San Carlos University Magazine, 1999. “Definiendo cuerpos propios: los alegóricos tacones de Jessica Lagunas”, La Cuerda, Septiembre, 2000, 8.

"Amores sin cabeza: Ritualidad y desenmascaramiento". Miguel Angel Asturias. Teatro. Critical Edition. Ed. Lucrecia Méndez de Penedo. París. Archivos, 2001.

Poetry, Body and Performance as True Aesthetic Emergencies in Today’s Guatemala”, in Temas Centrales, San José de Costa Rica, Teóretica-The Rockfeller Foundation-GATE Foundation-Hivos, 2001.

“Los excesos del machismo” “La Tertulia”, ElectronicReview, December 2001-January 2002.

“Josefa García Granados y el arte de sobrevivir a pesar de todo”, La Cuerda Año 4, N.44, Abril 9, 2002.

"En el performance y la instalación: espacios imaginarios de artistas guatemaltecas" en Espejos que dejan ver. Mujeres en las artes visualeslatinoamericanas, Ed. María Iliana Iriarte y Eliana Ortega. Isis Internacional. Santiago de Chile. Diciembre 2002. Ediciones de Mujeres No.33.

“Tras la pista del alhajadito". Cien años de magia: ensayos críticos en honor del centenario de Miguel Angel Asturias, Ed. Oralia Preble-Niemi.

“El Canon alternativo: Clarice Lispector, Diamela Eltit y Eugenia Gallardo”, en Revista Iberoamericana, Ed. Lelia Aréa.Pittsburgh.


“Entre lo indígena y lo ladino: El tiempo principia en Xibalbá Y Velador de noche, soñador de día”, Ed. Hermann Herlinghaus.

“Identidad y sexualidad: Un viaje por los espacios imaginarios de artistas guatemaltecas contemporáneas”. Isis Internacional Review, Eliana Ortega Ed., Chile, 2002.

 

Biography of George Wayland Taylor

A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, where he received his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, Dr. George W. Taylor spent a few years of employment before continuing his education with the master's program in Spanish at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. The master's thesis topic centered on the Spanish author Baroja as an interest within the 19th and 20th centuries of Peninsular literature. After gaining the M.A.degree, he added graduate credits in Latin American Studies to include the fields of history, geography, political science and others within the Spanish speaking world.

In 1980 he received the Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts with modem Peninsular literature as the major concentration of studies and modern Spanish American literature and Spanish linguistics as minor areas. Since 1984 he has lived in Tuscaloosa with his wife and children while teaching at the University of Alabama in the Department of Romance Languages and Classics, now constituted within the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

In recent years his teaching has focused upon the honors classes of Spanish 201 and 202 as well as the two courses of civilization and culture for Spain and Spanish America. Knowing and relating to Hispanics locally and in several Hispanic countries and time spent in those countries provides Dr. Taylor with unending interests for enthusiastic expression inside and outside of the classroom. The creative use of language through writing fiction is another strong interest.

 

DR. JANIGA-PERKINS

Books Reviewed

Janiga-Perkins, Constance, J. Immaterial Transcendences: Colonial Subjectivity as Process in Brazil's "Letter" of Discovery (1500). Wor(l)ds of Change: Latin American & Iberian Literature 51. New York: Peter Lang, 2001. 144 pp.

Janiga-Perkins' Immaterial Transcendences offers a close reading of Pero Vaz de Caminha's Letter of Discovery [Carta de achamento] that aims at uncovering rhetorical devices within the text that point to a (European or Portuguese) colonial subjectivity in crisis as it attempts to represent the newly encountered (Amerindian) Other. Janiga-Perkins argues that far from being a seamless narrative where Renaissance Europe takes textual possession of the New World and its inhabitants, the birth certificate of Brazil reveals the act of representation as 'process' whereby both subject and object are transformed into a 'third' or 'hybrid' entity. This particular insight opens up the possibility for new readings of this seminal text. In fact, the author treats Caminha's Letter both as historical and literary text, therefore her work is a cross between literary analysis and historiography, at the same time as it is nurtured by conceptual notions stemming from postcolonial theory, deconstruction, and to a certain degree, psychoanalysis.

More precisely, Janiga-Perkins suggests that there is a tense movement within the text that, in essence, reveals a struggle to bridge the gap between separateness and unity, as far as the relationship between the Portuguese and the Tupi is concerned. Thus, at one extreme of this contact zone there is a series of 'textual stutters' that occur in key segments of the document. These stutters would constitute unconscious rhetorical manifestations within European colonial discourse of the impossibility of taking possession of the Other. The author desires to determine when, how, where, and why these textual stutters occur. A large portion of Janiga-Perkins study is dedicated to analyzing these rhetorical manifestations.

At the other extreme of the Tupi-Portuguese contact zone would be instances of reciprocal acculturation where the distinction between self and Other begins to blur. This is most noticeable in reference to nudity. It is a well-known fact to readers of this foundational text that the Portuguese become most fascinated by the unselfconsciousness displayed by the Tupi with regard to nudity. This plain reality drastically subverts fifteenth/sixteenth century European notions of culture and civilization, and yet, as Janiga-Perkins affirms, the writing subject in the Letter of Discovery seems to be at least temporarily seduced into accepting the naturalness of the naked body. Hence, Immaterial Transcendences takes the reader through various passages within the Letter where one witnesses 'acts of transcendence,' in which the writing subject transcends the existential/cultural position where he is initially located as the narrative progresses.

Immaterial Transcendences offers one of the most suggestive as well as meticulous close readings available of Brazil's Letter of Discovery. Janiga-Perkins' book is successful in providing new critical ways of approaching one the most canonical texts within Luso-Brazilian literature and historiography. Most particularly, by absorbing various hermeneutical strategies and conceptual notions from contemporary theoretical currents such as postcolonialism and deconstruction, and effectively deploying them in her analysis, Caminha's Letter can now be read differently; no longer as a site of colonial stasis but as a site of contradiction, ambivalence, and resistance. This particular book exemplifies the considerable leaps in the critical reception of colonial texts since the pioneering philological work by Jaime Cortesao (in A Carta de Pero Vaz de Caminha, 1943) and is more in line with thf more recent theoretically informed readings by critics such as Alfredo Bosi (Dialetica da colonizacao, 1992), even though Janiga-Perkin's work is not informed by Marxism as Bosi's work.

For its content matter and engaging theoretical approach Immaterial Transcendences should appeal greatly to literary critics and historians alike, Luso-Brazilianists, as well as Latin Americanists, and in general, scholars of colonialism.

As for its shortcomings, the author could have helped the reader by further clarifying the meaning of the book title. The author intimates as to its various shades of meaning but a more straightforward definition at the beginning would have been useful. Otherwise, the term "Luso-Brazilian," which is never used by the author, is in fact more appropriate when describing the "place of origin" of Caminha's Letter. It is as Brazilian as it is Portuguese and it was produced at a moment when the borders between both Portugal and Brazil were not clearly defined. The term "Conquest," on the other hand, has been traditionally used in reference to the Spanish experience of navigations and "discoveries" and not to the Portuguese. Yet, this conscious or unconscious semantic levelling of the Portuguese and Spanish expansionistic experiences on the author's part is suggestive and begs us to re-consider the terminology that is used to describe and ultimately to distinguish between historical realities that may not be as far apart as has been traditionally believed particularly within the realm of Portuguese historiography. These are rather small yet not unimportant critical observations that in no way undermine the rigor and originality of Janiga-Perkins' critical enterprise as a whole in Immaterial Transcendences.

Femando Arenas
University of Minnesota

Arenas, Fernando. Rev of Immaterial Transcendences: Colonial Subjectivity as Process in Brazil's "Letter" of Discovery (1500), by Constance Janiga-Perkings. Luso-Brazilian Review. Vol 39, Number 1. Summer 2002

 

 

DR. VILLAGOMEZ

Assistant Professor Rosita E. Villagómez earned her Ph.D. in Spanish from Florida State University in 2005. Her dissertation, entitled “El esclavo silenciado en las letras puertorriqueñas del siglo XIX,” examined the thematic representation of slavery in colonial Puerto Rico as it appears in poetry, theatre, and essays written before emancipation in 1873. It argues, contrary to contemporary criticism, that there is a discourse of resistance to social and political slavery. Her area of research is 19th century Latin American and Caribbean literature, and postcolonial theories of race, ethnicity, and nationalism. Currently, she is researching the works of Puerto Rican writers Carmela Eulela Sanjurjo (1871-1961) and Salvador Brau (1842-1912) as well as continuing her research on the African Diaspora in the Caribbean

Papers presented:
Villagómez, Rosita E., “La cuarterona: A Question of Hibridity and Agency in Nineteenth Century Puerto Rico.” Trans/National Film and Literature Cultural Production and The Claim of History, 30th Annual Conference on Literature and Film, Tallahassee, Florida State University, FL, January 27-29, 2005.

--- "Plácido y Manzano: Dos poetas cubanos del siglo XIX" Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies, Chapel Hill, NC, March 6-8, 2003.

--- “El discurso emancipador de José Martí y Eugenio María de Hostos.” Conferencia Internacional por el Equilibrio del Mundo, La Habana, Cuba, January 27-30, 2003.

--- “La colonialidad de poder en Patria y libertad de José Martí.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Baltimore, MD, November 15-17, 2002.

--- “Espejo de paciencia: Reflection of the Social Imaginary.” Race and Racism in Literature and Film, 2002 Annual Colloquium on Literature and Film, Morgantown, West Virginia University, WV, October 10-12, 2002.

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